Additional Call for Funded 2014 Ship-Time Now Open

RV Celtic Voyager and RV Celtic Explorer _Photographer Andrew DownesThe Marine Institute has announced an additional call for funded ship-time on the RV Celtic Explorer and the RV Celtic Voyager. Applications are invited from research performing organisations including Higher Education Institutions, Public Research Bodies and Industry, to carry out ship-based research activity.  

The areas of research may relate to Ecosystems Approach to Marine Resource Management; Seabed Processes & Resources; Climate/Environmental Change; Renewable Ocean Energy; Biodiscovery / Biodiversity; Novel Marine Technologies; Marine Policy/Legislation.

Applications from early stage researchers including PhD students or early Post-Doctoral Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply, to allow emerging marine scientists the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in undertaking ship-based research. 

Applications will only be accepted for a limited number of days, as follows:

RV Celtic Explorer - one week in September 2014
RV Celtic Voyager - up to three weeks with available dates in July, September, October and December 2014.
The Closing Date for receipt of applications is 15.00hrs on Thursday 17th April 2014.

Applications must be submitted using the Research Vessel Operations' on-line Survey Planning System' (SPS) and Research Information Management System (RIMS) which are available on Please contact the Research Vessel Operations team to obtain a password for SPS.

The Vessel Charter Guidelines 2014-1015  (Word doc 253KB) should be read carefully before submitting the Ship-Time Application Form.  

Applicants may seek grant-aid to cover all or part of the vessel charter costs for Research Surveys. For information on eligibility for grant-aid and how to apply, read National Research Vessels 2014 SHIP-TIME PROGRAMME Grant-Aid Guidelines (PDF 577KB).

If you require any further information, please contact Research Vessel Operations.