Training Through Research Surveys CallExternal

Call Overview

Call Category: Proposals

Email: smart [at]

Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) is a collaboration with the Marine Institute that increases national capacity in offshore marine research by offering placements on a range of research surveys on-board the national research vessels, RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager. On-board placements provide the experience and skills required to work at sea and facilitate career development in ocean science. Participation also serves as a valuable opportunity to network with leading Irish and European marine scientists.


If TTRS sounds like an opportunity to develop your skills, add to your existing seagoing experience and network with established professionals in your chosen discipline please follow the links below for survey details.                                                                           

•             CE18004 Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) Leg 1: 19th to 27th February

•             CE18004 Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) Leg 2:  27th February to 8th March

•             CE18004 Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) Leg 3: 9th to 19th March

•             CE18005 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey: 20th March to 9th April

•             CE17005 Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) Leg 4:  10th to 20th April

•             CE18007 INFOMAR Hydrographic Survey: 21st April to 13th May

•             CE18009 Western European Shelf Pelagic Acoustic Survey (WESPAS) Leg 1: 9th to 28th June

•             CE18010 WESPAS Leg 2: 3rd to 24th July

•             CE18016 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey: 7th to 27th October


Advantages of Participating in TTRS

  • Gain seagoing experience
  • Joining and participating with a team of experienced marine scientists on a dedicated research survey
  • Contribute to the surveys goals
  • Acquire multidisciplinary and topic specific field skills
  • Establish new professional contacts and extend networks


To read previous participant's experience of TTRS please visit the SMART blog.

TTRS participants are responsible for costs incurred in travelling to and from survey ports. 



Applications are invited from graduate and postgraduate students from across the island of Ireland and can be submitted via the online application form.



  • Applicants must hold a degree in marine-related science or technology or be in the final year of their undergraduate programme.
  • Participants must hold a valid ENG11 medical certificate and a Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certificate (STCW95).
  • Applicants should have some prior sea going experience.

Please note ENG11 medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification renewed every five years.

Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates, and check lists for scientists embarking on national research vessels are available at this link