A. RPSEA is the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a nonprofit corporation established in the State of Texas. RPSEA has met the requirements for a 501(c)(3) corporation and holds a tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. RPSEA currently consists of consortium members representing virtually all sectors of the natural gas and oil supply technology value chain.
A. There is a critical need for the United States to develop a next generation of technology that will make it possible to tap Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Onshore Hydrocarbon Resources in the United States that are inaccessible or uneconomic to develop using current technology. Key drivers leading to the formation of this research consortium include the following: The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts a 20% increase in U.S. domestic natural gas consumption by 2025 along with a 58% increase in natural gas net imports over the same time period.
A. The objective of RPSEA is to leverage research dollars along with the technical expertise and experience of RPSEA Members to conduct industry led research and development work to help commercialize domestic Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Onshore Hydrocarbon Resources. RPSEA will focus on innovative technologies to reduce the costs of production, expand and extend the nation's hydrocarbon resource base, and maintain the highest level of safety while mitigating the environmental impacts of energy production in these regions. RPSEA is also committed to reducing the burden of high energy costs on the nation’s consumers, increasing federal royalty revenue by increasing production from federal lands that are currently available to be developed, enhancing the nation’s knowledge base, increasing industrial competitiveness by lowering energy costs and promoting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.
A. RPSEA has operated as a robust research management consortium for over fourteen years. Over this period RPSEA has funded projects which have focused on imaging below complex geology, prediction of rock & fluid properties, produced water, specific regional studies and project management. RPSEA has also been looking to the industry's future and has implemented and funded a fellowship program whereby graduate students have been awarded fellowships following a competitive evaluation of applicants from some of the nation's leading universities whose graduates enter the oil and gas industry.
A. RPSEA has a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from all sectors of the oil and gas resources industry. Board Members are nominated and approved by the Board and serve for a two-year term. The Executive Committee’s role is to serve as an advisory committee to the Board. It reports directly to the Board and has the authority to nominate and recommend Board members, appoint committees, approve the hiring of RPSEA employees, endorse the annual budget and approve financial reporting.
A. All research and development work under the RPSEA program is accomplished through competitively selected awards based on proposals submitted in response to open solicitations. Through these awards, RPSEA succeeds in identifying, funding and facilitating the development of the most appropriate and necessary research to maximize the value of our nation’s domestic resources. This is through increasing supply, reducing cost, increasing efficiency of production and exploration, improving safety and minimizing environmental impacts.corporate offices of RPSEA are located in Sugar Land, Texas.
A. All organizations are eligible to join RPSEA
A. Dues are paid annually at the beginning of RPSEA’s fiscal year, October 1.


  • Commercial Company with Annual Revenue > $100M - $10,000
  • Commercial Company with Annual Revenue < $100M >$30M - $5,000
  • Commercial Company with Annual Revenue < $30M -$1,000
  • Academic Institution - $2,500
  • State/Federal Government Entity - $10,000
  • Non-Profit Organization/Trade Association - $1,000