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

The 2021 call for Primary Applications for fully-funded grants of sea time on RV Investigator has closed. Applications were invited to cover an 18-month schedule period from January 2023 to June 2024.

The application call was open from 15 February to 30 June 2021. 

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 a webinars in February and March 2021 to provide potential applicants with an overview of the application process, including new access Streams and MAPS portal, and answer questions. A recording of the presentation on 2 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.