Primary applications

The annual call for Primary Applications is used to build the Primary voyage schedule for MNF Granted Voyages.

Application process

Prior to submitting a primary application, applicants must first submit a brief, compulsory pre-proposal, which outlines their intended science and logistical requirements.

Once the MNF has collated the pre-proposals, a summary will be returned to all applicants. This serves the purpose of helping applicants identify opportunities for potential scientific and research collaboration with other projects, and potentially combining to build an application which will score more highly against the MNF assessment criteria.

Applicants who have submitted pre-proposals for the advertised voyage season will also be invited to submit their comprehensive primary application.

Applicants are encouraged to contact MNF during development of their proposal to maximise their prospects of being awarded a granted voyage.

Assessment criteria

Primary applications are assessed and ranked by the MNF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and National Benefit Assessment Panel (NBAP) with input from external referees. The assessment criteria is outlined in the Assessment of MNF Granted Voyages.

Once the Primary schedule of voyages is approved by the MNF Steering Committee (MNFSC), successful applicants are provided with a letter of offer and an MNF Granted Voyage Agreement [docx · 1mb].

How to apply

Primary applications are now closed for 2021-22. Applicants who have submitted a pre-proposal for the 2021-22 voyage season have been invited to submit their comprehensive primary application.

Area of operation

The MNF Steering Committee has not set a specific Area of Operation for the 2021-22 voyage season. Applications are invited for research within Investigator’s operational range from the tropics to the Antarctic ice edge.

Application documents

Submitting your application

All applications must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents by the due date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please send all applications to

Further information

Ms Carol Rawnsley

Policy Support Officer +61 3 6232 5097


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.

Yes, pre-proposals are compulsory if you wish to submit a Primary application for an MNF Granted Voyage.