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ICDP is driven by unsolicited Proposals

Proposal Submission

Scientists from member countries or countries considering membership have the right to submit unsolicited proposals to the ICDP. Proposals may be assembled by individuals or groups of scientists from single or groups of countries.

Proposals to the ICDP are each year requested through a Call for Proposal published in two or three advertisements from October to December in EOS and on the ICDP’s webpage. The deadline for proposal submission is always January 15 each year.

From Proposal to Project

The development of a proposal submitted to ICDP into an ICDP co-financed scientific drilling project normally follows a procedure that is graphically represented in the Figure below.

Proposal Evaluation Scheme

The individual steps are:
  1. Submission of a Pre-Proposal (Letter Proposal) by the Principal Investigators to the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (OSG)
  2. Review and ranking of the Letter Proposals by the SAG
  3. Discussion and assessment of the evaluation by the EC which either leads to a rejection or a recommendation to go ahead with the development of a Full Proposal
  4. If a Pre-Proposal is encouraged the PIs may request funds from ICDP for an International Workshop to develop a sound Full Proposal
  5. Following a successful Workshop a Full Proposal can be submitted to the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam for a final review by the SAG and a final recommendation by the EC.

At this stage of project development the PIs can request advice and support in all matters related to the scientific and technical realization of the planned project from the OSG.
Full Proposals must include detailed information on the scientific goals of the project, on the expertise of the PIs, the status of commingled funding, design and management of the project, long-term curation etc.
The final decision on an ICDP co-funding is made by the AOG on recommendation of the EC.

Once a Full Proposal is approved the EC gives authority to the OSG to support the PIs in all matters related to the final planning and conduction of the drilling project and to negotiate a Joint Research Venture. Each project is organized in the form of a national, bi-national or multi-national JRV between the ICDP and the Principal Investigators and other interested parties such as Government Agencies, Funding Organizations or Companies. The JRV specifies the scientific goals and the respective funding responsibilities, operational procedures and conditions of technical cooperation and exchange for all partners in a specific project. In addition, it defines the financial contribution of the ICDP and other partners/organizations that contribute to the “commingled funds”.

Main criteria for selecting ICDP Projects

Selection of project proposals for ICDP co-funding is based primarily on scientific merits and the expected impacts on the Earth Sciences but also includes secondary considerations such as permitting, environmental concerns, technical difficulties, safety issues etc. Successful project proposals have to meet the following five main criteria:

  • International Criterion - ICDP projects should be international in scope in order to choose the very best targets, to optimise scientific yields, and to pool technological and financial resources.
  • Global Criterion - The ICDP should select drilling targets, which are ”World Class” and represent problems of global significance, rather than just local problems.
  • Need-for-Drilling Criterion - The ICDP should only choose drilling projects where it can clearly be shown that the necessary information is not otherwise obtainable than by drilling, or which exploit the unique environment of the borehole.
  • Societal-Needs Criterion - The ICDP projects, where appropriate, should strive to collaborate with industry, and not only be concerned with purely academic issues. Where possible it should give preference to projects, which have some relevance to societal needs, such as energy and mineral resources and geological hazards, etc. 
  • Depth-and-Cost Criterion - The ICDP projects should try to be cost effective by minimizing the depth, difficulty, and hence cost, of the drilling targets selected, by judicious choice of the best possible locations worldwide for the classes of phenomena being investigated.
  • Active-Processes Criterion - The ICDP should put special emphasis on the study of active rather than ancient systems. Drilling projects should focus on projects where drilling provides crucial information, not otherwise obtainable, including rock and fluid composition, temperature, pore fluid chemistry, state of stress, etc.

Proposals submitted to ICDP

From 1996 to 2013 the ICDP has received a total of 270 proposals. These include Letter and Full Proposals; Workshop Proposals and Proposals related to the development of tools and instruments for the ICDP Equipment Pool. A total of 248 proposals referred to drilling projects.