Funding Opportunities

ABO regularly tracks funding opportunities from federal agencies and other sources that can support algae R&D, commercial activity and educational programs. Click on the links to learn more: 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

Request for Applications

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Posted Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Closing Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006609
Estimated Total Program Funding: $182,000,000

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

Posted Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Closing Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-FASLP-006610
Estimated Total Program Funding: $960,000

The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions.

Who is eligible to apply: 

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions

Posted Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Closing Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-006611
Estimated Total Program Funding: $300,000

This multi-topic FOA from BETO seeks to develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams. 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.

This research funding opportunity from BETO seeks proposals in two areas to improve the cost-competitiveness of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. 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. 

This FOA from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy seeks to develop novel, marketable products using carbon dioxide or coal as a feedstock. Projects are sought for technologies that show: a positive life-cycle analysis; the potential to generate a marketable product; and significant advantages when compared to traditional
Application closing date is June 25, 2018.

This RFA seeks from the USDA seeks approaches that will improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansing of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. 
Letters of intent are due by June 27, 2018. Full applications are due by October 10, 2018.
The USDA SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market.  Different from most other investors, the USDA SBIR Program funds early or “seed” stage research and development. The program is designed to provide equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.
Posted Date:  Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Closing Date:  October 25, 2018
Funding Opportunity Number:  USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006649


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