How to Apply
You must follow the application guidelines for your application to be considered. Applications should be single-spaced in 12-point type. Any tables, figures, references or additional materials must be included. Applications should be submitted in PDF format via the application portal on this website, and must be received by December 1st, 2018.
Please include the research project title as well as the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the Principal Investigator(s) and Co-investigator(s).
Please list the research fields appropriate to the proposed research project, the geographical region(s) where the proposed research project would take place, and set out the length of time that the research project would require aboard the M/V Albula.
Set out the full details of your proposed research project, including the project’s goals, scientific impact, geographic scope, and importance to the wider public, as well as any plans you have for an education outreach programme that will share your findings with the wider public, including students.
Include in your proposal why the M/V Albula is a suitable research vessel for the project you have proposed for support, as well as details about the route you wish to travel and the expected duration of your time aboard the M/V Albula.
Please also include any details about funding or other support that you have received for the project (either confirmed or pending). If you do not have any funding for the project, please provide details about how your other costs (e.g. salaries, any land-based costs) will be covered.
Permits, Licenses and Approvals
You will be responsible for the acquisition of all permits, licenses or other approvals necessary for the conduct of fisheries/marine science research in various countries’ waters as well as compliance with any local or national legislation governing the conduct of such research.
We will require evidence that all such permits, licenses, and approvals have been acquired before the M/V Albula leaves port.
Research Project Locations
A key part of the selection process is a determination of the feasibility of a research project. If, for example, the proposed research location is dangerous or is near impossible to get to, that will have an impact on the feasibility of the project.
Aside from those considerations, we will consider expressions of interest and applications from Principal Investigators seeking support to conduct fisheries/marine science research in any part of the world.
Review of Proposals
Once a research proposal has been reviewed and approved for its feasibility, we will send the proposal for review.
Our reviewers will assess the research proposal based on the following general criteria:
- Importance of the research project in addressing an urgent issue in the fisheries/marine science environment.
- Scope of collaboration between top-tier fisheries/marine science research scientists and institutions/programmes.
- Geographic scope and impact of the proposed research project.
- Positive impact of the proposed research project for the wider public.
- Your plans for an education outreach programme that benefits the wider public, including students, by sharing your research findings.
- Overall quality of the proposed research project plan.
- Alignment of the research project plan with the mission of the Fisheries Research Foundation.
At this stage, our reviewers will make a recommendation to the Foundation about whether an application is deserving of support.
What We Provide
Once a research project has been chosen to receive support, we provide free access to the research vessel, a Captain and crew, fuel, and food. We will take you on the route you wish to travel for the expected duration of your time aboard the M/V Albula (as set out in your research proposal).
We do not provide additional funding support, nor do we pay the salaries of your research crew or for any on-shore expenses at a researcher’s host institution.
Once a research project has been chosen, we will prepare a Memorandum of Understanding setting out the terms and conditions of the support that we will provide.