Transport Canada - Quiet Vessel Initiative

Transport Canada’s Quiet Vessel Initiative (QVI) is soliciting research proposals from stakeholders across the maritime sector. Contribution funding will be available for projects that will help reduce the impacts of vessel navigation on marine mammals and the marine environment. The Program will help to advance the testing and development of quiet vessel solutions for Canada’s domestic fleet.

Up to $150,000 per project is available to support eligible project activities. You may only begin incurring costs once a project is approved. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.

Examples of projects include (non-exhaustive list):

· Developing and maintaining an online resource about effective and proven technologies to reduce underwater vessel noise for naval architects, vessel owners/operators, and other stakeholders – based on best available evidence.

· Developing, or increasing the technology readiness level of a novel approach or technology for the reduction of underwater vessel noise; for example, underwater noise reduction of outboard propulsion systems.

· Tests, trials or other field research to quantify the effectiveness of new vessel designs, retrofits or operational practices aimed at reducing underwater vessel noise.

· Development of onboard, real-time underwater vessel noise monitoring, or propeller cavitation monitoring systems for vessels.

· Development of vessel design and engineering tools to facilitate the consideration of underwater radiated noise (URN) mitigation as a design criteria for vessels (e.g. software prediction tool for propeller-related underwater radiated noise).

· Studies to support the development of adaptive noise management plans for ferries that operate in endangered marine mammal habitat (i.e. Southern Resident killer whale, North Atlantic right whale, St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga).

· Studies to support the development of adaptive noise management plans for whale watching vessels that operate in endangered marine mammal habitat (i.e. Southern Resident killer whale, North Atlantic right whale, St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga).

· Studies to support the development of a whale-watching vessel design, to reduce their underwater noise impacts on endangered marine mammals.

· Developing a post-secondary training initiative for marine engineers and other functional specialists (e.g. policy officers) to increase the understanding of underwater vessel noise and its impacts on the marine environment.

Eligibility: 

Eligible recpients include the following entities: 

  • Canadian Port authorities;
  • Public sector organizations
  • Not-for-profit and for-profit private sector organizations;
  • Foreign entities and international organizations;
  • Academia; and
  • Individuals (e.g. technical experts with highly specialized knowledge).

NB: Contributions to for-profit private sector organizations and foreign entities will be considered only when they advance the Canadian public good.

Deadline: June 30, 2021 (12:00 am PST)

Please contact Michael Thurgood (mthurgoo@sfu.ca) in ORS to obtain Application Guide, Project Proposal Template, and budget template. All applications must be submitted to the following email address: QuietVesselInitiative-InitiativeDeNaviresSilencieux@tc.gc.ca

 

Upcoming Deadlines

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June 30, 2022June 30, 2022 *
June 25, 2022 Jun. 25, 2022 June 25, 2022 16:00:00 June 25, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Transport Canada - Quiet Vessel Initiative Transport Canada’s Quiet Vessel Initiative (QVI) is soliciting research proposals from stakeholders across the maritime sector. Contribution funding will be available for projects that will help reduce the impacts of vessel navigation on marine mammals and the marine environment. The Program will help to advance the testing and development of quiet vessel solutions for Canada’s domestic fleet. Up to $150,000 per project is available to support eligible project activities. Applications are due by June 30, 2021. Please click on the funding opportunity link for more information. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.

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