The UK became a member of the ICDP in 2012, this enables us (UK geoscientists) to apply for funding for deep scientific drilling projects, as well as having representatives on the three committees that oversee ICDP funding allocations. Melanie Leng sits on the Executive Committee and here explains her first experience of the panel which met in Sendai, Japan, last week.
|Mel in Japan|
The EC discussed all the proposals, along with the recommendations from the SAG. The proposals that were deemed excellent and suitable for funding were then prioritised bearing in mind the funding available and their potential outputs and impact. The decisions made by the EC then went to the Assembly of Governors (AoG) who met directly after the EC. The final decisions will be made available from ICDP over the next few months.
A few more details:
These were vetted for a number of key criteria. For example the balance of scientists from member countries and the number of “local scientists” (from the region where the drilling was proposed) especially in developing nations. It is preferable to leave “invitee” spaces in the workshop proposals for other scientists to apply to join the research proposal (once approved and advertised on the ICDP web page) or to fill obvious science area gaps within the proposed research (that might be suggested by one of the committees for example). Workshops were also vetted for the amount of time for discussions, versus presentations and fieldtrips. Value for money was also a criteria, including efforts to obtain co-funding, or funding in kind.
Full science proposals
Proposals were carefully vetted by the SAG and EC. It is clear that resubmitted proposals have the greatest chance for funding since the proponents have had the opportunity to address any apparent weaknesses. Also those proposals from proponents that have had detailed discussions with the ICDP Operations Support Group (OSG) fared better. Many proposals had been submitted several times, seldom is there outright rejection (although even rejection does not preclude resubmission). Multiple applications prior to funding appears to be the norm.
Post committee field trip
|The ICDP Executive Committee and Assembly of Governors members at Matsukawa Geothermal Power Plant. Special thanks to our Japanese hosts headed by the Japanese EC member Shin’ichi Kuramoto from CDEX/JAMSTEC.|
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