The U.S. Science Support Program sponsors Pre-Drilling Activities to provide funds in quick response to an opportunity to acquire data or information that will enhance a drilling expedition. Priority is given to projects that support expeditions already on the ship’s schedule. The definition of this task is deliberately flexible to allow consideration of exceptional or unusual requests for drill site data enhancement. Some categories of Pre-Drilling Activities are:
- Use of ships of opportunity to collect site-specific data that will significantly enhance the scientific yield of a planned IODP expedition;
- U.S.-based scientist participation in non-U.S. shipboard programs that are in direct support of IODP drilling objectives;
- Mini-workshops or focused planning groups that bring together scientists to integrate site-specific or regional data into a mature drilling proposal;
- Non-routine downhole measurements or innovative experiments that increase the overall scientific return from an IODP expedition;
- Assembling data sets or reprocessing existing data sets (e.g., from site surveys) for sites in regions of interest to IODP.
Information for U.S.-affiliated researchers about how to submit a pre-drilling proposal, including proposal and reporting requirements. Learn More
Pre-drilling awards have supported expedition-related activities such as collecting site survey data, testing new technology, and participating in workshops and meetings. Learn More