Subsidized Ship Time

For almost four decades, FIO has been providing faculty members from full member institutions the opportunity to bring their students to sea on FIO research vessels through the subsidized ship-time program. The program heavily subsidizes the cost of our vessels’ daily rate, allowing students to participate in research and educational activities in the field.  For many students, a research cruise is their first opportunity to be on-board a working vessel. In addition to ship-time, support for research and educational programs in nearshore environments are also subsidized for FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) in Long Key.  FIO strives to fund the maximum number of ship and lab days as the budget allows.  The awarding of funded days based on the proposals we receive is determined after the fiscal year budget (for the upcoming year) is finalized.

Subsidized ship time is awarded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process that is issued in January.  Submission deadline for proposals typically occurs in mid-March.  Faculty members from FIO member institutions must submit a formal proposal that includes the identification of the teaching (or educational research) activities involved, the number of days requested (including transit), the preferred cruise dates, the signature of the Principal Investigator submitting the proposal, and the signature of the appropriate university administrator. Proposals are reviewed by the FIO Ships Committee and ranked based on metrics developed by the committee.  A description of the metrics used for the proposal review process is enclosed in the RFP.

All funded ship time proposals require a 10% match from the member institution receiving the grant. The match rate will be based on the fiscal year rate for the R/V Hogarth  (currently $5,500/day), the R/V Weatherbird II (currently $10,000/day) and the R/V Price (currently $1,000/day).  For KML proposals, the facility’s rate calculator is used to estimate total costs. Funded proposals will be subject to all incidental costs related to cruises including, but not limited to: Port fees, cleaning charges, incidentals, etc.

Priority is given to proposals that clearly support the teaching and educational research mission of FIO and the Florida Department of Education.

To review all the parameters of ship time proposals, please see the FIO Shiptime FY 2018 RFP (PDF) document.

Subsidized Ship Time for the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) by Fiscal Year

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) awards several subsidized ship days to member institutions each year.

2018/19 Fiscal Year

FIO received 27 proposals for approximately 148 ship days and 23 transit days. Award letters will be sent out.

2017/18 Fiscal Year

FIO received 23  proposals for approximately 100 ship days. Award letters will be sent out.

2016/17 Fiscal Year

FIO awarded the equivalent of 74.5 subsidized ship days to 11 member institutions this year.

In total, 16 proposals, ranging from 2-day student educational only trips to week long excursions to the Dry Tortugas and Bahamas, were funded with the success rate of nearly 70%.

Since 2012 (when only 7 ship days were awarded due to budget cutbacks), FIO has been steadily increasing the number of days awarded each year  by between 10 and 20% as our budget allows.

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