To support UK membership in the international Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), NERC runs a UK research programme to enable UK scientists to:
- participate in and obtain material from drilling expeditions,
- ensure that IODP carries out the best and highest priority science, and
- capitalise on the results of IODP drilling and UK technologies, allowing them to benefit from technological advances in deep sea drilling.
The current phase of NERC's UK-IODP science support started in September 2008 and runs until 2013. Part of the funding for the programme is directed toward supporting research grants with the objective of taking forward IODP-related research in the UK.
Rapid response grants
IODP rapid response awards support a limited number of small-scale, short research activities specifically related to IODP Leg objectives.
Expedition and post-cruise funding
From 1 April 2010, any PhD students or Post-Doctorates sailing on IODP expeditions will be expected to submit a post-cruise grant application not longer than 2 months following their return from the expedition.
If appropriate, an outline of this potential work must be included in the FEC application (see below), although UKIODP appreciate this is just an indication and not a commitment to the work plan.
Participation in an IODP expedition does not guarantee post-cruise funding.
Under full economic costing, all IODP expedition participants from the UK are eligible to apply to NERC for funding to cover their time on board ship. As with research grants, awards will be made at 80% FEC.
This scheme provides additional support for Post-Doctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs) and Post-Graduate Research Assistants (PGRAs) who sail with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) on behalf of the UK.
The scheme aims to ensure that more PDRAs and PGRAs can complete up to 6 months post-cruise research. The application procedure is separate from the main UKIODP strategic grant rounds and has specific conditions.
Please email David Roberts with your grant reference number following submission of your award proposal. This will ensure that the proposal is sent for review and a decision made in a prompt and timely manner.