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The Marine National Facility is Australia's dedicated blue-water research capability, funded by the Australian Government and owned and operated by CSIRO.

Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science for Australia

The Marine National Facility (MNF) operates the multidisciplinary ocean Research Vessel (RV) Investigator and maintains a suite of advanced scientific equipment, as well as a library of over 35 years of marine data, to enable a wide range of research to benefit the nation.

From ice edge to equator, we deliver world-leading research from the deepest reaches of our oceans to the atmosphere high above. The research we deliver increases our understanding of the marine environment and informs decision making to ensure its conservation, sustainable use and future prosperity.

Grants of fully-funded sea time on RV Investigator are managed through a competitive application process open to all Australian researchers and their international collaborators to enable excellent research of national benefit.

[Music plays and an image appears of the Investigator ship on the ocean and text appears: Marine National Facility, Australia’s dedicated marine research capability]

[Camera gradually zooms out on the ship and text appears: Enabling research across our vast marine estate, from ice edge to equator]

[Image changes to show a female holding up a weather balloon and smiling and text appears: Southern Ocean]

[Image changes to show a view of a side view of the Investigator ship and text appears: Pacific Ocean]

[Image changes to show a male and female standing next to a piece of marine science equipment on the deck of the RV Investigator and text appears: Indian ocean]

[Image changes to show four crew members on the deck of the Investigator and the male crew member in the front holding up a sampling pipe and smiling at the camera and text appears: Great Australian Bight]

[Image changes to show a view looking down on the Investigator ship moving away from the camera in the ocean and text appears: Great Barrier Reef]

[Image changes to show a view of the bow of the Investigator ship in the foreground and a snow covered mountainous island in the background and text appears: Coastal waters and offshore]

[Image changes to show a multi-corer being lowered into the water and then plunging beneath the surface of the water and text appears: Research to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of our marine environment]

[Image changes to show a view of a male researcher looking at the camera and showing a surprised and excited face while working with samples and text appears: Discovering and studying marine biodiversity]

[Image changes to show different coloured fish swimming on the ocean floor and text appears: Supporting sustainable fisheries]

[Image changes to show a 3-D map of the ocean floor and text appears: Mapping and surveying our seafloor]

[Image changes to show a male pointing something out to a female in uniform and text appears: Collaborating in marine system monitoring]

[Image changes to show two employees looking at large cylinders labelled RV Investigator and text appears: Partnering with industry to collect marine data]

[Image changes to show a 3-D map of the ocean floor and text appears: Uncovering our maritime heritage]

[Image changes to show four crew members standing on the deck of the Investigator next to a multi-corer and text appears: Studying ocean processes and productivity]

[Image changes to show the Investigator ship on the ocean in the background and a floating piece of marine science equipment in the foreground and text appears: Monitoring climate variability and change]

[Image changes to show a group of researchers working around a bench with tubs of specimens and text appears: A flexible, multipurpose platform delivering a collaborative hub for research, education and training]

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[Image changes to show four researchers on the deck of the Investigator sifting through samples in tubs and text appears: Fostering international collaboration]

[Image changes to show a group of researchers on the deck of the ship posing for a photograph and text appears: Investing in Australia’s future marine researchers]

[Image changes to show a male holding a piece of sampling equipment and hands holding up a tablet in the foreground showing a photo of a class of students and text appears: Offering hands-on experience for our educators]

[Image changes to show three students and a teacher in an office of the ship and text appears: Connecting with people across our community]

[Image changes to shows two researchers on the deck of a ship looking out over the ocean and text appears: Telling the story of marine research and its impact]

[Image changes to show four female researchers working with specimen samples and text appears: Championing women in STEM]

[Image changes to show a researcher squatting next to a tub of muddy sediment on the deck of the ship and smiling at the camera and text appears: Support Australia’s growing blue economy]

[Image changes to show a close view of Steve Thomas smiling at the camera from the deck of the ship and text appears: An unparalleled workplace and home for our marine science community]

[Image changes to show two males and a female researcher on the deck of the ship smiling and the image changes to show a female holding a door open and smiling at the camera while colleagues can be seen inside the corridor]

[Image changes to show a male and two females sitting at desk with computers smiling at the camera and then the image changes to show two females pouring a specimen into a jar from a sampling sleeve]

[Image changes to show two male researchers working at a bench with specimens inside a room on the ship]

[Image changes to show a male standing next to a piece of equipment and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show five researchers squatting down and putting their hands into a patch of muddy sediment on the deck of the ship and smiling]

[Image changes to show a male next to a microscope smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show a female standing on the deck of the ship and sketching an island which can be seen in the distance]

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[Image changes to show two females smiling at the camera and a map can be seen on a computer screen in the background]

[Image changes to show a male standing next to a multi-corer and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show four researchers standing on the deck of the ship and smiling at the camera]

[Image changes to show a pod of killer whales swimming in the foreground and the RV Investigator can be seen in the background and text appears: Funded by the Australian Government, owned and operated by CSIRO]

[Image changes to show a dark navy background screen and the CSIRO and Marine National Facility logos and text can be seen: CSIRO, Marine National Facility, Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science]

The Marine National Facility is Australia’s dedicated marine research capability, available to all Australian researchers and their international collaborators. Explore the capabilities we offer and the research we deliver, and see some of the faces behind the science.

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Important statistics

300

Research days that RV Investigator can deliver each year.

40

Scientists and researchers that can be accommodated on each voyage.

10 800 nautical miles

Operational range of vessel at cruising speed of 11 knots.

35+

Years of marine data made freely available for all to use and benefit from.

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