|Duration||Up to two years|
|Application Deadline||September 1|
|How to Apply||See below|
|Contact||View the Contact Directory|
The Ship Time Program allows those holding an NSERC Discovery Grant to apply for additional funds to access vessels in support of their research programs.
Note: Grantees with ongoing Special Research Opportunities (SRO), Strategic, or Network grants that have a ship time requirement no longer need to submit a separate application for each year of ship time required. For further details, please consult the respective program literature or contact appropriate NSERC staff.
This Ship Time Program is aimed at all NSERC-funded researchers who intend to use a vessel for their Discovery Grant-supported research in the coming years. It applies to: the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) vessels, undersea vehicles operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility or other similar research platforms, and any other Canadian or foreign vessels crewed in conformance with the Canada Shipping Act.
Ship Time grants support ongoing Discovery Grant research programs. These grants recognize the high costs associated with chartering research vessels in Canada and abroad. Applicants must hold a Discovery Grant to be eligible to receive a Ship Time grant. Recipients of Ship Time grants must use the funds as described in the application. Requests to use an alternate vessel will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Ship Time applicants may apply for more than one vessel at a time. Should the two vessels be part of the same project (e.g., a remotely operated vehicle and a support vessel), only one application is to be submitted.
The normal duration of Ship Time grants is one year. Two-year grants will be considered in exceptional circumstances, where the project completion requires a firm commitment of funding for more than one year.
NSERC does not consider requests for supplements to existing Ship Time grants or ship time associated with other NSERC programs.
Grantees and applicants whose research is, or will be, supported under the Discovery Grants program must submit their completed Ship Time application by September 1. If you are intending to access a DFO vessel, you also need to contact DFO directly for their full application requirements.
For each project requiring a vessel, please submit one original of the following documents (except in cases where the vessel is combined with a remotely operated vehicle):
The onus is on the applicant to submit a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards requested by NSERC. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be disadvantaged. Late applications and material received under separate cover (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted.
Applications are evaluated by the Ship Time Allocation Committee according to the following criteria, which are based on the information provided in the Ship Time application and cruise reports:
Need for ship time:
Need for funds (cost):
Effective use of previous ship time allocations (if applicable)
Successful applicants will be required to submit a short report immediately following the completion of the expedition, highlighting specific accomplishments in relation to the original objectives. Note that this will factor in the evaluation of your next Ship Time proposal. The cruise report should outline and address the following:
Note: It is the responsibility of the grant holder to ensure that any vessel being used for NSERC-supported research is crewed in conformance with the Canada Shipping Act.