USDA, DOE Announce $18 M Solicitation for Biomass R&D

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a combined total of up to $18 million will be available for research and development (R&D) of biomass-based products, biofuels, bioenergy and related processes.

USDA and DOE are issuing these grant solicitations for several types of projects aimed at increasing the availability of alternative and renewable fuels, which will help further President Bush’s bold energy initiatives, including Twenty in Ten. The Twenty in Ten Initiative promotes greater energy security through increased efficiency and diversification of energy sources. USDA will provide up to $14 million and DOE will provide up to $4 million (FY’07).

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said, “I am hopeful that these projects will play a critical role in furthering our knowledge of how we can cost effectively produce more homegrown, bio-based products to help reduce our reliance on imported sources of energy.”

The $18 million solicitation will fund projects in the development of technologies to convert cellulosic biomass into intermediaries for bio-based fuels (45 percent); product diversification (30 percent); feedstock production (20 percent); and analysis for strategic guidance (5 percent).

Maximum award amounts will not exceed $1 million. Eligible applicants include state and federal research agencies, national laboratories, private-sector groups and nonprofit organizations. Consortia of two or more groups also are encouraged to apply. The closing date for pre-applications is July 11, 2007. Preapplications must be submitted electronically through at Prospective grantees whose pre-applications have been selected for further processing must submit final applications within 45 days of the notification.

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