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The JOIDES Resolution (The JR) scientific research vessel began operations in 1978 as the Sedco/BP 471, originally an oil exploration vessel. In January 1985, after being converted for scientific research, the vessel began working for the Ocean Drilling Program. It is run by the U.S. Implementing Organization (U.S.I.O.), which consists of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Texas A & M University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Funding for its operations comes from the National Science Foundation. Read more about these organizations at the links below and in the menu above.