DOE and USDA Offer $25 Million for Biomass Research

January 30, 2009

DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on January 30 that they will invest up to $25 million over the next four years, subject to annual appropriations, for the research and development of processes that produce biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) covers three technical areas: biomass feedstocks development; cellulosic biofuels and biobased products; and biofuels development analysis, including strategic guidance, analyses of the energy and environmental impact of biofuels production, and an assessment of the potential for biomass feedstock production on federal lands.

The FOA is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint effort between DOE and the USDA to accelerate research and development in bioenergy research and biobased products. It is open to higher education institutions, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organizations, and consortia of these types of entities. DOE and USDA anticipate that each awardee will receive up to $5 million over the next four years. Pre-applications are due on March 6, and final applications will be due on June 1. See the DOE press release, the FOA on, and the BRDI Web site.