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MSP proposal-writing workshop

UK IODP MSP Proposal workshop

Workshop to support scientists in developingIODP proposals for ECORD mission-specific platforms (MSP)

9-11 February 2021
Online, open to all nationalities


UK IODP will run an MSP proposal-writing workshop to support scientists in developing IODP proposals for ECORD mission-specific platforms (MSP).
The workshop format will include presentations from experienced scientists and experts in from IODP and ECORD, as well as breakout discussion sessions and mentoring of small groups. Live captioning will be used, and presentations will be recorded to make them available for participants who are not able view them live.
Through the UK IODP research programme, NERC is committed to supporting the science community in developing high quality science-driven proposals for submission to IODP. UK IODP is particularly keen to support development of proposals for mission-specific platforms (MSPs) at this time, in response to the current low MSP proposal pressure, and in anticipation of the prominent role of MSPs mentioned in the new 2050 Science Framework.
Registration for the workshop will open shortly.
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2050 Science Framework: Exploring Earth By Scientific Ocean Drilling

Release of the completed 2050 Science Framework

Dear IODP Community,
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the release of the completed 2050 Science Framework, entitled Exploring Earth By Scientific Ocean Drilling. Thanks to your scientific input and active participation in the review process, the 2050 Science Framework is now finished, endorsed by the IODP Forum, and available for download at
On this website you can download three beautifully designed documents, prepared by the international IODP science community:

1) the full 124-page 2050 Science Framework,2) a short 12-page summary, and3) a two-page pamphlet.
The full-length framework document will guide scientists on the important research frontiers that scientific ocean drilling should pursue and often that only can be achieved through scientific ocean drilling. The framework focuses on the many ways in which scientific ocean drilling will increase our understanding of the fundamental connections among Earth system components while addressing a range of natural and human-caused environmental challenges facing society. The shorter summary and pamphlet versions are intended for a much wider, more general audience, to help us explain the societal importance and value of advancing these scientific frontiers through scientific ocean drilling.

Our utmost gratitude goes to the 46 authors and internal reviewers who worked tirelessly on the 2050 Science Framework, the 19 science delegates in the Science Framework Working Group, the more than 650 scientific ocean drilling scientists who participated in six international planning workshops in 2018 and 2019, and those who provided insights and constructive commentary during the two community reviews in February-March and July 2020. The extensive peer-review process and high level of community input and involvement have resulted in an exciting blueprint for more than 25 years of future scientific ocean drilling.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support and energy in providing scientific ocean drilling with a bright future!
Anthony Koppers and Rosalind Coggon, Co-lead Editors

2050 Science Framework Writing Team

Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling

Revised Proposal Submission Guidelines

Revised IODP Proposal Submission Guidelines
We would like to bring to your attention the new and revised Proposal Submission Guidelines for IODP proposals that have been approved by the Facility Boards and posted to the IODP website. A number of changes have been made and some are significant.
This will be especially important for those preparing proposals for the October 1 deadline (note that those with currently active or recently deactivated proposals will be directly informed by the SSO). Of particular note, the new joint IODP-ICDP proposal review (now Land-2-Sea) is now a much simpler procedure and we hope this will encourage more proposals in this area, including MSP proposals as part of these near-coastal projects. We do, as always, encourage proponents to ensure they have downloaded the latest guidelines version before preparing and submitting their proposal. An announcement has been made on the front page of the website with a direct link to the new guidelines file. We also attach the file here. Below are the primary relevant changes: 

New Land-2-Sea proposal guidelines that replace and streamline the Amphibious Drilling Project proposal process – a single version of the proposal can now be submitted to IODP and ICDP with a single/joint evaluation process
Revised MSP proposal guidelines – a low, mid and high-level cost operational scenario should be included in a Full MSP Proposal
Changes to word limits (please check Table) – increased, and now includes figure captions and table captions
Introduction of a revised Pre-proposal (“Pre2”) – requested where SEP finds the proposal has a potentially compelling science idea but further work is needed before it can move to the Full proposal stage
Introduction of a review response section to be completed for all revised or previously deactivated proposals
Link provided to new proposal evaluation guidelines

 If you have any questions please let us know. With kind regards,  
Lisa McNeill and Gail Christeson (SEP Co-Chairs), Clive Neal (JRFB Chair), and the Science Support Office

Revised Proposal Submission Guidelines:

download here

Final community review of the IODP 2050 Science Framework

A fully designed, complete draft version of the 2050 Science Framework entitled “Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling” is now available online on and ready for community review and your comments.
This is the concluding round of community review.

Please provide your comments and complete the questionnaire by the deadline of 3 August.
The community review is only open for 2 weeks with a deadline of 3 August and we are planning to stick to this deadline. It is key to get as many of you and your colleagues as possible to review the framework in these two weeks and to fill out the accompanying Review Questionnaire, that only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete but will provide important metrics on the community’s findings.
This full version of the framework is written for the scientific ocean drilling community and scientists across the Earth sciences and beyond. Later, over the summer, a shorter 12-page summary document and a 2-page pamphlet will be produced for a general audience.
Download 2050 Science Framework: (password: sod2050comments).
Review Questionnaire:

Online Workshop: Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii


Register for Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii: Online workshop for IODP 951-Full proposal development (June 30 – July 3, 2020; Zoom). Deadline: June 21, 2020

Online Workshop: Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii
Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii: Online workshop for IODP 951-Full proposal development (June 30 – July 3, 2020; Zoom)
In the long-range vision of the 2050 Science Framework, deep scientific ocean drilling with emerging drilling and logging technologies — “Probing the Deep Earth” — will be one of the five flagship initiatives. This scientific and technological challenge will provide humankind a pathway to the Earth’s more profound realm and extend our fundamental insights into the nature of Earth’s deep interior and its geodynamic behavior. In this virtual workshop, we would like to develop a full proposal to explore ~2 km-deep oceanic crust off Hawaii using the D/V Chikyu.
During the online workshop, we will:

Discuss scientific objectives/questions, hypotheses, and available approaches based on the background information of 951-Pre proposal entitled “Drilling Middle-Aged Oceanic Crust on North Arch off Hawaii”,
Build an international and interdisciplinary proponent team and encourage collaborations therein, and
Develop a 951-Full proposal from both science and technology and submit by the 1 October 2020 deadline.

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop registration site:
Download the Agenda Invalid download ID.