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Subsea Systems Institute (SSI) is a Center of Excellence formed under the RESTORE Act and represents a collaboration between the University of Houston, Rice University and NASA/Johnson Space Center. The mission of SSI is to improve safety and efficiency of offshore energy development by facilitating engineering, science and policy research and through third party unbiased validation of technology and practices.

Project Background and Goals
SI Research Grants are designed to develop innovative research that can positively impact safe and reliable exploration and energy production from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Successful applications will lead to technology advancement consistent with the mission objectives of the SSI. The support of industry partners is strongly encouraged.

Proposals that address core areas of research of SSI are solicited. The research program outcome should target early stage (TRL 1 through TRL 3) within the program budget and timeline. In this solicitation, the institute is 2 requesting proposals that address the following challenges:

  1. Life Extension and Decommissioning of Offshore Assets
  2. Offshore Asset Integrity Monitoring
  3. Power Electronics and Power Systems for Offshore Systems
  4. Issues in Energy Transition

These efforts can range from advances in robotics and automation; digital transformation; renewable energy generation and integration; hydrogen production, use and storage; carbon emissions reductions, storage and utilization; offshore communication; artificial intelligence; materials challenges; risk analysis and policy amongst other approaches that are all part of the broad range of solutions that address the afore-mentioned challenges.

SSI Research Grant funding, contingent on award made available to SSI, comes through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury through RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (COE) funds.