Credit: Pete Harmsen

User Funded Voyages (UFV)

Proposals for User Funded Voyages (UFV) are open year round. Investigator’s annual Granted Voyage (GV) schedule is generally available 12 months ahead of the commencement of each schedule, therefore UFV proposals lodged ahead of the MNF GV scheduling process will have greater opportunity of being integrated into Investigator’s research schedule.

The Investigator at sea with an aerial view of the rear deck

Investigator with a view of the rear deck

Types of use

The MNF considers applications for UFV to fall into one of the two following categories:

  1. Research organisations and their collaborators who charter the MNF research vessel to complete the ship-based components of their research; or
  2. Charters involving commercial charge arrangements, subject to competitive neutrality policy.


With a fixed budget for the GV schedule, the MNF is unable to fund additional days at sea and must at least recover the incremental operating costs for the vessel. Commercial rates will apply to proposals deemed subject to competitive neutrality policy.

Relevant policies and documents

Updated: 01 May 2017