Alaska Sikuliaq Program


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

The 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 2021 field season is in February 2020, with proposals due in March 2020.

To apply for funding, please fill out the Alaska Sikuliaq Program Proposal Application. Deadline is March 16, 2020.

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

For more information about Sikuliaq and her operations, visit the Sikuliaq website.

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