DOE & USDA To Invest US $25M in Biomass R&D

On January 30, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) announced the availability of up to US $25 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products.

The FOA funds are reserved for projects in three areas specified in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008:

  • Feedstock development
  • Biofuels development analysis  
  • Biofuels and biobased products development

Award amounts range from US $1 million up to US $5 million, with project periods lasting up to four years.  Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, national laboratories, federal and state research agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organizations. There is a required minimum cost share of at least 20 percent of total project cost for research and development projects and 50 percent of total project cost for demonstration projects.
Pre-applications must be submitted electronically by March 6, 2009. The FOA is available online

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