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Research Applications

We are pleased to announce that the Fisheries Research Foundation is now accepting research proposals for the 2022 season.

In light of the ever-changing international COVID-19 situation, FRF has chosen to limit research activity in 2022 to the Mediterranean region.

FRF provides a fully crewed vessel, onboard accommodation and covers all fuel costs to enable your research. Please remember, FRF does not pay salaries to research team members, purchase equipment, pay onshore expenses nor provide additional research funding support.

Applicants should bear in mind that if your proposal is successful, you must agree to publish a final report or paper on our website within 12 months of completing the research voyage on M/Y Albula.

Application Process

We invite applications from Principal Investigators who are affiliated with a top tier academic institution, research facility or museum. Please submit a preliminary proposal and if requested by FRF, a full proposal. PIs may submit as many preliminary proposals as they wish, but only one full proposal per PI will be considered annually.

Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Please upload applications below or send to

Preliminary Application

1. Cover sheet detailing the following:

  •  Investigator information:

            – Principal Investigator(s): Names, affiliations, academic address, telephone and email;

           – Co-principal investigator(s): Names, affiliations, academic address, telephone and email

  • Project title: Succinct working title to be used throughout application.
  • Keywords: Identify 3–5 keywords or phrases.
  • Project Initiation and completion date: Proposals should request a start date no earlier than 1 February 2022 and a completion date no later than 31 December 2022.
  • FRF Strategic Focus Area alignment: Identify succinctly which FRF Strategic Focus Areas are relevant to your proposal;

2. Proposal narrative: (PDF, single-spaced, 12pt font, no more than 800 words in total, written for the non-specialist, scientifically literate reviewer), including the following headings:

    • Statement of need and impact;
    • Clear statement of hypothesis/hypotheses;
    • Brief description of methodology and approach;
    • Statement on intended outcomes and use of generated research.

3. Curriculum Vitae for PI and Co-investigators;

4. Logistical details:

    • Geographical region where the proposed research project would take place;
    • Length of time that the research project would require aboard M/Y Albula;
    • Number of people, including any non-researchers to be accommodated on board M/Y Albula.

5. Anticipated budget, including but not limited to:

    • Staff salaries;
    • Staff travel and any necessary onshore accommodation;
    • Transportation of equipment to M/Y Albula;
    • Other onshore costs such as storage, dockage;
    • Permits and licences where required.

6. Details of secured or proposed funding (if any).

7. Details of any investors or third-parties who may have legal rights attaching in any way to the research and the nature and extent of those legal rights.

8. Conflict of interest statement.

While the intrinsic merit and importance of the research proposal is key to its success, favourable consideration may be given to research proposals, which include some or all of the following:

  • student participation, either at undergraduate or graduate level to foster participation among the next generation of scientists and researchers;
  • efficient use of funds through targeted, novel or innovative use of existing data, technology and techniques;
  • meaningful collaboration with and outreach to relevant stakeholders.

Full Application

Applicants who pass the preliminary application review will be contacted with details for the full application process.

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