TOPIC 1 - 


Trucks carrying sand account for a large percentage of the truck traffic to drilling fields.  Weight limits on community roadways prevent sand delivery trucks from hauling maximum capacity loads. To improve the health and safety of these communities, GE and Statoil are seeking innovative technologies to replace or reduce the amount of sand required for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.

 The Sand Topic invites proposals within two (2) Focus areas:

Focus Area 1 - Keep sand suspended in an aqueous slurry/more efficient use of sand.

Focus Area 2 - Materials or chemicals to replace sand.


Up to five (5) winning respondents will each receive an initial cash prize of $25,000 USD.  Each winning respondent also will have an opportunity to receive additional funding for a six (6) month period (from a total prize pool of up to $375,000 USD) to continue further development and/or commercialization of respondent’s Entry technology provided winning respondent enter into a mutually agreeable business relationship with Grant Sponsors which includes an agreed upon plan for guided funding.


The deadline to respond to the Sand Topic is April 28, 2015.


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