C-DEBI Newsletter – August 15, 2014
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Announcements As recently announced in newsletters and on the NSF website, we would like to make sure you are aware of some recent changes to the funding structure within NSF related to scientific ocean drilling research, and how this might impact deep-biosphere specific research funding. If there are questions about this message, please feel free to contact any of the current members of the US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC)

Moving forward, the NSF Ocean Drilling Program (PD 14-5720) will now only provide support for small projects to be conducted during the expedition moratorium period to increase the scientific value of, and facilitate further research on, the expedition core, data, and associated samples. The expedition moratorium period begins with the Expedition's Sample Allocation Committee approval of the sampling plan and generally ends one-year following the post-expedition sampling party (See for specific moratorium dates for each expedition). Examples of appropriate post-expedition small projects include: XRF, CT, or other scans of entire or selected critical sections of core; stratigraphic refinements for identified critical intervals; refinement of shipboard measurements/analyses/descriptions as deemed necessary by the shipboard scientific party. These Ocean Drilling Program (PD 14-5720) post-expedition proposals should be submitted during the initial portion of the expedition moratorium period with the expectation that the work can be completed during the moratorium period.

Limited support also will be provided through Ocean Drilling Program PD 14-5720 for critical, expedition-specific shipboard or downhole instrumentation (not meant for large instrumentation projects like CORKS) and for data synthesis/reprocessing critical for expedition implementation. Proposals of this type may be submitted at any time prior to the expedition.  

Investigators are encouraged to contact the NSF program officers in this program prior to submission of a proposal to the Ocean Drilling Program (PD 14-5720) to discuss the appropriateness of the proposal for this particular program. It is expected that results generated from Ocean Drilling Program (PD 14-5720) awards will be made available to other shipboard participants upon completion and, once the moratorium is over, to the broader scientific community as required by the NSF-OCE Data and Sample Policy.

Most other larger pre-expedition (e.g., site characterization/site surveys) and post-expedition studies (both pre- and post-expedition moratorium) should now be submitted directly to other OCE programs (e.g., Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Geology & Geophysics) and not to the ODP program. Please contact the NSF ODP program officers if you have questions about which program is best suited for your pre- and post-expedition science.

Meetings, Workshops and Activities

Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Life Workshop to Develop an ICDP Drilling Project, Novermber 3-4, Potsdam, Germany  
Participants should submit a one-page abstract to workshop organizers Tom Kieft ( and Tullis Onstott ( by September 1, 2014. On-line participation will be available for those who can’t be present in Potsdam. Funding is available to support travel expenses for a limited number of participants.  

EGU General Assembly 2015: Call for Sessions
The call for sessions for the next EGU general Assembly (Vienna, Apr 2015) has just been launched. As a Science Officer for the "BG7. Geomicrobiology and Extreme Environments", Helge Niemann would like to ask you to suggest a session (perhaps about the deep biosphere?). Just go to to make suggestions.

Ocean Leadership: Ocean 180 Video Challenge
Submissions for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014.

Ocean Leadership: Share Your Ocean Story with the BBC
Ocean Leadership has built a website to help BBC solicit ideas/content/contacts for their upcoming seven-part series follow-up to Blue Planet entitled Ocean: New Frontiers.

Proposal Calls

NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship year. Pending the availability of funds in 2015, it is anticipated that the stipend will increase to $34,000, as indicated in NSF's FY2015 Budget Request to Congress. Deadlines: Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research - October 29, 2014; Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy - October 30, 2014; Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education and LearningNovember 03, 2014Life Sciences, GeosciencesNovember 04, 2014.

Sloan Foundation: Call for Research Fellowship Nominations
The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships is September 15, 2014.

IODP: Apply to Sail for Expeditions 359, 360 and 361
The deadline to apply is 1 October 2014.

National Academies Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes November 1.

IODP-USSSP: Proposals for Pre-Drilling Activities and Workshops
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) accepts proposals on a rolling basis for pre-drilling activities and semi-annually for workshops, next submission deadline November 15, 2014, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).



Georgia Tech, Biology Department: Postdoc in Marine Microbial Genomics
This position is available immediately, although there is flexibility in the start date.

Texas A&M, IODP: Assistant Research Scientist
We will begin reviewing applications on 30 September 2014, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.

University of Oldenburg Institute for Chemistry of the Marine Environment: PhD Graduate Student
Review of applications will begin August 1st, 2014; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Expected appointment is fall 2014. Questions may be directed to Dr. Bert Engelen at

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Associate Director for Microbiology
See the flyer for more details.

University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences: Assistant Professor in Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation  
Review of applications will begin September 8, 2014; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Expected appointment is Fall 2015.

LUBEM, University of Brest (UBO), France: 12-month Postdoctoral Position
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining previous experience and support letters from 2 colleagues with first-hand knowledge of their work experience as soon as possible by e-mail to Gaëtan Burgaud ( See the flyer for more information.

Texas A&M, College of Geosciences: 4 Faculty Positions
The search committee will commence review of applications starting 1 May and will continue until the positions are filled.

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! You are what makes our deep biosphere community!
Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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