The International SeaKeepers Society is currently accepting research proposals for DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions. The SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yacht program provides marine scientists with a unique and cost-effective platform for at-sea research by placing researchers on privately owned vessels to conduct oceanographic research. SeaKeepers is committed to promoting ocean research, education, and conservation. We are looking for high-impact projects that support our missions, foster scientific collaboration, and stimulate further exploration.
For each expedition, a scientist is paired with a vessel that can meet the research expedition’s needs, including location, itinerary, and vessel specifications as outlined in the research proposal. The yacht owner’s scientific interests are also taken into account when pairing scientists and their projects with DISCOVERY vessels. Therefore, it is important that submitted proposals speak to the scientific significance of the project, the outreach and broader impact potential, and the proposed involvement of the owners, guests, and crew on board.
A Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for obtaining and financing any required research permits. Travel expenses to/from the vessel are not usually covered.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. All submitted research proposals must meet the following criteria:
Submit the final proposal through our website.
Proposals are reviewed by The International SeaKeepers Society’s Programming Team and Scientific Advisory Council. Principal Investigators will be contacted with any questions from the review committees and notified when a decision has been made.
Accepted proposals are shared with limited details (project title, location, timeline, number of researchers, vessel requirements) as a project opportunity on The International SeaKeepers Society webpage and at meetings with SeaKeepers members. The full proposal document will remain confidential until such time that one of our yacht members expresses interest in participating in the project. The International SeaKeepers Society cannot guarantee that an accepted project proposal will be selected by a yacht owner or the timeline in which this will occur. However, accepted project proposals will remain active in the system for two years. During this time, a PI may update their accepted proposal (assuming minor changes) with approval from the Director of Programs & Policies or withdraw their proposal at any time. After two years, the PI will be notified and asked to resubmit an updated proposal if they wish.