The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth’s climate history, structure, mantle/crust dynamics, natural hazards, and deep biosphere as described in the IODP Science Plan: Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future. IODP facilitates international and interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and down-hole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu, and Mission-Specific Platforms (MSP). This notice describes proposals that will be accepted for the October 1, 2021 deadline, as well as the on-going request for information (RFI) opening. Additional submission information for proposals and RFI responses. 

Call for Proposals (Deadline: October 1, 2021)

JOIDES Resolution: The number of proposals currently in the system for the JOIDES Resolution provide many high-quality options for scheduling the ship through the end of the current program; therefore, new submissions are not requested. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is already in the system will be accepted.

Mission-Specific Platforms: MSP expeditions are planned to operate once every other year to recover core from targets that are inaccessible by the other facilities (e.g., shallow water, enclosed seas, ice-covered seas). New and revised MSP proposals for any ocean basin are welcomed. 

Chikyu: New Complementary Project Proposals (CPPs) are encouraged, but other new riser and riserless proposals for the Chikyu may not be submitted at this time. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that tis already in the system will be accepted.

Investigators are reminded that the interval from the first proposal submission to expedition scheduling is on the order of 4-5 years due to the science and safety review process and required lead time for scheduling, and that adequate site characterization/site survey data are critical for success. Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility’s science operator to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals, and the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can answer questions about eligibility to submit.

Request for Information (Open!)

The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) is issuing a request for information (RFI) to understand the international scientific community’s intent to propose to the 2050 Science Framework. Responses to the RFI will be considered by the JRFB in consultation with the other Facility Boards, funding agencies, and the IODP Forum, and they will inform planning on a potential future drilling program. Submissions to the RFI require completing an online form in the Proposal Database System (PDB) or in Google Forms. The form simply asks about science goals that would be addressed by your future proposal, the region that would be studied, and some additional planning information. You may submit more than one response, but please only use one submission system (either PDB or Google Forms).