Submitting Proposals

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Next Proposal Submission Deadline : 1 April 2015, 23:59 GMT

  • The Call for Scientific Ocean Drilling Proposals for the April 1, 2015 submission deadline will be posted in February 2015.
  • Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the Implementing Organizations to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals.
  • Chikyu Drilling Equipment and Ship Maintenance: In view of the coming dry dock and overhaul of the blowout preventer, riser drilling will be restricted in 2014 and unlikely in 2015. Riser drilling is scheduled to resume in 2016 and 2017 at site C0002 of NanTroSEIZE. Proponents proposing to use Chikyu should be aware that their operations may be delayed by these issues.  

The Proposal Database System (PDB) is the web-based interface for completing and submitting IODP proposals. For details, please see the submission guidelines. IODP is transitioning to a new version of PDB; for the current proposal deadline, both the old and the new versions are available.  The old version has a user manual; the new version provides guidance through help buttons, and does not have a stand-alone user manual.


Next Data Submission deadline: 1 November 2014, 23:59 GMT

The Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) is the system through which data supporting the IODP proposals, such as seismic profiles, are submitted.  After submitting a proposal, you will be contacted when your proposal and sites have been loaded into SSDB.  You will then have until the deadline to complete your data submissions.  Because of an accelerated panel review schedule, proposals with any data files uploaded after the deadline will be reviewed only at the discretion of the SSO.


 To submit proposals:

Please follow these guidelines for submitting drilling proposals.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting data to the SSDB.

Proponents with questions about submitting proposals can contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for assistance.