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August 16, 2006

DOE and USDA Award $5.7 Million for Biofuels Research


Photo of tractor harvesting tall grass.

The new research projects will focus on the genomics of potential biofuel resources such as switchgrass.
Credit: Warren Gretz

DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on August 9th that they have awarded nine grants totaling $5.7 million for research in biofuels. The research will focus on genomics that will allow woody plant tissues such as alfalfa, sorghum, wheat, and other grasses to be grown in large quantities to produce renewable fuels, including ethanol. DOE granted $3.9 million to six projects, and USDA has granted $1.8 million to three projects, all of which will be supported for up to three years. The awardees include six universities in Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin, New York, North Carolina, Kansas, and Georgia; two non-profit research organizations in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.; and DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. See the DOE press release.

DOE and the USDA also announced last week 12 new people who will serve on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The committee advises the agencies on strategic planning, the development of requests for proposals under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, and the review and evaluation of funding proposals. The 30-member committee also works to encourage collaboration among government, industry, and growers. The twelve new members hail from Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. See the DOE press release and the Biomass Research and Development Initiative Web site.

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