The Petroleum research forum (PERF) was established in 1986 to stimulate cooperative research and development of technology for environmental pollution control, safety, and waste management for the petroleum industry. Membership currently consists of 19 major companies (Table 1). At year-end 2000, PERF membership had completed 66 projects with a value of $58M, with an additional 12 projects valued at $8M underway and 11 projects worth over $3M under consideration. This paper focused on how PERF is organized; and how we generate, manage and fund projects. Special emphasis is placed on case study examples of several large, successful programs. Further information on PERF, including summaries of all projects, can be found at

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