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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, earthquake processes, heat and mass transport, global cycles, environmental change, and the hidden biosphere.
With this announcement, the ICDP invites Earth scientists to submit project proposals in which drilling is required to achieve critical research goals. This call 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 membership in the ICDP. Please note that ICDP provides operational support and allocates co-funding for drilling-related costs only; research grants for the project should be sought from other funding agencies. This concept of commingled funding and international cost sharing, in addition to an exchange of technological capabilities and know-how, has proven very successful over the years. In all, 15 million US dollars will be made available by ICDP over the next five-year period.
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 in which a request to hold an ICDP-funded workshop is submitted. 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 to bring together a competitive international research team which can develop a full drilling proposal. Principal Investigators should note that they are responsible for planning and running pre-site surveys needed to facilitate the choice of an appropriate drill site. 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) of the ICDP, which makes recommendations to the Executive Committee (EC) based on scientific quality and priority. The EC then reviews technical and financial issues in order to ensure that projects are feasible within the constraints of ICDP's annual and long-range plans. The EC informs the Principal Investigator(s) of the outcome of the evaluation, and states whether further development of the proposal is to be encouraged or not.
The deadline for proposal submission to the ICDP is January 15, 2014. 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 +49-331-288-1085, fax: +49-331-288-1088, E-mail: email@example.com
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