NCAORNational Centre for Polar & Ocean Research, 15 Vasco-da-Gama, Goa-403804, has invited nominations from Scientists/Researchers for forthcoming International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions.

Nominations have been invited from Geoscientists/Researchers working in established National institutions/Organizations and Universities, in the prescribed format along with detailed bio-data and research experience, to participate in the forthcoming International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions; Expedition 387: (Amazon Margin Expedition). Expedition 388: (Equatorial Atlantic Gateway Expedition) and expedition 389 (Hawalian Drowned Reefs)

NCPOR will provide the requisite financial support to the selected candidates towards their participation in the said expedition. However, it will be the responsibility of the candidates to obtain the necessary Visas / permissions from the countries of embarkation and disembarkation on their own. A scientific plan is mandatory for a successful nomination. Further details and format can be obtained at or by email to

Last date by which IODP-India/ NCPOR receives nominations for expeditions are as follows; IODP expedition 389: December 15th, 2018; IODP Expedition 387: 19th February, 2019, IODP Expedition 388: 15th March, 2019.

Equatorial Atlantic Gateway Expedition (388), to be held from 26th June to 26th August 2020, will study the tectonic, climatic, and biotic evolution of the Equatorial Atlantic Gateway (EAG) at three sites on and near the Pernambuco Plateau (North-eastern Brazilian continental shelf).

Hawaiian Drowned Reefs Expedition (389) will be held from September-October 2019 to sample a unique succession of drowned coral reefs around Hawaii now at -134 to -1155 m below sea level.

Exp. 387: Amazon Margin Expedition to be held from 26th April to 26th June 2020 will drill the upper portion of the Foz do Amazonas basin of the equatorial margin of Brazil to recover a complete, high-resolution sedimentary sequence spanning nearly the entire Cenozoic.

The full details of each expedition can be seen at