the goals of developing and testing advanced technologies through an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

Audience Reached

The primary mechanism for distributing both PONs and RFPs was a mailing list developed by DOE and targeted primarily to the technical community. In addition, notices of upcoming projects and deadlines were published in trade journals for independent oil companies. Small oil producers were also reached through trade organizations. In the panel’s judgment, the distribution of PONs and RFPs has been effective in all class projects. This is important because the deadline for submitting a proposal is generally three months after the PON or RFP is released (Table 3.1).

Project Eligibility

The criteria used to determine project eligibility changed from Classes 1-3 to Class 4. Eligibility requirements for the Class 4 program are broader than those for Classes 1, 2 and 3. Class 4 proposals, which still call upon reservoir characterization as a major component, opened up funding to enhanced oil recovery projects. Although this type of project was not expressly excluded from Classes 1, 2, and 3, it was not openly solicited.

No maximum length was imposed on proposals for Classes 1, 2, and 3, but for Class 4, an 80-page maximum (Executive Summary—5 pages; Technical Proposal—75 pages) was applied. This is a definite improvement; in fact, the panel feels that a 25-page proposal length is more appropriate.

The level of financial detail required in proposals has been a frequently cited criticism of the selection process. Proposals for Classes 1, 2, and 3

TABLE 3.1 Proposal solicitation and selection data


Date of PON/RFP

No. Mailed

Deadline for Proposals

Near-term Proposals Received/Awarded

Mid-term Proposals Received/Awarded

Class 1

15 Oct 1991


15 Jan 1992



Class 2

8 Oct 1992


15 Jan 1993



Class 3

28 Feb 1994


8 Jun 1994



Class 4

28 Apr 1995





NOTE: Class 1 and Class 2 solicitations were open 90 days for proposal preparation and Class 3 was open 98 days. One Class 2 proposal was withdrawn after it was submitted. Class 4 was canceled by DOE in August 1995, in response to preliminary actions taken by Congress. NA = not applicable. Source: Department of Energy.

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