CSIRO calls for sea time applicants on research vessel Investigator

Investigator in Fremantle in 2019 (Photo: CSIRO)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Marine National Facility (MNF) offers fully funded grants of sea time on the research vessel (RV) Investigator to conduct research of national benefit. These grants are made available through the Granted Voyage Program funded by the Australian Government.

A Primary Application call will shortly be made for fully funded grants of sea time on Investigator in the 2025-26 financial year. These applications will be used to build the Primary Voyage Schedule for that year.

Who can apply for sea time?

To be eligible to make an application, the applicant (Principal Investigator) must be employed by an Australian research organisation and be based in Australia. However, collaboration with both national and international partners is highly regarded and encouraged in all applications.

Co-Investigators named in the application can be from overseas research organisations or work abroad for Australian research organisations.

Applications are to be made under one of five access streams that encourage a broad range of research and ensure national benefit.

The application process will use CSIRO’s online Marine Application and Planning System (MAPS). Anyone considering applying for sea time is encouraged to complete the registration process to create an account in MAPS at this time.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be competitively assessed by independent committees against criteria of research quality and national benefit.

Allocations of sea time will be subject to operational and funding availability for research days in that schedule.

Further information

Further details about the Primary Application call and confirmation of key dates will be provided when the call is opened.

Interested parties may read more about the multidisciplinary research capabilities of Investigator at mnf.csiro.au.


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