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USDA and DOE Announce Partnerships to Support Biomass R&D

April 20, 2011

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) — a $30 million initiative to support up to 10 research and development (R&D) projects focused on advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. Projects should propose integrated science and engineering research in three technical areas of interest:

  • Feedstock Development — funding to support research, development and demonstration projects to improve biomass feedstocks and their supply;
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products Development — funding to support cost-effective technologies to increase the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels and/or biobased products; and,
  • Biofuels Development Analysis — to support the development of analytic tools that improve renewable biomass technologies.

Projects that demonstrate the integration of biofuels into farming equipment and processing facility operations also are encouraged. The BRDI is part of several renewable energy R&D initiatives announced by the president to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025. Pre-applications are due May 31, 2011. Read the press release...

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