ReCoRD Implementation Proposals

Implementation Proposal Requirements

The ReCoRD will be implemented within the scope of the IODP Sample, Data and Obligations Policy. Proposals for implementation must meet the following requirements:

  1. The proposal must be a scientific proposal for the purpose of academic research,
  2. The proposal should allow for preliminary data acquisition in approximately six months and intensive sampling in one-to-two weeks (see "Typical Workload (Reference)" below). The target core shall be selected with a maximum core length of 1500 m (ca. 1000 sections),
  3. The research should be carried out in collaboration not only with the proponent but also with other IODP sample requestors (potential participants) who have submitted their IODP sample requests within a certain period of time,
  4. The target cores must be those stored at KCC

If you wish to use not only DSDP/ODP/IODP drilling cores but also other cores stored at KCC, please contact us at the following address.

Call for Implementation Proposals

Eligibility for Application

The lead proponent must either: (a) be a member of a J-DESC regular member organization, or (b) an individual J-DESC member.

Application Period and Deadline

The application period is year-round, but two deadlines will be set each year (around May 1 and November 1 each year) for proposal review.

Next deadline: 1 May 2024  

 How to apply

Please read the Application and Evaluation Guidelines carefully (download link below) and prepare a ReCoRD Implementation Proposal using the prescribed Proposal Form, and submit it electronically in PDF format via e-mail.

Submit to: J-DESC Support Office (info(at)

Application Materials

ReCoRD Implementation Proposal FormWord
Application and Evaluation GuidelinesPDF

Role of the Lead Proponent and Points to Note

If the proposal is adopted, the lead proponent is requested to cooperate as follows:

  • After the decision to adopt a proposal is made, the lead proponent will be asked to submit a "ReCoRD Data Sample Request" outlining the overall work, including preliminary data acquisition, in coordination with KCC staff.
  • If there is a duplication of IODP sample requests among researchers who wish to participate, we may ask the lead proponent to make adjustments.

We will hold online meetings with potential participants, as needed, before the intensive sampling, and ask the lead proponent to take a leading role in reviewing the preliminary data and coordinating the sampling plan.

Please also note the following points:

  • In addition to the ReCoRD Data Sample Request that will be submitted after the proposal is adopted, separate IODP Sample Requests will be submitted by individual participants for use in their own research.
  • The lead proponent does not have the same privileges as the co-chief scientist on a drilling expedition (e.g., appointment of participants, approval authority for IODP sample requests, etc.).

Work Flow after Proposal Adoption

  1. The lead proponent of the accepted proposal (see below for roles) and KCC staff will discuss the overall work, including preliminary data acquisition, and the lead proponent will submit a ReCoRD Data Sample Request accordingly,
  2. The adopted proposal will be posted on this website and individual IODP Sample Requests for the target cores will be solicited,
  3. Once IODP Sample Request requesters (for researchers who wish to participate) have been assembled, the IODP curator and the lead proponent will take the lead in coordinating any duplicate requests,
  4. The lead proponent, prospective participants, and KCC staff will rearrange the overall workflow, including preliminary data acquisition,
  5. Discuss with the lead proponent, potential participants, and KCC staff whether or not a sampling party is necessary, and decide on the schedule and work content,
  6. Complete the data/sample acquisition in approximately six months,
  7. Submit a report to KCC at the end of the year when the data/samples have been obtained.

Standard Workload (reference)

The implementation proposal is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete from preliminary data acquisition to sampling. As a maximum volume, please select cores to be targeted (not to exceed 1000 sections). Specific work plans will be discussed after the proposal is adopted. AH: archive halves, WH: working halves

  • CT scan: 1000 AH
  • Imaging scans: 1000 AH and 1000 WH each
  • Digitalization of smear slides: about 1000 slides
  • Sampling: 1000 Working Halves

Pilot study (for data needed to create a sampling plan, such as age, concentration of certain element, etc.): Amount of data that can be produced before the sampling party is implemented.