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Call for ICDP Proposals
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The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP)

Call for Proposals

The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program, ICDP coordinates and supports multinational endeavours in continental scientific drilling. The program focuses on challenging themes of global geoscientific and socio-economic relevance, including, but not limited to, active faulting and earthquake processes, heat and mass transport, global cycles and environmental change, and the hidden biosphere.

With this announcement, the ICDP invites Earth scientists to submit project proposals for themes requiring drilling to achieve critical research goals. Participation is open to investigators from ICDP member countries (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America) as well as from countries considering joining ICDP. ICDP will provide operational support and allocate co-funding for drilling-related costs but research grants for the project should be sought from other funding agencies. This concept of commingled funding and international cost sharing in addition to exchange of technological capabilities and know-how has proved very successful to date.


The submission of proposals to the ICDP is normally handled in a 2-step procedure. The first step is the submission of a pre-proposal including a request to hold an ICDP-funded workshop. The proposal should outline the main objectives, the scientific importance of the planned project, details of the proposed drill site, the expertise of the group of proponents and envisaged international collaboration. The workshop serves as the nucleus for assembling a competitive international research team for developing a full drilling proposal. Principal Investigators should note that they are responsible for any pre-site surveys needed to facilitate the choice of an appropriate drill site and that such surveys should already be planned or even completed by the time the workshop proposal is submitted. Following a successful pre-proposal and workshop a full proposal can be submitted in a second step.


All proposals are evaluated by the Science Advisory Group (SAG), which in turn makes recommendations to the Executive Committee (EC) based on scientific priority. The EC then reviews technical and financial issues that may constrain the feasibility of projects to be included in annual and long-range plans for the ICDP. The EC informs the Principal Investigator(s) of the outcome of the evaluation and if the further development of the proposal is either encouraged or discouraged.

The deadline for proposal submission to the ICDP is January 15, 2013. Please submit a digital copy via email of the preliminary or full proposal to :
Uli Harms, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, D-14473 Potsdam, Germany, phone +49-33l-288-1085, fax : +49-331-288-1088, E-mail :

Detailed information on the scope of the ICDP, the submission of proposals, proposal format, and the process for development of a successful proposal is available on the ICDP home page at :