Information for applicants

Access to sea time on RV Investigator is available to Australian researchers and their international collaborators via multiple access streams that encourage a broad range of research.

Annual application cycle

The MNF awards fully-funded grants of sea time for research on Research Vessel (RV) Investigator through a competitive application process. Applications are invited in an annual application cycle that begins with a call for Primary applications to build the voyage schedule, usually two years in advance. Opportunities to fill any unused capacity in the voyage schedule are then invited through calls for Supplementary and Piggyback applications.

The sea time grants program is fully-funded by the Australian government.

Application assessment

All applications for sea time, irrespective of access Stream applied for, are assessed against criteria under two merit principles:

  • Research Quality
  • Research Benefit
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