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Up to US$25m for biomass research

The US Departments of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced up to US$25 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value bio-based products.

USDA and DoE are issuing this joint funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for several types of projects aimed at increasing the availability of alternative renewable fuels and bio-based products. The projects will aim to create a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass.

The FOA will fund projects in the following three technical areas specified in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008:

  • Feedstocks development;
  • Biofuels and bio-based products development; and
  • Biofuels development analysis.

Award amounts are planned to range from US$1m to up to US$5m with project periods up to four years, subject to annual appropriations. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organisations, or a consortium of two or more of those entities.

 

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