Ship-Time Programme 2023

The Marine Institute invites applications for grant-aid towards the cost of ship-time on-board the national research vessels R.V. Celtic Explorer and Tom Crean during 2023. Grant-aid will be provided for ship-time to carry out:


Research for ship-time in 2023 will be funded under the relevant themes of the National Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021, with key objectives being to support sustainable economic growth, promote innovation towards a carbon neutral economy, protect marine ecosystems and inform policy, governance and regulation of the Irish marine sector. The term of this strategy has now ended and a new strategy is being drafted. Until a successor strategy is place, its strategic framework will continue to guide funding allocations under this call (please refer to the Guidelines for Applicants).

Applications will be accepted from research performing organisations (Higher Education Institutions, Public Research Bodies and Industry) on the island of Ireland to carry out ship-based research activity under these themes.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how the proposed work addresses national strategic priorities or EU/international legislative requirements within these research themes (e.g. bioresources, climate change, renewable energy, etc.) and to provide clear evidence of expected deliverables/outputs.
Collaborative and/or multi-disciplinary applications that fully utilise the research capabilities of the vessels are strongly encouraged.

Dedicated Training Programmes

Applications will be accepted from Higher Education Institutions and Public Research Bodies on the island of Ireland, to provide dedicated undergraduate and/or postgraduate training programmes onboard the vessels.

Applicants are advised to contact the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training, Atlantic Technological University (previously Galway- Mayo Institute of Technology) who are responsible for co-ordinating national training for third-level student in marine-related science and technologies (email: prior to submitting their application.

How to Apply:

For further information and details on submitting your application, please read the relevant Guidelines for Applicants:
•    Grant-Aid Guidelines—Research Surveys
•    Grant-Aid Guidelines—Ship-Based Training

N.B.  There is a two-step process as follows:
1) Applicants must complete an online application for use of the ship via the Survey Planning System (SPS) and should take note of the application reference.
2) Applicants requesting funding must complete an online application for grant-aid funding (via the Research Information Management System (RIMS), quoting the reference obtained from SPS.

The closing date for receipt of applications on RIMS is Thursday, 22nd September 2022 at 17:00.


This initiative is supported by the Marine Institute, and is funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Government of Ireland.  


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