Ship-Time Programme 2019-2020


The Marine Institute invites applications for grant-aid towards the cost of ship-time onboard the national research vessels (R.V. Celtic Explorer and R.V. Celtic Voyager) during 2019 and 2020. Note: Funding for ship-time in 2020 will not be confirmed until the end of 2019.  Grant-aid will be provided for ship-time to carry out:


Research for ship-time in 2019 and 2020 will be funded under the relevant themes of the National Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021, which are detailed in 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.

Targeted Area

A targeted slot on-board the Celtic Explorer for a period of up to 30 days from late July 2019 to early October 2019 for survey work to be undertaken under the research theme Ocean Observation and Seabed Mapping is being offered.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals which would utilise the Celtic Explorer to undertake research in the North Atlantic or Celtic Sea, for example in the BSA (Biologically Sensitive Area) off the south west of Ireland. Applicants are also encouraged to utilise the Holland I ROV (depth rating of 3000m) and the Laochra na Mara Glider (1000m rated Teledyne Webb /Slocum glider) for their research.

This initiative is planned to support activities under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) – Galway Statement implementation, notably seabed mapping and ocean observation. Data from these activities will be open access.

This targeted call will also be offered in 2020 with greater availability of ship-days on the Celtic Explorer. However, funding for 2020 cannot be confirmed until the end of 2019.

Expected vessel availability for research surveys is currently:




Celtic Explorer

50 days

65 days

Celtic Voyager

75 days

80 days

Holland I ROV

80 days

80 days

Laochra na Mara Glider

80 days

80 days

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how the proposed work addresses national priorities or EU/international legislative requirements within the above themes 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 within the island of Ireland, to provide dedicated undergraduate and/or postgraduate training programmes onboard the vessels.

Applicants are advised to contact theStrategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training, 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.

Expected vessel availability for training programmes on the Celtic Voyager is 60 days per annum in 2019 and 2020.

How to Apply:

For further information and details on submitting your application, please read the relevant Guidelines for Applicants:


N.B.  All applicants must complete an online application for use of the ship via the Survey Planning System (SPS), followed by an online application for grant-aid funding (via the Research Information Management System (RIMS).

The closing date for receipt of applications on RIMS is 15:00 hours on Friday, 21st September 2018.

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

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