Alaska Sikuliaq Program


R/V Sikuliaq on the ocean. Photo by Roger Topp
Photo by Roger Topp

R/V Sikuliaq [see-KOO-lee-auk] is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-laden waters of Alaska and the polar regions. One of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, Sikuliaq is able to break ice up to 2.5 feet thick. The vessel is owned by the National Science Foundation and has been operated by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences since 2014 as part of the US academic research fleet.

The State of Alaska allocates $500,000 annually to support research and operations performed by UAF-based researchers aboard Sikuliaq.

Proposal Process

The Alaska Sikuliaq Program manages an annual peer-reviewed proposal process to award these funds. The call for ASP proposals for the CY 2024 field season will be in March 2023, with proposals due March 31, 2023.

For background on the program, please see the Alaska Sikuliaq Program [PDF].

For more information about Sikuliaq and her operations, see About R/V Sikuliaq.

Launching instrument off Sikuliaq. Photo by Mark Teckenbrock
Photo by Mark Teckenbrock