Plans for continental scientific drilling, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the DOSECC consortium of universities have been given a new direction as a result of the failure of the NSF budget to reach expected levels. Very deep drilling will not be initiated for some time because of its high cost, but an active program of drilling to depths of 1–5 km is being developed in its place. For the next several years, DOSECC (Deep Observation and Sampling o f the Earth's Continental Crust, Inc.) will focus on proposals for drilling experiments to improve our understanding of dynamic processes in the shallow crust. As a result of this change in emphasis, there is now an opportunity to propose experiments of this kind and to have them accepted for drilling over the course of the next few years.