The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) invites members of the U.S. IODP community to submit proposals for novel projects and activities that will enhance and advance the goals of scientific ocean drilling. With this request for proposals, USSSP aims to foster innovative, out-of-the box projects that may address elements of the current IODP Science Plan or focus on the future of scientific ocean drilling (2050 Science Framework). Novel Projects proposals may explore a range of topics, including (but not limited to): Legacy Data and Cores, Outreach and Communication, and Career Development. This Novel Projects RFP is intended to stimulate new ideas, foster opportunities for unique projects and collaborations, and encourage community engagement related to scientific ocean drilling. Proposal deadline: October 15, 2021.