Primary Applications

The annual Primary Application call is used to allocate fully funded grants of sea time and build the Primary Voyage Schedule for RV Investigator.

Application call details

The Primary Application call is currently CLOSED.

Key dates:

  • OPEN:  17 February 2023 at 00:01am AEDT
  • CLOSE:  21 May 2023 at 11:59pm AEST

Applications were invited for fully funded grants of sea time on RV Investigator in the 2025-26 financial year. These applications will be used to build the Primary Voyage Schedule for that year.

All applications were to be completed and submitted in our online application portal - MAPS - by the application period close on 21 May 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

Who can apply?

When a Primary Application call is open, applications for sea time on RV Investigator can be made by Australian researchers employed by an Australian research organisation and based in Australia. International collaborators and Australian researchers working overseas for Australian research organisations can be included as Co-Investigators on applications.

Applications must be made under one of five access Streams that encourage a broad range of research and national benefit.

Applications are to be submitted via our online application portal called MAPS.

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Toni Moate: Hello, I’m Toni Moate, CSIRO’s Director of Marine National Facility, which is supported by the Australian Government and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the nation. As Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO is working to solve the greatest challenges through innovative research and technology. That means we collaborate with our partners and together we turn science into solutions.

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The RV Investigator is key to us achieving that objective.

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Our 94m ocean research vessel Investigator takes scientists around Australia’s coastline and ocean territories so they can deliver incredible results and impact.

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On top of this valuable research our voyages can also deliver important education and training opportunities which develop Australia’s future generations of marine researchers and experts. We’re now calling on Australian researchers and their international collaborators to apply for grants of sea time with the Marine National Facility to study oceanographic, geoscience, biological and atmospheric research on RV Investigator in 2025/26. I’ll now hand over to Matt who’s going to provide some key information on the process.

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Matt Kimber: Hello, I’m Matt Kimber, the CSIRO Engagement and Risk Group Leader at the Marine National Facility.

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As Toni mentioned we’re pleased to open the MNF’s primary application call for grants of sea time on RV Investigator for the 25/26 financial year period.

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Applications received through the primary application call help us build the primary voyage schedule two years in advance of the available period. We’re looking for proposals that demonstrate quality research as well as a strong alignment with the means of end users.

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Before getting started we’d recommend applicants become familiar with the guidance documents available on our website, Here you’ll find tips for sending a strong application and details of the five streams of access available. All applications for sea time are submitted through our online Marine Application and Planning System or MAPS. So, please familiarise yourself with the process of registering and navigating the system. You can even get an early start on your planning. The application call closes on Sunday 21st May 2023 with applications undergoing a competitive review and assessment process by independent committees. Successful applicants will be announced later in 2023.

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Following this an application call for some humanity projects may commence.

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I’d encourage interested Australian researchers and institutions to read the material on and to consider applying for a grant of sea time on RV Investigator.

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If applicants have questions or need support in navigating the MAPS process please reach out to our team by emailing Thank you for taking the time to consider applying. We’re looking forward to welcoming strong applications.

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MNF Primary Applications call 2025-26

Further information

Prospective applicants should familiarise themselves with the following information:

For enquiries about applying for sea time, please contact:

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