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 This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility or other similar research platforms, and any other Canadian or foreign vessels crewed in conformance with the This link will take you to another Web site Canada Shipping Act 2001.
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