Up to $9 million in funding will be available for the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and bio based products, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. On Monday (June 5), the DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced they are collaborating to make funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to increase energy independence.
The projects funded by the initiative “will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio based produces, and diversify our energy portfolio,” according to a news release. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 give authority to the federal agency to support the development of a biomass-based industry in the United States.
The funding will be available in fiscal 2017, and applicants can address all or any one of the following: feedstocks development, biofuels, bio based products development and biofuel development analysis. Applications will be accepted from for-profit companies, universities, nonprofits and national labs.
Between four and 20 awards are expected to be given, with an anticipated range of $500,000 to $2 million per award. The deadline to submit concept papers is July 7 and full applications must be submitted by Sept. 22. Click here for more information.