DOE and USDA Offer $25 Million for Biomass Research

January 30, 2009

Photo of a landscape.  In the distance, a large biorefinery stands against a clear blue sky.  In front of it stretches a road, with a small red car driving on it.  In the foreground is a fuel stand, with normal fuel pumps in three of the slots and a fourt

DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on January 30 that they will invest up to $25 million over the next four years, subject to annual appropriations, for research and development of processes that produce biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products. This funding opportunity announcement covers three technical areas: feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products; and biofuels development analysis. This opportunity is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint effort between DOE and the USDA to accelerate research and development in bioenergy research and biobased products. It is open to higher education institutions, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organizations, and consortia of these types of entities. DOE and USDA anticipate that each awardee will receive up to $5 million over the next four years. Pre-applications are due on March 6. See the DOE press release and the BRDI Web site.