Frequently Asked Questions

How are IODP proposals selected for drilling?

IODP expeditions are developed from hypothesis-driven science proposals aligned with the program's Science Plan Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future and are carried out in accordance with the program's Principles of Scientific Investigation.

Proposals are submitted by the international scientific community to the Science Evaluation Panel (SEP). The international scientists of the SEP evaluate and recommend proposals for drilling. The Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) then carries out a site-by-site review of proposed or scheduled IODP expeditions from the point of view of safety and environmental protection.

Proposals are forwarded to the appropriate platorm facility board

Each platform has a Facility Board to determine which proposals are drilled. The Facility Board considers science priority, resources, ship track efficiency, risks, etc. The Facitlity Borads consists of international scientists, funding agencies and facility operators.

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IODP Structure (diagram courtesy of R.M.Coggon)

Image credit: Brinkhuis, ECORD ESO