Applying for sea time
RV Investigator is a highly advanced research vessel with a broad range of scientific equipment to support marine scientists in oceanography and climatology, fisheries, marine ecosystems, marine environmental research and
There are two options available to prospective investigators to access time on board the vessel to conduct research:
1. MNF Granted Voyages (GV)
In May 2014 the Australian Government reaffirmed a commitment to the MNF, allocating AU$65.7million over the next four years to operate Investigator. This funding allows approximately 180 research days at sea per year to be competitively funded on merit as MNF Granted Voyages (GV), which is the fundamental principle underpinning the establishment of the MNF.
The MNF operates on a rolling annual cycle of MNF Granted Voyages which cover financial years from July to June. Each annual application round begins two years in advance of the commencement of the relevant MNF Granted Voyage schedule and applications for single and multi-year MNF Granted Voyages up to three years ahead are accepted.
Further information on the applications process for MNF Granted Voyages can be found here.
2. User Funded Voyages (UFV)
Given Investigator’s capacity to provide up to 300 days per year at sea, the MNF can provide additional days through other arrangements to maximise research in the national interest. Currently, the MNF funding for 180 GV days creates significant opportunities to utilise additional days at sea as User Funded Voyages (UFV) within each annual research schedule.
Further information on applying for UFV can be found in the Principles of Access to Investigator.
This short video provides an overview of the Marine National Facility and how to apply for sea time on board the research vessel Investigator.
Updated: 22 February 2017