The new Marine National Facility (MNF) Research Vessel Investigator is currently under construction.  Following a commissioning period in 2013-2014, Investigator is scheduled to be available for research in Australia’s regional seas and oceans in 2014-2015.  Owned and operated by CSIRO, Investigator has been designed to undertake research in:

  • physical, chemical and biological oceanography,
  • marine geosciences,
  • fisheries, and
  • environmental science.

The vessel will be particularly suited to multi-disciplinary research projects.

Call for Applications for the Financial Year 2014-2015

Australian marine researchers are invited to submit an application for use of Investigator during the period July 2014 to June 2015.

The MNF Steering Committee encourages new applicants, applications for national and international collaborative projects and projects covering more than one year.

Area of Operations 2014-2015

The MNF Steering Committee has not specified an Area of Operations in 2014-2015.  Applications will be accepted for work in all Australian regional seas and oceans, from the tropics to the Antarctic ice edge.

Closing Date for Applications

A brief pre-proposal must be submitted by 27 July 2012 and full applications submitted by 24 August 2012.  Further details on applying for use of Investigator and application forms are available through the MNF website.

All the details you need to apply can be found on the MNF website


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