$78 Million Announced for Bioenergy Research Funding–Algae Included!

May, 14 / 2018

This month the Department of Energy announced two funding opportunities of interest to ABO members that will support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office:

  • BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million): This multi-topic FOA seeks to develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams.  BETO anticipates funding 14-28 awards for between $1 million and $2.5 million each.  Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018.  Full applications are due by June 27, 2018. The FOA seeks early-stage research proposals that cover several topics pertaining to conversion processes: 
    • Innovative catalysts for thermochemical processing
    • New biological approaches for higher conversion efficiency
    • Novel bio-based products that outperform conventional materials (e.g., plastics, polymers, etc.)
    • Conversion of wet organic wastes to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower
    • Conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to make fuels and products
    • New processes to break down lignin and synthesize higher value biofuels and bioproducts
  • Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million): This research funding opportunity seeks proposals in two areas to improve the cost-competitiveness of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. BETO anticipates funding 6-10 awards for between $1.5 million and $2.5 million each to industry- and academia-led consortia. Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018. Full applications are due by June 27, 2018. Topic areas include: 
    • Increase the productivity of algae by improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2emissions, such as from a power plant or industrial facility
    • Develop new, affordable technologies to capture CO2 directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth

Learn more about these opportunities, and others, at the BETO Funding Opportunities web page.