The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota has been awarded a subcontract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help produce jet fuel from algae. The effort is being funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is a continuation of the first successful production of 100% renewable fuel for the U.S. military by the EERC.

SAIC is working closely with its teammates to identify ways to minimize the cost of algae production and achieve DARPA's jet fuel (JP-8) cost target of $3.00/gallon.