For Scientists

Resources and information for scientists

Requesting Field Support

If you are preparing a proposal that includes any kind of support from the IDPO-IDDO, you must contact IDPO ( ) at least six weeks before you submit your proposal to obtain a Letter of Support and a Scope of Work/Cost Estimate, both of which must be included in your proposal.

To request ice drilling support, follow these simple steps:

  1. Complete the FIELD PROJECT SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS (.docx) form and email it to at least six weeks in advance of when your proposal is due. Your email will be received by the IDPO-IDDO and personnel from IDDO will contact you to discuss your needs and provide a Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate for your project.
  2. Include the Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate in your proposal. If you are submitting a proposal to NSF, the Letter of Support and Scope of Work/Cost Estimate needs to be included as Supplemental Information in the proposal.
  3. If you are submitting a non-NSF proposal, familiarize yourself with the Policy for Ice Drilling for Organizations other than NSF.

Please note that following the completion of your field season, the IDPO will contact you and provide you with a survey form (End of Season Project Support Evaluation Form) regarding IDDO's support of your field season. Your feedback assists IDDO in providing the best possible support for field projects.

In addition, please acknowledge IDPO-IDDO support in any publications or articles that result from your IDPO-IDDO supported fieldwork with the following statement "We thank the Ice Drilling Program Office and the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group for coring activities (NSF-1327315)."


DRAFT 2016 Long Range Science Plan — Request for Community Input

Photo of cover of DRAFT Long Range Science Plan Dear Ice Drilling and Ice Coring Colleagues,

Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, including the IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi‐annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO‐IDDO and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, please make sure that the high‐level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the Long Range Science Plan! Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to ASAP or not later than May 31, 2016.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2016



Long Range Drilling Technology Plan

Cover photo of Long Range Drilling Technology Plan The IDPO Long Range Science Plan lays out recommended directions for U.S. ice coring and drilling science. This companion Long Range Drilling Technology Plan begins with a discussion of the drills and technologies needed to successfully implement the Science Plan. It then discusses field projects that would use the drills. Finally the Technology Plan addresses briefly the funding allocated for its implementation.

This plan will be revisited and revised as appropriate each spring.

Download Long Range Drilling Technology Plan (PDF icon; download will occur in a separate window)


IDDO maintains and operates existing drill equipment, and develops new systems with two principal foci:

1. to provide high quality ice cores, and
2. to produce boreholes that provide access to the interior and beds of ice sheets and glaciers for such purposes as embedding instruments, collecting gas samples, setting seismic charges, and studying subglacial processes.

Visit the Equipment section of the website to learn more about the existing equipment that is available to the scientific community.

You can also download operator manuals for several of the drills in the IDDO inventory.


Outreach Support

The mission of IDPO’s Education Program is to enable effective educational outreach to teachers, students and the public on behalf of, and in collaboration with, the ice drilling and coring community.

To learn about how IDPO can help you with your outreach needs, visit Outreach Support for Scientists.



For a list of IDPO sponsored meetings, visit the Meetings section of the web site.


Projects Utilizing IDDO Services

Visit the Expeditions page to learn about current (and forthcoming) projects that utilize IDDO services.


Contact Us

If you have feedback and suggestions for us, contact the IDPO-IDDO team using the online contact form.