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Announcement from December 20, 2018:

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Dear Valued SSC Members, Partners, and Liaisons:


The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) is pleased to announce the beginning of the 2019 Project Year!  


We are looking for your insightful ideas and enthusiasm toward a successful year of improving the safety of life at sea through ship structures related research.  By February 22, 2019, the SSC is seeking research ideas which fall within these four focus areas:

  1. Structural Monitoring, Longevity, and Lifetime Extension
  2. Arctic Construction, Operations, Technologies, and Effects
  3. Novel Materials and Manufacturing
  4. SSC Follow-Up Report

More detail on the focus areas, as well as some examples can be found HERE.  Due to limited funding, only ideas which fall within one of the four focus areas will be considered by the Committee. 

**Please consider the following when submitting your research project recommendations.

  • Fiscal Limitation: The SSC typically funds one or two projects each year (approximately $100k per project).
  • Timeline Information: Please submit all research recommendations electronically to me, the Executive Director, ( no later than February 22, 2019.

    The compiled research recommendations will be distributed to the SSC members very soon after the due date for evaluation.  The Committee will establish the FY19 priorities when it meets in March 2019.

    The selected projects should begin the contracting phase in June 2019.
  • Submittal Instructions:

          * Use the template/outline format HERE
          * Do not include proprietary information
          * MS Word Document (.doc, .docx) format only will be accepted
          * Do not include any graphics, tables, sketches
          * Keep the task descriptions brief - entire document no more than 4 pages
  • Contracting Information:  Submitters will be notified if their research project recommendation has been selected for funding with details on the bidding process.  Please note that selection of project recommendations reflect the SSC's judgment that there is an immediate need in the recommended field of vessel structures research.  Selection by the Committee DOES NOT mean the submitter will necessarily be contracted to do the work.  The ten organizations comprising the SSC will determine the appropriate contract mechanism or researcher to carry out the recommended project.  Upon completion, the research project report, will be made available to the public on the Ship Structure Committee website,

Please forward this message to other interested members of your organization.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support of the Ship Structure Committee!


Jonathan Duffett, LT, USCG
Executive Director
Ship Structure Committee
(202) 372-1022

Last Updated 12/20/2018