Submission deadline: April 3, 2017 23:59 GMT

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth's climate history, structure, dynamics, and deep biosphere as described in the IODP Science Plan Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future. IODP provides opportunities for international and interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and downhole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution (JR), Chikyu, and Mission Specific Platforms (MSP).

The JR is planned to operate 10 months per year in 2018 and 2019 under a long-term, global circumnavigation track based on proposal pressure. Future JR expeditions are projected to follow a path through the Southern Ocean, and into the Gulf of Mexico and the Equatorial and South Atlantic, for opportunities for drilling there in 2019 and continuing into 2020. The JR will then continue to operate in the area of the Atlantic and adjacent seas, and will complete its circumnavigation with a return to the Indo-Pacific region by 2023. Pre- and full proposals for these future operational areas are strongly encouraged.

MSP expeditions are planned to operate once per year on average, and proposals for any ocean are welcomed. Chikyu operations will be project-based, and new proposals to use Chikyu in riser mode must be Complementary Project Proposals (with cost-sharing). IODP aims to foster joint projects with the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP). We therefore also invite proposals that coordinate drilling on land and at sea.

Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the platform Science Operators to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals. 

Next submission deadline (following April 3, 2017) : October 2, 2017