International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP)

Photo: IODP drilling ship

Investigating the Earth and it's history by exploring beneath the seabed.

The UK IODP research programme supports the UK's membership in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). IODP is made up of an international partnership of scientists and research institutions, building upon 40 years of ocean drilling and is providing a better understanding of plate tectonic processes, the Earth's crustal structure and composition, environmental conditions and life in ancient oceans, and climate change.

2016 UK IODP General Conference

Closing date: 10 Oct
2016

17 Aug 2016

The UK IODP team are pleased to announce the 2016 general conference will be held on the 15 November 2016 in London.


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Investigating the Earth and it's history by exploring beneath the seabed.

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is providing a better understanding of plate tectonic processes, the Earth's crustal structure and composition, environmental conditions and life in ancient oceans, and climate change. IODP builds upon the legacies of the early ocean drilling voyages, including the Deep Sea Drilling Project (1968-1983) and the Ocean Drilling Program (1983 - 2003).

The IODP is made up of an international partnership of scientists and institutions building upon 40 years of ocean drilling. The UK is an integral member of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), which, together with the US and Japan, funds and steers the research.

The need for deep-sea drilling

Perhaps Planet Earth should be named Planet Ocean. Oceans cover more than 70% of Earth, holding important information about the planet's past, present and future.

Over 40 years, scientists have drilled over 2000 holes into the Earth's undersea crust, trying to learn what makes the Earth tick. Even so, many important processes are poorly understood, and vast areas of the ocean floor and the Earth's interior remain virtually unknown.

We need to keep sampling sediments and rocks from beneath the seafloor. Together with seafloor observations, they will show us how the Earth system operates, for example revealing climate history, improving our knowledge of plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, sea-level changes, and how life has evolved. So far, scientists have just barely scratched the surface.

NERC's research programme is supporting the UK's membership in IODP, enabling UK scientists to:

  • help ensure that IODP carries out the best and highest priority science
  • participate in and obtain material from drilling legs
  • capitalise on the results of IODP drilling and UK Technologies, allowing them to benefit from technological advances in deep sea drilling

Timing

2013 - 2018

Can I apply for a grant?

Yes, there are a variety of available awards listed below.

Budget

NERC allocated £5·5m to UK IODP.

Available awards

Moratorium awards

From 1 October 2013, all UK IODP expedition participants will be expected to submit a Moratorium Award application in advance of sailing (applicable to all expeditions departing after 1 October 2013).

Moratorium Awards will combine funding to cover:

  1. Expedition participant costs for time on board ship or during science parties for MSP participants only (see below);
  2. Support for moratorium period research work to be carried out during the moratorium period directly post cruise.

All awards will be made at 80% FEC.

Guidance for IODP Moratorium Awards (PDF, 146KB)

Rapid Response grants

IODP Rapid Response awards are for the purpose of supporting a limited number of small-scale, short research activities specifically related to IODP Expedition objectives. Rapid research grants are typically awarded to assist with initial sample processing costs or small equipment purchases related to IODP involvement. Proposals (no more than two pages long) should clearly state the aims, deliverables and the case for support. Where relevant, the proposal should be supported by a statement from an IODP Leg Co-Chief Scientists and/or (for students) from an appropriate member of the departmental academic staff.

Please note that applications for Rapid Response grants will now need to be costed under FEC requirements. The maximum amount, to include all FEC costings are now £2,750 for Rapid Response Grants. In other words, £2200 (80%) is covered by NERC, the other £550 (20%) is to be recovered from the applicant's institute.

Rapid Response proposals will be reviewed by members of the UK IODP Programme Advisory Group and awards will be limited by the funds available for this scheme. Although there is no closing date, applications should be submitted by e-mail as early as possible in advance of the proposed starting date to:

UK IODP Science Co-ordinator

As of 15 March, 2014, Rapid Response grants are no longer available to ship-based IODP participants (all 3 platforms) as well as shore-based participants on Mission Specific Platform (MSP) expeditions, as these individuals are eligible for Moratorium Awards.

Rapid Response Grants will be available to shore-based Science Party members of JOIDES Resolution and Chikyu expeditions, who are not eligible for the Moratorium Awards.

Previous awards

Awards from previous phases of the programme are shown on our online grants browser - Grants on the Web.

IODP programme funded applications - external link

IODP 2 programme funded applications - external link

UK IODP Programme Advisory Panel

  • Chair - Professor Damon Teagle, Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton
  • Dr Rebecca Bell, Imperial College London
  • Dr Steven Bohaty, Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton
  • Dr Kate Littler, University of Exeter
  • Dr David Long, British Geological Survey
  • Dr Andrew McCaig, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
  • Dr Sally Morgan, Department of Geology, University of Leicester; UK IODP Knowledge Exchange Fellow
  • Professor Anthony Morris, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University
  • Professor Paul Wilson, Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton
  • NERC representatives
    • Jessica Surma (Deputy programme manager)
    • Kirstin Johnson (Science co-ordinator), British Geological Survey

UK IODP Programme Executive Board

  • Dr Mike Webb (Programme manager)
  • Professor John Ludden CBE, British Geological Survey
  • Professor Damon Teagle (Chair of the Programme Advisory Panel)

The externally hosted IODP website - external link - holds all relevant information about this programme. In addition, the following documents and links are related to or give more information about this programme.

External links

IODP Science Plan - external link

UK IODP - external link - Hosted by the British Geological Survey

ECORD Science Operator - external link - Hosted by the British Geological Survey

ECORD Science Support & Advisory Committee (ESSAC) - external link

European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) - external link