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The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for six expeditions:

 

Expedition 371 Tasman Frontier Subduction Initiation and Paleogene Climate (Aug-Sep 2017) aboard the JOIDES Resolution

U.S. application deadline: 15 August 2016

Informational Webinar: 29 July 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT, click here to register.

 

Expedition 369 Australia Cretaceous Climate and Tectonics (Oct-Nov 2017) aboard the JOIDES Resolution

U.S. application deadline: 15 August 2016

Informational Webinar: 3 August 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT, click here to register.

 

Expedition 374 Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History (Jan-Feb 2018) aboard the JOIDES Resolution

U.S. application deadline: 15 August 2016

Informational Webinar: 4 August 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT, click here to register.

 

Expedition 373 Antarctic Cenozoic Paleoclimate (Dec 2017-Feb 2018) aboard a Mission Specific Platform (MSP) operated by the ECORD Science Operator (ESO)

U.S. application deadline: 31 August 2016

Informational Webinar: 29 August 2016 at 2pm BST (9am EDT), click here to register.

 

Expedition 372 Creeping Gas Hydrate Slides and Hikurangi LWD (Nov’17-Jan’18) aboard the JOIDES Resolution

U.S. application deadline: 1 October 2016

 

Expedition 375 Hikurangi Subduction Margin (Mar-May 2018) aboard the JOIDES Resolution

U.S. application deadline: 1 October 2016

 

U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating in these expeditions can get more information and apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program – Apply Now webpage. Non-U.S.-affiliated scientists should apply through their IODP Program Member Offices.

 

 

Eligibility

 

USSSP sponsors participation on IODP expeditions by scientists and engineers (e.g., professors, research scientists, technologists, graduate students) affiliated with U.S. institutions (e.g., universities, government agencies, corporations). Scientists and engineers affiliated with institutions in other IODP member countries should apply for IODP participation through their country’s national program office. Expedition lengths may vary, but two months is a typical duration. Applicants must be available for the entire length of the expedition. Invitees will be assigned a specific role in the scientific party and must sign an agreement with the expedition operator elaborating their responsibilities during the expedition and their acceptance of all the rights, privileges, and obligations of a member of the science party as defined by IODP policy. Information on the job descriptions and responsibilities of JOIDES Resolution shipboard scientists can be found on the science operator’s website.

 

 

Support

 

If selected to participate in an IODP expedition, science party members may receive financial support including:

 

  • Salary: USSSP provides salary support to approved U.S. expedition participants for a period of approximately 1.5 times the duration of an expedition in weeks, where the additional time covers preparations, travel, and participation in post-expedition activities. U.S. co-chief scientists normally receive a longer period of salary support (up to eight months total) due to their additional expedition-related responsibilities. USSSP determines the exact salary period of each participant in light of available funding and other factors. No sea pay, bonuses, or other additional salary compensation will be awarded.
  • Travel: USSSP coordinates and funds the travel of expedition participants to and from the drilling platform and also supports their travel as necessary to pre- and post-expedition meetings for planning, sampling, and coordination of research results. Science party members will receive detailed travel instructions after accepting an invitation to sail.
  • Miscellaneous: In some instances, expedition participants may receive limited reimbursement for miscellaneous costs such as required medical exams, travel visas, and safety training.

 

 

Staffing Process

 

The IODP staffing is designed to create an integrated science party that will meet the scientific objectives of an expedition while balancing scientist expertise and range of professional experience, diversity of participating institutions, and the national affiliations as outlined in the program’s international agreements. The process begins approximately six to nine months before an expedition, when the expedition operator issues a call for applications to sail on an expedition. Scientists then respond by applying to sail through their IODP Program Member Office. If your affiliation lies with a U.S.-based institution, you apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program.

 

After the application deadline, staffing decisions are made through a joint process involving the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), the co-chief scientists of the expedition, and the expedition operator. The USAC Staffing subcommittee reviews applications and nominates qualified applicants to the expedition operator in prioritized groups. The operator then finalizes the international science party.