Primary Applications

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

Call for Primary Applications

A call for Primary Applications for sea time on research vessel (RV) Investigator was due to be made in 2022 for the 2024-25 voyage schedule.

However, as a result of the COVID pandemic, the need for rescheduling of voyages and the upcoming mid-life refit of RV Investigator, only limited research days remain in the 2024-25 voyage schedule.

As such, applications for the 2024-25 voyage schedule will not be invited through a Primary Call.

Instead, the MNF will schedule highly ranked voyages that were previously endorsed by the MNF Steering Committee but unable to be accommodated in prior schedules. This will avoid the research community putting in a significant amount of effort to apply for only a small allocation of available days. This approach also provides contingency for impacts from the ongoing and changing nature of COVID.

Key dates

Call open: NO CALL MADE IN 2022

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 and national benefit.

Information sessions

The Marine National Facility (MNF) held webinars in February and March 2021. The sessions provided potential applicants with an overview of the application process, including new access Streams and MAPS portal. A recording of the presentation from March 2021 is available via the link below.

Webinar presentation (40 mins, recorded 2 March 2021): 

Further information

For further information about the application call and applying for sea time, please contact:

Additional information is also available by reading:

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Following the release of the Primary Schedule, there will be a call for Supplementary Applications to fill any unused capacity on Research and Transit voyages that appear in the Primary Schedule.