If you are preparing a proposal that includes any kind of support from the IDPO-IDDO, you must contact IDPO ( IceDrill@Dartmouth.edu ) at least six weeks before you submit your proposal to obtain a Letter of Support and a Scope of Work/Cost Estimate, both of which must be included in your proposal.
To request ice drilling support, follow these simple steps:
- Complete the FIELD PROJECT SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS (.docx) form and email it to IceDrill@Dartmouth.edu at least six weeks in advance of when your proposal is due. Your email will be received by the IDPO-IDDO and personnel from IDDO will contact you to discuss your needs and provide a Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate for your project.
- Include the Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate in your proposal. If you are submitting a proposal to NSF, the Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate needs to be included as Supplemental Information in the proposal.
- If you are submitting a non-NSF proposal, familiarize yourself with the Policy for Ice Drilling for Organizations other than NSF.
Please note that following the completion of your field season, the IDPO will contact you and provide you with a survey form (End of Season Project Support Evaluation Form) regarding IDDO's support of your field season. Your feedback assists IDDO in providing the best possible support for field projects.
In addition, please credit IDPO-IDDO support in any publications or articles that result from your IDPO-IDDO supported fieldwork with the following statement "We thank the Ice Drilling Program Office and the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group for coring activities (NSF-1327315)."
The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) was established by the National Science Foundation to lead integrated planning for ice coring and drilling. The IDPO and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) update this Long Range Science Plan annually in consultation with the broader research community. The purpose of this plan is to articulate goals and make recommendations for the direction for U.S. ice coring and drilling science, and for the development of drilling technology, infrastructure and logistical support needed to enable the science.
The Long Range Science Plan is revisited and revised as appropriate each spring.
Download Long Range Science Plan (; download will occur in a separate window)
The IDPO Long Range Science Plan lays out recommended directions for U.S. ice coring and drilling science. This companion Long Range Drilling Technology Plan begins with a discussion of the drills and technologies needed to successfully implement the Science Plan. It then discusses field projects that would use the drills. Finally the Technology Plan addresses briefly the funding allocated for its implementation.
This plan will be revisited and revised as appropriate each spring.
Download Long Range Drilling Technology Plan (; download will occur in a separate window)
IDDO maintains and operates existing drill equipment, and develops new systems with two principal foci:
Visit the Equipment section of the website to learn more about the existing equipment that is available to the scientific community.
You can also download operator manuals for several of the drills in the IDDO inventory.
The mission of IDPO’s Education Program is to enable effective educational outreach to teachers, students and the public on behalf of, and in collaboration with, the ice drilling and coring community.
To learn about how IDPO can help you with your outreach needs, visit Outreach Support for Scientists.
For a list of IDPO sponsored meetings, visit the Meetings section of the web site.
Visit the Expeditions page to learn about current (and forthcoming) projects that utilize IDDO services.
If you have feedback and suggestions for us, contact the IDPO-IDDO team using the online contact form.