ANZIC IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF)
Members of the Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to support studies of legacy scientific ocean drilling (DSDP, ODP, IODP) material and/or data, through the ANZIC IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) program.

This successful program has supported many legacy grant projects centred on the analysis of previously collected DSDP/ODP/IODP samples and has facilitated the rapid production of high-quality publications, conference presentations and/or outreach activities.

ANZIC calls for Australian ANZIC members who wish to apply for Australian IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) in 2021-2022. Grants up to $20,000 will be available to researchers from ANZIC’s Australian Member institutions to support study of previously collected DSDP/ODP/IODP samples and/or data and the rapid delivery of research outputs including high-quality publications, conference presentations, and data products.

The AILAF program is being broadened in the 2021-2022 round to include funding of projects designed to exploit the wealth of data and data products generated through 50+ years of ocean 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://

Requests may include funding for:
● access to or application of specialist data science or machine learning expertise to ocean drilling datasets
● research assistant/technician support to digitise, collate and/or format ocean drilling data as key step toward addressing wider or critical scientific questions.
● software licenses critical to project success, such as imaging or data processing software (critical nature to be clearly justified).
● access to supercomputing on national facilities or through web-based services (e.g. climate or geodynamic models that are used to ground-truth ocean drilling data, biological models, genetic and/or other data processing).
● open-source software, model and/or program development that leads to better access to ocean drilling data for researchers (e.g., R-script/package development to automate certain analyses).
● training courses that help researchers understand how to better access and interrogate ocean drilling data.

IODP data is available through a range of portals including:
● IODP website:
● Site survey data bank:
● Scientific Earth Drilling Information Service (SEDIS):
● JR data:
● Expedition data on Zenodo:
● IODP-BCR Data Portal:
● Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network:
● Neptune Sandbox Berlin:
● Open Core Data – discovery tool for basic core data:
● Magnetics Information Consortium (paleomagnetics and rock magnetics:
● EarthChem Portal – geochemistry data:
● ISGN – a sample registry including core samples:

How to apply for AILAF:
Please note the following AILAF grant milestones and reporting requirements 2021-22 AILAF grants must be completed by 31st December 2022. CIs are required to submit a short progress report (1 page) 6 months after executing an AILAF grant agreement, and to submit a final report (3 pages) by January 2023 that summarises research findings, and includes a publication list (published, in press, submitted or planned) and a financial acquittal. Pro-formas for these reports are available from or on the ANZIC website.

All submitted applications for AILAF funding will be reviewed by the Program Director and several other Australian members of the ANZIC Science Committee.  Applicants will need to be registered through the Smarty Grants program for consideration.

This 2021 round of AILAF is only open to Australian ANZIC members.

Access Data and Samples
IODP Sample, Data, and obligations Policy and Implementation, available from

Defence Export Controls apply to the export of items and information that have a definite or potential military use. This includes items and information used in research. Common academic activities, such as sending samples or information to an overseas collaborator, may require an export permit. Information and training on Defence Export Controls is available at

AILAF 2021 Round opens: 10th September 2021 at 9:00am (AEST)

Applications close on: 4th October 2021 at 8:00am (AEST)

AILAF Terms & Conditions

*Terms and conditions are outlined in the AILAF agreement*

SAMPLE AILAF Agreement Form.pdf

*The above sample agreement contains a list of standard terms and conditions frequently included in our project support grant agreements. This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change when finalising agreements with institutions. This sample is provided for informational purposes only.

ANZIC IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) Forms