Utah FORGE solicitation for research proposals with funding of up to a total of $46 million

Rig on site of Utah FORGE project, Utah, U.S. (source: Utah FORGE)
Alexander Richter 30 Apr 2020

The University of Utah and the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) have launched a solicitation for research proposals for up to 18 awards totalling $46 million in funding.

The University of Utah and Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) are pleased to announce FORGE Solicitation 2020-1. This is the first formal call for research proposals on enhanced geothermal systems technologies from the FORGE Program. Up to 18 awards are anticipated for up to a total of $46,000,000.

A pre-recorded informational webinar will be available on May 6, 2020. The submission deadline for the two-page Concept Papers has been set for May 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM MDT.

The topic areas for technology testing and evaluations, their maximum potential funding level and the potential number of awards include:



Potential Funding

Potential Number of Awards


Devices suitable for sectional (zonal) isolation along both cased and open-hole wellbores under geothermal conditions


1 to 3


Estimation of stress parameters $3,000,000

1 to 3


Field-scale characterization of reservoir stimulation and evolution over time, including thermal, hydrological, mechanical, and chemical (THMC) effects


1 to 4


Stimulation and configuration of the well(s) at Utah FORGE


1 to 3


Integrated Laboratory and Modeling studies of the interactions among THMC processes


1 to 6

Each award has a maximum period of performance of three years.
“Utah FORGE is a dedicated underground field laboratory sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office for developing, testing, and accelerating breakthroughs in Enhanced Geothermal System, or EGS. The application of these technologies has the potential to advance geothermal development across the US and around the world,”said Joseph Moore, PhD and Principal Investigator of Utah FORGE.

For more information about the University of Utah and Utah FORGE Solicitation 2020-1,  how to download the full document, and how to submit your application, please visit the Utah FORGE solicitation webpage:

About Utah FORGE

The FORGE site is located near the town of Milford in Beaver County, Utah, on the western flank of the Mineral Mountains. Near term goals are aimed at perfecting drilling, stimulation, injection-production, and subsurface imaging technologies required to establish and sustain continuous fluid flow and energy transfer from an EGS reservoir. For more information, please visit our website at