What secrets are hidden in the many kilometres of core collected from the sub-sea floor? ANZIC provides grants of up to $25,000 to researchers from member institutions for the study of previously collected ocean and land core samples and data and the rapid delivery of research outputs. Opportunities extend to fields beyond traditional geosciences, including data science, mathematics, molecular and genetic analysis, and much more.

Guidelines AILAF 2023 Scheme

Reference: AILAF 2023 Scheme

Close date & time: 1 June 2023 @ 5pm (AEST)

Published date: 14 April 2023

Selection Process: Open Competitive


ANZIC calls for Australian and New Zealand members who wish to apply for IODP/ICDP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) in 2023-2024. Grants up to A$20,000 and NZ$25,000 will be available to researchers from ANZIC’s Australian/New Zealand Member institutions to support study of previously collected DSDP/ODP/IODP/ICDP samples and/or data.

The AILAF program also includes funding of projects designed to exploit the wealth of data and data products generated through 50+ years of ocean and continental drilling by data analysts/mathematicians/visual data scientists/molecular and genetic analysts who may not traditionally work in or with the geosciences. These projects will need to provide a clear scientific aim that uses or translates existing datasets into new knowledge, publications and/or new products that adhere to FAIR data principles (https:// www.ands.org.au/working-with-data/fairdata). It would be an advantage of the land-to-sea concept (see 2050 Science Framework), aids the development of  IODP or ICDP proposals in the Australian, New Zealand and Southern Ocean regions, or are collaborative projects between Australia and New Zealand.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Your institution is an ANZIC Australia/New Zealand Member.
  2. Chief Investigator has no overdue acquittals or reports relating to the AILAF funding scheme.
  3. The project is focused on at least 60% Scientific Ocean Drilling or ICDP samples or data. This means that up-to 40% of the projects can be on integrating other samples or data from other programs.

Objectives of the AILAF Scheme:

  1. Support individuals and teams from ANZIC member institutions to conduct high-quality research on the scientific drilling program’s archive materials, data and data products;
  2. increase the scientific drilling program’s visibility and return on investment;
  3. support collaboration with ANZIC members, and the broader international networks;
  4. enhance the scale, support, quality and discipline diversity of research undertaken by the ANZIC  community

You can request:

  • analytical services
  • consumables for analytical work
  • educational materials and supplies
  • sample postage freight (note samples are normally sent free of charge to your institution from the core repositories, it is your responsibility to return them if not used or if material remains)
  • access to specialist data services
  • essential software licenses for the term of the project
  • supercomputing time on national or web-based services
  • open-software, model, and program development services
  • delivery of a specific training course
  • outreach promotion: advertising, printing and mailing costs

You cannot request:

  • to employ someone to personally execute the project on your behalf
  • your own salary
  • travel
  • conference attendances/registrations
  • computers and other equipment
  • bench fees

Note: ANZIC funds cannot be used to employ staff directly for a project (academic or technical). It can be used to pay for the time of an existing staff member who will provide an analytical service. ANZIC is not responsible for on-costs/leave/other entitlements or any other unforeseen employment conditions or levies associated with the time linked to undertaking an analytical service.

Other instructions:

To be eligible for funding under ANZIC, an applicant and their institution will be provided with a grant agreement outlining the terms with the administrating organisation.

Timeline AILAF 2023 Scheme:

AILAF grant milestones and reporting requirements 2023-2024 AILAF grants must be completed by December 1 2024.

IODP data:

IODP data is available through a range of portals including:

● IODP website: http://www.iodp.org/resources/access-data-and-samples
● Site survey data bank: http://ssdb.iodp.org/
● Scientific Earth Drilling Information Service (SEDIS): http://sedis.iodp.org/
● JR data: http://web.iodp.tamu.edu/OVERVIEW/
● Expedition data on Zenodo: https://zenodo.org/communities/iodp/?page=1&size=20
● IODP-BCR Data Portal: http://iodp.pangaea.de/
● Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network: https://www.odsn.org/odsn/index.html
● iCORDS: https://www.icordsgeo.org/
● Neptune Sandbox Berlin: http://www.nsb-mfn-berlin.de/
● Open Core Data – discovery tool for basic core data: http://opencoredata.org/
● Magnetics Information Consortium (paleomagnetics and rock magnetics:
● EarthChem Portal – geochemistry data: http://www.earthchem.org/portal
● ISGN – a sample registry including core samples: https://www.igsn.org/


ICDP data:

How to apply for AILAF:

All submitted applications for AILAF funding will be reviewed the ANZIC Science Committee.  Applicants will need to be registered through the Smarty Grants program for consideration.

Instructions for application submission:

Electronic lodgement via SmartyGrants.

AILAF Forms: to attached to the SmartyGrant progress/final reports: