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USDA Announces $6 Million for Sustainable Energy Research

Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biobased Products – USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Energy are seeking grant funding applications for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) which is intended to “… increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The projects funded through BRDI… will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify our energy portfolio … Applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas: (A) feedstocks development, (B) biofuels and biobased products development, and (C) biofuels development analysis …” – USDA NIFA anticipates having approximately $9,000,000 in total available grant funds for the program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 – Eligible applicants include “… higher education institutions, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, nonprofit organizations, or consortia of two or more of the entities described above …”

Document Title: The title of the June 5, 2017 USDA NIFA Announcement is “USDA Announces $6 Million for Sustainable Energy Research”

Organization: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Source: June 5, 2017 USDA NIFA Announcement

Applications Due By: Full Applications due by September 22, 2017 (Concept Papers due by July 7, 2017)

Web site: The June 5, 2017 USDA NIFA Announcement is posted at
http://nifa.usda.gov/announcement/usda-announces-6-million-sustainable-energy-research

The June 5, 2017 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=294380
* Specifically at
http://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FileContent.aspx?FileID=abfd9d09-5171-495a-9e70-4c033859b320

Additional information about the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) is available at
http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biomass-research-and-development-initiative-brdi

Contact: Questions may be directed to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture by e-mail at BRDI@@NIFA.USDA.gov

Summary: The text of the June 5, 2017 USDA NIFA Announcement follows:

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced up to $6 million in available funding for research to support the next generation of sustainable biofuels and biomaterials. Funding is made through USDA’s Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint initiative with the Department of Energy.

“Renewable energy is an important contributor to our nation’s economic prosperity,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments help develop more options for producing energy and biobased industrial products.”

Biomass feedstocks are plant and algal materials that can be used to create biofuels, renewable chemicals, and other bio-based products. Perennial grasses, woody plants, and non-food oil seeds are just some of the feedstocks that provide the basis of renewable energy and other materials. The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI – http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biomass-research-and-development-initiative-brdi ) RFA supports the development of sustainable biofuels and bio-based products, helping to create jobs, new market opportunities, and rural prosperity by diversifying the nation’s energy choices. Projects may focus on feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; and biofuels development analysis.

Eligible applicants include higher education institutions, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, nonprofit organizations, or consortia of two or more of the entities described above.

The application process will include two phases: a concept paper phase and a full application phase. The concept paper deadline is July 7, 2017. The full application deadline is Sept. 22, 2017.

See the request for applications (http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biomass-research-and-development-initiative-brdi ) for details.

Previously funded projects include a State University of New York (http://www.esf.edu/willow/ ) analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of willow and forest biomass for use in heat and power. A University of Florida (http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/11086/study-of-sweet-sorghum-to-benefit-proposed-plant ) project investigated the use of sorghum for biofuels and chemicals.

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