Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Development of Robust, Highly Efficient Fermentative Organisms for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol” (DE-PS36-07GO97002).The FOA requests applications for the development of a highly efficient fermentative organism for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol in process-relevant conditions that would be economical in the commercial market. The organism must be able to survive a wide range of environmental conditions and be stable from adverse mutation. Eligibility is limted to those applicants who can take the strains to a commercial scale with a sound business strategy to market the organism. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov to be considered. The Letter of Intent is due 11/16/2006; the application is due 01/04/2007, 11:59 PM EST.