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Call for MagellanPlus proposals

The ECORD/ICDP MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme aims to foster the development of new IODP/ICDP drilling projects, and invites scientists from ECORD/ICDP member countries to propose workshops for the elaboration of compelling drilling proposals.
MagellanPlus particularly welcomes proposals for workshops that integrate scientific marine and continental coring with scientific topics such as Earth’s Surface Environmental Change, Processes and Effects; the Deep Biosphere & Sub-Seafloor Ocean, as well as Solid Earth Cycles & Geodynamics, as outlined in the science plans of IODP and ICDP.
The contribution of the MagellanPlus Workshop Series will not exceed 15,000 € per workshop. 
Call for MagellanPlus proposals – deadline: 15 January 2021
For further information, please have a look to the MagellanPlus website.

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.

ECORD Facility Board 2021-2023

to serve on the ECORD Facility Board of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), from 2021-2023
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 a new Science Board member from an ECORD country with scientific expertise related to the “Ocean and Climate” theme of the IODP Science Plan 2013-2023 (see
The ECORD Facility Board meets once a year, usually in early spring. The new members are expected to serve for three years, starting 1 January 2021. 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 2020.
For further information or questions, please contact:
Gilbert Camoin
Director, ECORD Managing Agency
Tel: +33 442 97 15 14
Antony Morris
Tel: +44 1752 584766