Request for Proposals: Novel Projects in Support of Scientific Ocean Drilling
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) invites members of the U.S. IODP community to submit proposals for novel projects and activities that will enhance and advance the goals of scientific ocean drilling.
Proposals submitted in 2022 are in the process of being reviewed.
The next RFP will likely be circulated in late summer/early fall 2023.
With this request for proposals (RFP), USSSP aims to foster innovative, out-of-the box projects that may address elements of the current IODP Science Plan or focus on the future of scientific ocean drilling (2050 Science Framework).
Novel Projects proposals may explore a range of topics, including (but not limited to):
Legacy Data and Cores: Analytical projects using existing DSDP/ODP/IODP data and samples to explore new scientific questions, revisit existing data sets with new techniques, or synthesize multi-expedition data to address broader scientific themes
Outreach and Communication: Develop resources for communicating our science to a wide variety of audiences, including communication through non-traditional, creative means (e.g., digital media, StoryMaps, storytelling, etc.)
Career Development: Develop training opportunities or resources for the next generation of scientists who will engage in scientific ocean drilling research, including in areas of expertise critical and perhaps unique to IODP (e.g., borehole observatories); important for future scientific discovery (e.g., new technology, methods); or designed to enhance engagement of historically underrepresented communities in geosciences
This Novel Projects RFP is intended to stimulate new ideas, foster opportunities for unique projects and collaborations, and encourage community engagement related to scientific ocean drilling. Proposals should identify specific, realistic outcomes or products that will be developed within the scope of the project.
This RFP is not intended to replace USSSP’s Planning Workshops, Pre-Drilling Activity, Post-Expedition Activity, or Schlanger Fellowship Programs. Projects that fall within the scope of existing funding programs should be submitted as proposals to those programs, through the USSSP Application Portal.
USSSP remains committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all program participants and staff.