In the past 10 weeks there has been a flurry of activity among the various partner organizations and other entities that will be involved in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program

On 22 April, the US. National Science Foundation—representing the United States—and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology (MEXT)—representing Japan—signed a memorandum of understanding at the headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington,Virginia, to formalize their commitments to the project. The NSF and MEXT are the two lead agencies for the 10-year IODP