Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Funding: Up to $35 Million
Open Date: 03/22/2012
Close Date: 04/24/2012
Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000657
This FOA is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy for the fiscal year 2012 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), which requires that projects integrate all three legislatively mandated technical areas. Applicants seeking BRDI funding must propose projects that integrate science and engineering research in the following technical areas that are critical to the broader success of alternative biofuels production:
- Feedstock Development – Funding will support research, development and demonstration activities for improving biomass feedstocks and their supply, including the harvest, transport, preprocessing, and storage necessary to produce biofuels and biobased products.
- Biofuels and Biobased Products Development – Research, development and demonstration activities will support cost-effective technologies to increase the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels and biobased products. Funding will also support the development of a wide range of technologies to produce various biobased products, including animal feeds and chemicals that can potentially increase the economic viability of large-scale fuel production in a biorefinery.
- Biofuels Development Analysis – Projects will develop analytical tools to better evaluate the effects of expanded biofuel production on the environment and to assess the potential of using federal land resources to sustainably increase feedstock production for biofuels and biobased products.
Integrating multiple technical areas in each project will encourage collaborative problem-solving approaches, enable grantees to identify and address knowledge gaps, and facilitate the formation of research consortia.
Subject to annual appropriations, USDA and DOE plan to contribute up to $35 million over three years for this year’s BRDI solicitation. This funding is expected to support five to seven projects over three to four years. A description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements, and application instructions are available at https://www.fedconnect.net/ and http://www.grants.gov/ under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000657. Applications are due April 23, 2012, and must be submitted electronically. It is anticipated that applicants who submit completed applications will be notified of the results by June 15, 2012.
Golden Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Golden Field Office
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401-3393
Contact: Geoffrey Walker
Last updated: 03/27/2012
Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.