Shiptime Programme 2016

Research Vessels

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 2016.  Grant-aid will be provided for ship-time to carry out either Research or Dedicated Training Programmes:

  • Research:

The 2016 call will have two elements – a thematic area (seven themes) and a targeted area (three areas). Eligible applicants can apply under both elements.


Applications will be accepted from research performing organisations (Higher Education Institutions, Public Research Bodies and Industry) within the island of Ireland to carry out ship-based research activity within the following thematic areas:

  1. Ecosystems Approach to Marine Resource Management
  2. Seabed Processes & Resources
  3. Climate/Environmental Change
  4. Renewable Ocean Energy
  5. Biodiscovery/Biodiversity
  6. Testing of Novel Marine Technologies
  7. Marine Policy/Legislation

Expected vessel availability is currently:

  • Celtic Voyager: 100 days (in Spring, Summer and Autumn)
  • Celtic Explorer: 57 days (throughout the year with 20 days available mid-Summer)  
Targeted Area
  1. A targeted slot onboard the Celtic Explorer for a period of 14 days incorporating a planned transatlantic crossing is being offered. Applicants are invited to submit proposals which would utilise the opportunity of the transatlantic crossing to complete research in the North Atlantic in April 2016. This initiative is planned to coincide with a planned survey in Newfoundland waters in April/May 2016 and is intended to stimulate future trans-Atlantic co-operative research.  International collaboration with Canadian organisations is strongly encouraged. The Marine Institute can provide contact details, if required.
  2. Surveys led by early stage emerging marine researchers/scientists.A total of 30 days will be made available on the Celtic Voyager in mid-summer 2016, in two 15-day slots or three 10-day slots. This is to enable early stage researchers to gain access to the research vessels to pursue research in their area of speciality, and to gain experience in managing a scientific survey.  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 within the island of Ireland, to provide dedicated undergraduate and/or postgraduate training programmes onboard the vessels.  Applicants are requested to contact the Strategic 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 ( prior to submitting their application.

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 (via the Research Information Management System (RIMS).  The closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 hours on Thursday, 24th September 2015.


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


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