SAG is an independent body of internationally renowned experts in the research fields covered by ICDP projects. It has the task of carrying out a thorough scientific evaluation of all Pre-, Workshop and Full Proposals submitted to ICDP, to assign priority based on expected impact on science as well as outreach and educational potential of the individual competing proposals. SAG comments on the technical planning of Full Proposals and provides a comparison and ranking of Full Proposals. The recommendations of the SAG are the primary input to the Executive Committee (EC) as it develops projects for both long-range and annual programs.
The SAG meets once per year, usually in spring for an intense 3-days proposal review marathon.