Active RFPs


Proposals for this part-time contract staff position are due by extended date 15 January 2019.  See the RFP for details. 


SMRI periodically issues REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS, or RFPs, asking for research proposals on specific subjects. Research proposals and SMRI contracts are not limited to SMRI members, so non-members are welcome to submit proposals.   

Any questions relating to RFPs should be directed to the SMRI Acting 
Research Coordinator,  Dr. Peter Jordan,  via email  [email protected]   

15 August 2017: RFP2017-2  Update SMRI’s Correlation of Chemical, Mineralogic, and Physical Characteristics of Salt to Deformation and Strength Properties”, click here to download the 4 page pdf file. The SMRI Research Committee believes the SMRI RR1994-04 Pfeifle should be updated with current information available, so this research standard will be more useful in cavern  and mine designs, and regulatory filings.  **CLOSED THIS RFP** October 2018 


20 July 2017: RFP2017-1  “Collection, Storage, and Distribution of Standard Rock Salt Specimens”, click here to download the 3 page pdf file.  The SMRI Research Committee asserts a need for SMRI to maintain an inventory of a standard rock-salt for its research projects. Ideally, the standard rock-salt would continue to be the Avery Island domal salt because of its prominence in past research and material-properties characterization. Other domal salts would be considered, if the rationale were favorable for changing the source of the standard rock salt.  (CLOSED THIS RFP, project completed)


The following ongoing SMRI research programs for which we are still accepting proposals:

1. “Cavern Sealing & Abandonment Research Program” (CS&ARP) long term interest in subject, and particular interest in finding caverns deeper than 1,000 meters for field testing.

2. “High Frequency Cycling of Salt Storage Caverns
research program (HFCSSC) subject interest, with projects underway, the Research Committee may be updating an RFP as they are still interested in more proposals. 

3. “Safe Dome Edge Cavernsresearch program (SDEC) has one active research project underway now, and when completed later in 2017, the Research Committee may modify and/or reissue this RFP 

  • RFP 2013-1 "Tools for Designing the Safe Distance of Salt Caverns to a Domal Boundary"
    VIEW RFP 2013-1  -   research is now underway, still considering other research proposals.  

4.   Renewable Energy Storage in Salt Caverns is still an active subject area, and although this specific RFP deadline was March 2013 and research is completed,  SMRI is still be interested in specific proposals, so contact the Research Coordinator if you have an idea and are still interested in submitting a proposal.   SMRI’s objective is therefore to finance or co-finance research to promote the development of high-performance salt caverns for the storage of renewable energies, to improve the competitiveness of salt cavern technologies in the field of renewable energy management.
-  Examples for applications of salt cavern technology to be used for large scale renewable energy storage are:
                   • Compressed air energy storage (CAES), both diabatic and adiabatic,
                   • Hydrogen storage,
                   • Pumped hydro storage. 

  •        RFP  2012-2 “Renewable Energy Storage in Salt Caverns”       VIEW RFP 2012-2