The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is sponsoring merit-based awards for outstanding young scientists to conduct innovative research related to the International Ocean Discovery Program. The research may be directed toward the objectives of upcoming or past DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions, using core material and/or data.

The ECORD Grants will cover travel and lab expenses or other approved costs related to the study. Studies should be conducted in a laboratory/institution other than the applicant’s home institution, involve mobility and promote new collaborations and/or the acquisition of new scientific expertise. Grant budgets must not exceed 3000 €. Applicants should be enrolled in either a PhD or “early-career”, post-doctoral research programme at any institution from an ECORD country.

Applications should take the form of a mini-proposal, detailing the aims of the study and relevance to IODP, the material/data to be worked on, the project partnership and estimated costs. Applications can be strengthened by including the benefits of the proposed study to current work and why the proposed institution is the most appropriate place to carry out the planned study. A final report, including budget and some details of the anticipated results, must be completed within 12 months after the grant has been awarded.

The deadline to apply for an ECORD Research Grant is 30 January 2017. Please send to the ESSAC Office the following documents:

(1) your application, including a detailed mini-proposal (max.5 pages) with a detailed budget plan;

2) a letter of support from the host institution;

3) a CV and

4) a letter of support from the main supervisor (PhD students) or home institution (post-doctoral researchers).


Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1) Mini-proposal (40%) + Budget plan10%);

2) CV (30%) and,

3) Letter of Support (20%).




The deadline to apply for an ECORD Research Grant 2017 was January 30, 2017 . Requested documents: a detailed mini-proposal (max. 5 pages incl. detailed budget plan), as well as a CV (template to download below, please only use this template!), a letter of support from the host institution , and a Letter of Support of one supervisor (PhD students) or home institution (Post-doctoral researchers)(template to download below).

>> Call ECORD Research Grants pdf

>> CV form doc

>> Letter of Support form doc

ECORD Grants awardees 2015


 Barnet, James: Absolute sea-surface temperature estimates from the enigmatic late Paleocene greenhouse; new data from the Indian Ocean

Alonso Garcia, Montserrat: Tracking Mediterranean Outflow Water impact on North Atlantic circulation and climate during the initiation of the Northern Hemisphere glaciation

Zindorf, Mark: Sulphur isotope study to reveal formation conditions of iron sulphides and deep sulphate enrichment

Gariboldi, Karen: Role of Volcanic Ashes in Enhancing Primary Production: Evidences in the Deep Time

Panitz, Sina: Investigating linkages between the Norwegian Atlantic Current variability and Scandinavian vegetation during the late Pliocene

Bhatia, Rehemat: Can 2D trace elemental mapping of foraminifera help to resolve the presence of photosymbionts in the fossil record?

Jordan, Nina: Tephrochronogy on ODP Site 963 (Mediterranean Sea, ODP Leg 160)

Baranwal, Soma: Timing of the onset of weakening of the Australasian rainfall in response to the global thermohaline circulation from the northwest shelf of Australia: IODP Expedition 356


ECORD Grants awardees 2013

 Thorsten Bauersachs: Identification of the deep biosphere of the Nankai Trough

Patten Clifford: The paragenesis and chemical composition of sulfide minerals in the oceanic crust: EMPA analysis of sulfides from IODP hole 1256D Report

Sebastian Hammerschmidt: Gas Migration Pathways and Source Depths beneath the Kumano Forearc Basin, Nankai Trough, Japan

Katrien An Heirman: From micro to macro: Diagenetic and alteration processes on a grain-to-grain level in an active subduction zone

Claire Huck: Main and trace element concentration data and rare earth element patterns in fossil fish teeth from the Southern Ocean

Wendy Kordesch: Middle Eocene Carbonate Accumulation in the Deep Equatorial Atlantic: ODP Site 929

Marina Martindale: High-pressure melting relations of Juan de Fuca sediments and their effects on the Northern Cascade volcanic chemistry Report

Iris Moebius: Temperature and stratification evolution across the Oligocene/Miocene transition in the western North Atlantic (IODP Expedition 342) Report

Katherine Prentice: The role of ocean Productivity in Carbon Cycle Changes Through The Eocene/Oligocene Transition


ECORD Grants awardees 2012

 Campagne, Philippine: Reconstruction of environmental and sea ice variations in Adelie Land, East Antarctica, over the last 2,000 years, based on diatom assemblages, diatom specific biomarkers and modalisation Report

Genske, Felix: The petrology and geochemistry of lavas from the western Azores oceanic plateau Report

Drury, Anna Joy: Onset and Termination of the Messinian Salinity Crisis: constraining variation of bottom water temperatures, ice volume and sea level Report

La Fuerza, Sara: New insights on submarine flank volcano evolution from geomechanical characterization of marine sediments, west of Martinique Report

Rousselle, Gabrielle: Contribution of TEX86-based temperatures to the climatic variations of the equatorial Pacific during the last 10 Myrs Report

ECORD Grants awardees 2011

Nathalie Dubois: Comparing Sedimentation processes below the unproductive South pacific Gyre with the highly productive central equatorial Pacific Report

Mirjam Koch: Late Pliocene millennial scale fluctuations in SST and stratification within the North Atlantic Report

Cristina Sghibartz: Records to understand controls on the deepening calcite compensation depth across the Eocene Oligocene Transition

Cristian Zeeden: Studying phase relations of orbital forcing and terrestrial (ice) response in the Miocene Report

Borje Dahren: Unraveling the lithostratigraphy of the continental crust beneath the Faroe Islands


ECORD Grants awardees 2010

David Naafs: Determining the origin of higher plant leaf wax components accumulated at IODP Site U1313 during the last 3.6 Ma

Torsten Haberzettl: Investigating a ÒnewÓ Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic excursion: research on ODP Leg 151 Site 911 Hole C Core 1H

Valerio Pasini: Biopetrology of the hydrating mantle along Mid Ocean Ridge

Zuzanna Natalia Stroynowski: IODP Exp. 323, Bering Sea

Jan Hennisen