The design of the next generation Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) continues to mature. The program successfully passed its Preliminary Design Review last summer and remains on track for Final Design Review and the selection of a shipyard by the end of next year, pending the approval of the National Science Board and inclusion in the FY 2017 Federal budget. At this point, all signs look promising for approval for construction of up to three of these highly advanced 193 ft research ships for the UNOLS fleet. NSF is scheduled to make its recommendation as to the proposed number of vessels to be built later this year. For more information regarding the design, its evolution, the ship’s science equipment and the project plan, please visit http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/rcrv/. The FAQ page in particular provides answers to common questions.