The organizational structure of ICDP is “lean and mean”. It is simple and transparent, and is flexible in dealing with the logistical needs of individual projects yet uncompromising as regards scientific excellence; and it is inexpensive to administer.
The Science Advisory Group (SAG) is an independent body of internationally renowned experts from the research fields covered by ICDP projects. It has the task of carrying out a thorough scientific evaluation of the individual competing proposals submitted to ICDP and to compile a priority list based on expected scientific merits. Submissions for workshops may come from all countries, irrespective of whether they are in ICDP, but full proposals are accepted only from ICDP member countries. The recommendations of the SAG are the primary input to the EC as it develops projects for both annual and long-range programs.
Current Panel Members (by Country)
Due to the significantly increased number of member countries, SAG membership is restricted to 15 experts (excluding the Chairman) who are appointed for a period of four years. Category A countries may nominate two members each to SAG, via their respective national funding organizations. Category B countries may nominate one member each to SAG via their respective funding organizations. The remaining “free seats” are selected by the EC in consultation with the SAG Chair, out of a list of candidates provided by all the other ICDP member countries’ funding agencies.