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 50 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.

2014 UK IODP Conference

Closing date: 21 Aug
2014

3 Jul 2014

The 2014 UK IODP Conference will be taking place at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 5 November 2014.


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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

UK IODP workshop funding support scheme

This scheme aims to support UK scientists in the organisation of, or participation in, IODP-related workshops, sand-pits, training, outreach or other events.  Applications will be accepted from individuals employed by a UK research organisation.  Applications should include a description of the workshop that it is proposed for support by UK IODP and an explanation of its relevance to IODP.  Eligible workshops must make use of IODP samples, data, and/or results, or involve planning for the collection of such materials.

Applicants can apply for between £2k and £10k and must include a justification for the amount being requested, including a breakdown of costs with reasonable estimates.  In exceptional circumstances requests for larger amounts of funding will be considered.  Applicants should have considered other sources of funding prior to submitting applications to this scheme, particularly Magellan Plus, and must provide an explanation if they have not applied to such schemes.

This scheme is open for applications at any time during the current phase of UK IODP research programme (2020-2024). The funding of applications by NERC will, however, be subject to UK IODP having funding available in its budget. It is therefore recommended that potential applicants contact the UK IODP Programme Manager to ensure that funding is available in the required time frame to support the event. Early submission of applications is recommended as UK IODP’s funding for this scheme is limited and funding for those applications recommended for support will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants must complete the form below:

UK IODP workshop funding application form (Word, 70KB)

Then submit to iodp@nerc.ukri.org. Applications will be assessed by the Chair of the UK IODP Programme Advisory Group (PAG), who may, depending on the level of funding being requested, ask for advice from other members of the PAG. Following assessment, funding recommendations will be made to NERC. NERC may reject an application or, on the advice of the PAG, request a resubmission. Resubmission does not, however, guarantee funding. Feedback on applications will only be provided if the PAG thinks it would be helpful.

To receive funds, the organisation of the successful applicant will need to invoice NERC.  Details will be provided to applicants when notified of their success.

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, 259KB)

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
  • Professor Mike Lovell, Department of Geology, University of Leicester
  • Professor Anthony Morris, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University
  • Dr Julie Prytulak, Durham University
  • Professor Paola Vannucchi, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor Dick Kroon, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Lisa McNeill, University of Southampton
  • Dr Rosalind Coggon, University of Southampton
  • Dr Jude Coggon, University of Southampton, UK IODP Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
  • Dave McInroy, BGS
  • Dr Alexandra Turchyn, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Kevin Pickering, University College London
  • Dr Mike Webb, NERC, Head of Research (Marine)
  • Jessica Surma, NERC, Senior Programme Manager (Polar & Marine)

UK IODP Programme Executive Board

  • Dr Mike Webb, NERC, Head of Research (Marine)
  • Professor Damon Teagle (Chair of the Programme Advisory Panel)
  • Jessica Surma, NERC, Senior Programme Manager (Polar & Marine)
  • Dr Jude Coggon, University of Southampton, UK IODP Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

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.