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.

Announcement of Opportunity: UK IODP Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

Closing date: 29 Aug
2019

4 Jul 2019

Proposals are invited for a Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for the UK International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP). The Knowledge Exchange Coordinator will be tasked with establishing, maintaining and energising links with the wider environmental science and industrial communities, and increasing national awareness of UK-IODP activities and opportunities.


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

The International Ocean Discovery 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

2019 - 2023

Can I apply for a grant?

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

Available awards

Moratorium awards

All UK IODP expedition participants are required to:

  1. Notify the UK-IODP Programme Manager at the earliest opportunity, that they have been offered, and accepted, a berth on an IODP expedition.
  2. Submit a Moratorium Award application in advance of sailing.

Moratorium Awards will combine funding to cover:

  1. Expedition participant's costs for time on board ship or during science parties for MSP participants only;
  2. Travel and subsistence for travelling to / from expeditions, sampling parties and post-cruise meetings;
  3. Support for moratorium period research work to be carried out during the moratorium period directly post cruise.

All awards will be made at 80% full economic costs (FEC).

Guidance for IODP Moratorium Awards (PDF, 125KB)

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
  • Professor Mike Lovell, Department of Geology, University of Leicester
  • Dr Andrew McCaig, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
  • Professor Anthony Morris, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University
  • Professor Kevin Pickering, University College London
  • Professor Paul Wilson, Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton
  • NERC representative - Jessica Surma (Deputy programme manager)

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

Logo

Large UK IODP logo - 1000 pixel-wide logo for use in presentations.