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IODP Call for Proposals

IODP Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 3, 2022

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth’s climate history, structure, mantle/crust dynamics, natural hazards, and deep biosphere as described in the IODP Science Plan ( IODP facilitates international and interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and down-hole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu, and Mission-Specific Platforms (MSP). This notice describes proposals that will be accepted for the October 3, 2022, deadline:

JOIDES Resolution: The JOIDES Resolution is scheduled through the end of IODP; therefore, new submissions are not requested. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is already in the system will be accepted; these proposals could be transferred to a potential future program.
Chikyu: New Complementary Project Proposals (CPPs) are encouraged, but other new riser and riseless proposals for the Chikyu may not be submitted at this time. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is already in the system will be accepted.
Mission-Specific Platforms: MSP expeditions are planned to operate once a year to drill/core targets that are inaccessible by the other facilities (e.g., shallow water, enclosed seas, ice-covered seas) in any ocean basin until the end of 2024. After that date, MSP expeditions might be implemented in all drilling environments. New and revised MSP proposals for any ocean basin are welcomed.

For more information on the submission process, please visit:
Investigators are reminded that the interval from the first proposal submission to expedition scheduling is on the order of 4-5 years due to the science and safety review process and required lead time for scheduling, and that adequate site characterization/site survey data are critical for success. Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility’s science operator to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals:
IODP Science Support Office • Scripps Institution of Oceanography 0220 • La Jolla, CA 92093-0220 •

In memory of Professor Dick Kroon

24 December 1957 – 24 May 2022
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the recent passing of our dear friend and colleague Professor Dick Kroon, Regius Professor of Geology at the University of Edinburgh.
For more than 30 years, Dick personified an exceptional love story with Scientific Ocean Drilling. He sailed on six ODP/IODP expeditions, including two as Co-Chief Scientist, and was a pioneer in the use of stable isotope stratigraphy and planktonic foraminiferal micropaleontology in the recovery of paleoceanographic and climate records from the Pleistocene to the Cretaceous in almost all the oceans of our planet. His exceptional scientific legacy, including more than 150 publications and the training of ~30 PhD graduates (most of whom now hold academic roles themselves), will continue to guide and inspire research long into the future.

Dick was also a central player in the leadership of the two last scientific ocean drilling programmes, first by serving as Chair of IODP-Netherlands (2002-2006), then as Co-Chair of the IODP Science Evaluation Panel for five years (2012-2016) and finally as Chair of the IODP Forum (2019-2021), the highest-level entity in the current program. In this latter role, he became the face of the International Ocean Discovery Program, which benefited immensely from his unique scientific knowledge, superbly diplomatic approach to working with partners around the world, and his unparalleled ability to enthuse and bring out the best in everyone. This is exemplified by the way he helped orchestrate the production of the “2050 Science Framework: Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling”, that sets out a compelling scientific vision for our future and is an enduring legacy of his influence and passion.
The scientific drilling community will sorely miss Dick‘s boundless and infectious enthusiasm and insightful views, as well as his rich character and acute sense of humour. Those of us who were lucky enough to work closely with Dick, and to know him well, have lost a truly special colleague and friend. His memory will not fade away and he will of course live on in our hearts and memories.
In October 2021, we honoured Dick with an ECORD Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to Scientific Ocean Drilling. Sadly, Dick was never able to receive his Award in person. In his gracious acceptance letter, Dick wrote that “Scientific Ocean Drilling is fun” and “the future looks bright”, but since his passing the IODP sky has sadly been very much dimmer.
Our sincerest condolences go to Dick’s wife and children, Erica, Gebien and Tim, all of his family, and to his innumerable friends around the world, to whom he left these beautifully poignant words:
“The situation is disconcerting we cannot do much about it. Thank you for thinking of me. Dick”.
Gilbert Camoin and Antony Morris

ECORD @ EGU 2022

ECORD @ EGU 2022

Meet us at the booth, follow exciting ECORD presentations in the session, learn about programmatic topics at the Town Hall meeting
The EGU 2022 General Assembly will be held in Vienna from 23 to 27 May 2022. You can participate on site or virtually.
ECORD representatives will be on-site, we look forward meeting you at the ICDP-IODP booth and during the session.
The IODP-ICDP Session “Achievements and perspectives in scientific ocean and continental drilling” (SSP1.2) will be held on Tue, 24 May, 08:30–11:44 (CEST) in Room -2.32/33 and online.
The ICDP-IODP/ECORD Town Hall Meeting will be on Tue, 24 May, 18:00 CEST as pure online event (zoom) and focus on news from both programs with plenty of time for discussion.
Meeting-ID: 838 5213 9544; Code: drilling;

ECORD-Japan webinar – watch again

Watch the webinar recording – here
A joint vision for future scientific ocean drilling
The scope of the webinar is to inform the scientific community of a new developing partnership between ECORD and Japan for future (post-2024) Scientific Ocean Drilling.
Therefore we will offer two identical 1-hour events:
Webinar Outline:

„Welcome by moderators
„Rationale for development of an ECORD-Japan joint program
„ECORD-Japan collaboration at its best: Exp. 386 Japan Trench Paleoseismology
„Q&A session

Download the webinar flyer here


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to serve on the ECORD Facility Board (EFB)

The European Consortium of Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is now accepting applications from active, leading international scientists to serve as Science Board Members on the ECORD Facility Board, the key forum for planning IODP mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions, operated by ECORD.
Within IODP, each platform provider uses a Facility Board to make and inform decisions on the effective use of its drilling facility in fulfilling the objectives of the IODP Science Plan.
The primary tasks of the ECORD Facility Board are to:

recommend MSP expedition schedules, based on ready-to-drill, high-priority science proposals, optimal geographic distribution and costs
assess the Annual ECORD Plan, including operations schedule, data management, publications, core curation, and scientific technical development
advise on long-term planning of MSP expeditions
participate in ECORD reviews of completed MSP expeditions
liaise with all major entities of IODP

The ECORD Facility Board consists of a Science Board (six international scientists: 3 ECORD, 1 US, 1 Japan, 1 associated IODP member country) and the Executive Bureau (ECORD Executive Council Members, the ECORD Management Agency Director and the Chairs of ESO, ESSAC and ECORD-ILP), together with representatives of IODP entities and funding agencies (see
Here we are seeking two new Science Board members, specifically one from Japan and one from an associated IODP member country (Australia, China, India, New Zealand, South Korea).
The ECORD Facility Board meets once a year. The new members are expected to serve for two years, starting 1 January 2023. Travel costs for related activities are fully covered by the relevant IODP national funding organizations.
Application Process: Interested scientists should send the following documents as PDFs to the ESSAC Office: (1) a letter of interest, including your area of expertise, research interests and previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP (if applicable), (2) a CV and (3) a list of publications. To avoid conflicts of interest, applicants should not be proponents on active MSP proposals that are in the review stage or have yet to be recommended for scheduling.
Please e-mail applications to by 1 September 2022. 
download full call here
For further information or questions, please contact:
Gilbert Camoin
Director, ECORD Managing Agency
Tel: +33 442 97 15 14
Angelo Camerlenghi
Tel: +39 040 2140447