The E&P Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Programme provides financial support for independent researchers to study important global issues related to marine sound. Support is usually given in the form of contracts, not grants. Contracts ensure that projects supported will focus on an agreed topic and that the results will be made available to the scientific and regulatory communities and
the public on an agreed schedule.

New Request for Proposals (RFP) announcements for specific projects or project areas will be published on this website (and on other list servers such as MarMam and Bioacoustics L) based upon Research Topics of Interest as identified by the JIP. Research that addresses global issues in marine sound will be favoured over research that addresses local or regional issues.

The JIP is no longer funding unsolicited proposals for studies.

Our policies require recipients to submit their reports publically, and to seek publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, to ensure maximum programme transparency and utility to the scientific and regulatory communities.

Policies for Research

Proposals must incorporate the following policies into their submittals.

Those organisations submitting Proposals should refer to the outline contract. This sets out the terms & conditions under which any contract will be carried out under the management of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP). In particular, attention is drawn to the specific term relating to management of health, safety, environment, and security aspects of a contract. All IOGP contracts have such a section, but the specific wording that will appear in this section depends on the type of activity (desk-top study, field work, etc) to be conducted.

Special Note on budgets

The JIP does not announce budget targets or pre-establish the number of proposals that will be funded under a given RFP. The JIP assumes that applicants will propose a budget that is just adequate to the scope of the problem as they see it, with no excess. The JIP then selects quality projects whose scope matches the JIPs programme needs and that is affordable given all other programme expenditures. Projects with large budgets usually have a lower chance of success.

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