MNF 2030 strategy

MNF 2030 provides a 10-year strategy to guide the Marine National Facility in the delivery of safe, efficient and excellent marine research to benefit the nation.

Download the strategy

This document is available for download: MNF 2030 [pdf · 5mb]

   

Watch the webinar

Recording of webinar on 25 Nov 2020: Come on board with MNF 2030!

MNF 2030 is a milestone strategy for the Marine National Facility (MNF) and will guide the use of Australia’s dedicated marine research capability for the next 10 years. Building on our significant achievements to date, MNF 2030 seeks to ensure that access to the MNF is broad and equitable, and that the research we enable is aligned with Australia’s national research priorities.

What is changing?
Cover page of a document called 'MNF 2030' showing a photo of a ship from above.

MNF 2030 introduces wide ranging improvements in the way researchers access sea time on Research Vessel (RV) Investigator, and in the way we schedule research. 

The changes are aimed at facilitating the delivery of value and benefits to the nation from the significant government investment in the MNF, and building on Australia’s excellence in the marine and atmospheric sciences by: 

  • Encouraging policy-driven research to stimulate and support high impact projects 
  • Diversifying access to sea-time to reflect the breadth of needs of our users 
  • Introducing a flexible scheduling approach and streamlined digital tools for operational efficiency 
  • Implementing an MNF 25-year Capability Investment Framework to guide strategic development of our research capabilities
  • Enhancing our education and training programs in collaboration with other agencies and industries 
  • Increasing our focus on raising awareness about how the research we deliver benefits Australians and the world.

The development of MNF 2030 follows an independent review of the previous MNF access framework. This review was completed in 2019 and involved wide consultation with our stakeholders, including government, industry and the research community.

The review was a key driver in the development of MNF 2030, which was also guided by advice from the MNF Steering Committee.

Implementing MNF 2030

The primary vehicle to implement MNF 2030 is an annual MNF Operations Rolling Plan.

The inaugural MNF Operations Rolling Plan will be released in early 2021, to coincide with the next call for sea time applications.

Further information

The MNF held a webinar series in November 2020 to provide stakeholders and the general public with an overview of MNF 2030 and answer questions. A recording of the presentation on 25 Nov 2020 is available via the following link:

Webinar presentation (recorded 25 Nov 2020): https://webcast.csiro.au/#/webcasts/mnf2030

For further information about MNF 2030, please contact the MNF via phone +61 3 6232 5097 or email mnf@csiro.au

Watch the webinar videos

Video One: Australia's Marine National Facility - Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science

[Music plays and an image appears of the Investigator ship on the ocean and text appears: Marine National Facility, Australia’s dedicated marine research capability]

[Camera gradually zooms out on the ship and text appears: Enabling research across our vast marine estate, from ice edge to equator]

[Image changes to show a female holding up a weather balloon and smiling and text appears: Southern Ocean]

[Image changes to show a view of a side view of the Investigator ship and text appears: Pacific Ocean]

[Image changes to show a male and female standing next to a piece of marine science equipment on the deck of the RV Investigator and text appears: Indian ocean]

[Image changes to show four crew members on the deck of the Investigator and the male crew member in the front holding up a sampling pipe and smiling at the camera and text appears: Great Australian Bight]

[Image changes to show a view looking down on the Investigator ship moving away from the camera in the ocean and text appears: Great Barrier Reef]

[Image changes to show a view of the bow of the Investigator ship in the foreground and a snow covered mountainous island in the background and text appears: Coastal waters and offshore]

[Image changes to show a multi-corer being lowered into the water and then plunging beneath the surface of the water and text appears: Research to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of our marine environment]

[Image changes to show a view of a male researcher looking at the camera and showing a surprised and excited face while working with samples and text appears: Discovering and studying marine biodiversity]

[Image changes to show different coloured fish swimming on the ocean floor and text appears: Supporting sustainable fisheries]

[Image changes to show a 3-D map of the ocean floor and text appears: Mapping and surveying our seafloor]

[Image changes to show a male pointing something out to a female in uniform and text appears: Collaborating in marine system monitoring]

[Image changes to show two employees looking at large cylinders labelled RV Investigator and text appears: Partnering with industry to collect marine data]

[Image changes to show a 3-D map of the ocean floor and text appears: Uncovering our maritime heritage]

[Image changes to show four crew members standing on the deck of the Investigator next to a multi-corer and text appears: Studying ocean processes and productivity]

[Image changes to show the Investigator ship on the ocean in the background and a floating piece of marine science equipment in the foreground and text appears: Monitoring climate variability and change]

[Image changes to show a group of researchers working around a bench with tubs of specimens and text appears: A flexible, multipurpose platform delivering a collaborative hub for research, education and training]

[Image changes to show a view looking down on fast speed footage of specimens being sorted into containers]

[Image changes to show four researchers on the deck of the Investigator sifting through samples in tubs and text appears: Fostering international collaboration]

[Image changes to show a group of researchers on the deck of the ship posing for a photograph and text appears: Investing in Australia’s future marine researchers]

[Image changes to show a male holding a piece of sampling equipment and hands holding up a tablet in the foreground showing a photo of a class of students and text appears: Offering hands-on experience for our educators]

[Image changes to show three students and a teacher in an office of the ship and text appears: Connecting with people across our community]

[Image changes to shows two researchers on the deck of a ship looking out over the ocean and text appears: Telling the story of marine research and its impact]

[Image changes to show four female researchers working with specimen samples and text appears: Championing women in STEM]

[Image changes to show a researcher squatting next to a tub of muddy sediment on the deck of the ship and smiling at the camera and text appears: Support Australia’s growing blue economy]

[Image changes to show a close view of Steve Thomas smiling at the camera from the deck of the ship and text appears: An unparalleled workplace and home for our marine science community]

[Image changes to show two males and a female researcher on the deck of the ship smiling and the image changes to show a female holding a door open and smiling at the camera while colleagues can be seen inside the corridor]

[Image changes to show a male and two females sitting at desk with computers smiling at the camera and then the image changes to show two females pouring a specimen into a jar from a sampling sleeve]

[Image changes to show two male researchers working at a bench with specimens inside a room on the ship]

[Image changes to show a male standing next to a piece of equipment and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show five researchers squatting down and putting their hands into a patch of muddy sediment on the deck of the ship and smiling]

[Image changes to show a male next to a microscope smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show a female standing on the deck of the ship and sketching an island which can be seen in the distance]

[Image changes to show a profile view of three males wearing hard hats and smiling and then the image changes to show a female sitting at a desk and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show two females smiling at the camera and a map can be seen on a computer screen in the background]

[Image changes to show a male standing next to a multi-corer and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show four researchers standing on the deck of the ship and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show a pod of killer whales swimming in the foreground and the RV Investigator can be seen in the background and text appears: Funded by the Australian Government, owned and operated by CSIRO]

[Image changes to show a dark navy background screen and the CSIRO and Marine National Facility logos and text can be seen: CSIRO, Marine National Facility, Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science]

Australia’s Marine National Facility – supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science. :  The Marine National Facility is Australia’s dedicated marine research capability, available to all Australian researchers and their international collaborators. Explore the capabilities we offer and the research we deliver, and see some of the faces behind the science.

Video Two: Come on board with MNF 2030!

Come on board with MNF 2030

[Image appears of a side view of the RV Investigator moving over the ocean towards the left and text appears: MNF 2030]

Toni Moate: The Marine National Facility is Australia’s dedicated blue water research resource, available to all Australian researchers, and their international collaborators.

[Image changes to show Toni Moate talking to the camera and text appears: Toni Moate, MNF Director]

MNF 2030 is our ten year strategic plan to facilitate high-impact research, of maximum benefit for Australia.

[Image changes to show a view of the camera panning over the surface of the ocean and text appears: MNF 2030 introduces 6 strategic pillars]

MNF 2030 maintains our focus on safety and will support: 

[Image changes to show two researchers releasing a weather balloon and then the image changes to show an aerial view looking down on the ship with the weather balloon floating in the air and text appears: 1 – Maximum impact]

Maximum impact through stronger alignment with national research priorities; 

[Images move through of researchers tightening a pipe, looking at specimens and sorting them, holding up a sample, drawing an island, and looking at a 3-D view of the ocean floor and text: 2. Broad access]

Broad access - by extending availability to all researchers from academia, government, museums, and industry. 

[Camera zooms in on a close up 3-D view of the ocean floor and then images move through of a researcher pointing at a map, the front of the Investigator ship, and a map, and text appears: 3. Streamlined operations and optimal use]

Optimal use, flexible scheduling, and an online application tool. 

[Images move through of a piece of marine equipment being winched up, a crew member operating a computer joystick, a fish swimming, and a multi corer descending below the water and text appears: 4. Advanced capabilities and innovation]

Innovative capability through strategic investment in equipment and technology. 

[Images move through of a close view of the multi-corer, a crew member releasing a drone, liquid moving through a piece of equipment, crew members in conversation on the deck, and text appears: 5. Training future generations]

Training future generations to support Australia’s growing blue economy. 

[Images move through of researchers looking in a microscope, a female talking, a female talking to a group of children and adults, and looking at specimens, and text appears: 6. Connecting with Australians and the World]

And connecting with the public about the benefits of Australian marine research on our lives, economy, and the environment.

[Music plays and images move through of the surface of the ocean, the cover of the MNF 2030 publication, and the pages of the publication turning, and text appears: To get onboard you need to – Consult, Collaborators, end users and the MNF]

We encourage you to read MNF 2030 and choose the stream of access that best suits your voyage. 

[Music plays and images move through of a hand on a mouse, and then a cursor making a selection on the computer screen, and text appears: Apply – Online via the Marine Application and Planning System]

Let us know if you need help with your application. 

[Images move through to show a female sitting in a chair talking, a MNF RV Investigator Voyage Briefing brochure, and crew members putting on life jackets, and text appears: Comply – Data delivery, Health and Safety, Behaviour and all MNF requirements]

Familiarise yourself with our policies and our capabilities. 

[Image changes to show a view looking down on a whale moving through the water and water blowing from the whale’s spout, and text appears: Deliver – World class research of benefit to the nation]

And get excited about being a part of Australia’s dedicated blue water research facility.

[Image changes to show a close view looking down on the RV Investigator moving through the water, and text appears: You can come onboard!]

We look forward to welcoming you on board. 

[Music plays and the camera gradually zooms out on an aerial view of the RV Investigator moving towards the camera and text appears: mnf.csiro.au]

[Image shows the CSIRO and Marine National Facility logos appearing over the image: CSIRO, Marine National Facility]

Come on board with MNF 2030 :  Toni Moate, Director of the CSIRO Marine National Facility talks about the opportunities that the new MNF 2030 strategy offers for research, education and training.