ANZIC continues as an entity under ARC/LIEF funding until 2020 and hopefully beyond.

ANZIC IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) NOW OPEN
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 (or $30,000 if leveraged) 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.

Current Call:
In 2020, ANZIC will provide a pool of up to AUD$200K worth of funding (and a separate pool of NZD$50K for New Zealand applicants), to be distributed to appropriate projects that can be completed by 15th November 2021. Applications should be proposed that seek analytical fund support of up to $20K, whether these are for sample or data projects. Proposals focussed specifically on data and data product projects that can demonstrate additional leverage towards a project, can apply for up to $30K. In 2020, the AILAF program is being expanded to also include a call for projects that are specifically designed to utilise the wealth of data and data products that have been generated through 50+ years of ocean drilling. Projects with a clear scientific focus, but that require support to make use of these datasets and translate the data into knowledge, are being sought. We expect this will open the call to sections of the scientific community
(i.e. data analysts/mathematicians/visual data scientists/ molecular/ genetic analysts) who may not traditionally work in or with the geosciences and therefore not normally apply for ANZIC support. Expected outputs are high-quality publications and/or products, adhering to the FAIR data principles (https://

For example, funding related to data analysis may be requested for:
● access to specialist data science or machine learning expertise that utilises IODP
● access to a research assistant/technicians time1 to digitise, collate and/or format ocean drilling data as a necessary first-step before wider scientific questions can be addressed.
● software licenses critical to the success of the project, such as imaging and data processing software (critical nature to be clearly justified).
● supercomputing time 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 has data available through various portals. Some examples include:
● 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:

Read more HERE: AILAF_Data-Criteria-Grant_20-2.pdf

Application Timeline and Assessment:
Call opens: 3rd July 2020.
Call closes: 24th July 2020. 5pm AEST

Application form:

Short progress reports (1 page) are required 6 months and one year after either post-cruise or legacy funding commences.  A final report (3 pages) that summarises research findings, and includes a publication list (published, in press, submitted or planned), is required within 2 years after funding commences. Pro-formas for these reports are available from

The application will be reviewed by the Program Scientist and several other Australian members of the ANZIC Science Committee, and applicants will be informed of the results promptly. Funds can be provided quickly once a suitable agreement is signed by both parties. Please send your application to

New Zealand-based researchers should contact for information about applying for such funding.

ANZIC IODP Legacy Analytical Funding (AILAF) Forms

AILAF  Progress Report Form.pdf

AILAF Final Report Form.pdf

AILAF Acquittal Form.pdf

AILAF Executed Agreement Form.pdf

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