Researcher who apply for a project grant through NWO, may also researchers who apply for project grants at their institute (or private party) may access ship-time.
- Contact the NMF-coordinator Erica Koning (email@example.com) before requesting ship-time on the NMF- or OFEG-fleet. In consultation with the NMF-coordinator, requests for ship-time will be optimized within the concept sailing schedule. Also, requests for embarks (use of vacant berths on planned cruises) can be made.
- After consultation with the NMF-coordinator, requests for ship-time are notified through the website Marine Facilities Planning (MFP). The request is placed on hold in the planning system until a positive decision has been made on the financing of the research proposal. Hereafter, the ship-time request is further processed in the planning system and included in the sailing schedule.
The basic costs for ship-time are covered through a central budget from NIOZ/NWO-I. This means, in general, that ship-time does not need to be covered through the project budget and researchers do not need to include costs for ship-time in their proposal. The exception to this are subsidy instruments (e.g. ERC grants, NWO-NWA, NWO-Gravitation) which allow inclusion of costs for ship-time in a proposal. Applicants are, where possible, expected to cover 50% of the basic costs for ship-time through their project proposal. Consumables and other costs for executing projects are not covered under basic costs and always need to be covered under the budget of a project proposal (see below).
For the Pelagia a daily sailing fee of 20.000 euro should be budgeted, for the Navicula a daily dailing fee of 4.500 euro. This includes all costs which are directly coupled to the use of the facilities:
- Ships, including crew and meals/drinks on board.
- On-board equipment (incl. depreciation and maintenance of on-board equipment)
- Personnel supporting the on-board equipment.
- Harbour costs, except personal costs.
- Costs which are not covered, and always need to be budgeted:
- Personal travel and accomodation
- Required training and medical examinations to be allowed on board.
- Personal costs in harbours (transport from/to airports and ship)
- Transport of own equipment, including associated costs related to supplying the equipment to a foreign harbour (customs, agent, harbor personnel)
National Ship-time Committee
The NWO-domain Science (ENW) installs the National Ship-time Committee. This committee is charged the task to distribute ship-time efficient, transparent and fair among the user community. The National Marine Facilities (NMF) is in charge of setting up the sailing schedule. De the National Ship-time Committee evaluates the sailing schedule and may approve the schedule or otherwise requests the NMF to apply changes to the schedule. The National Ship-time Committee meets once or twice a year to evaluate and approve the planning.
The National Ship-time Committee consists of 5 persons: a scientific member from an academic institute, the NMF-coordinator, a scientific staff member of NIOZ, a member from the associated Topsectoren (e.g. TS Water & Maritime, TS Energy, TS Agri&Food), as well as an independent chair.
- Prof. dr. Jack Middelburg - chair
Professor of General Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University. He served as chairman of the scientific advisory committee for the 2017-2018 NICO expedition (Netherlands Initiative Changing Ocean) funded by NWO and carried out by NIOZ-NMF with the RV Pelagia.
- Reginald Visser
Former director Maritime Knowledge Centre- MKC
- Dr. Katja Peijnenburg
Senior Researcher Marine Biodiversity Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Senior staff member Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
- Dr. Erica Koning
National Marine Facilities (NMF)
- Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart
Head of the Ocean Systems Department (Royal NIOZ)