In 2012, SPE International awarded funds to six young faculty members to carry out cutting edge research. These six were selected from a large number of extremely competitive applicants. The project is now finishing one year. Five of the researchers will present their progress and what is ahead to the SPE R&D community in two web events. Our hope is that with these presentations, they will have an opportunity to connect with SPE members who are interested in research and will be able to develop future collaborations.