The White House on March 22 announced an offer of up to $35 million over three years to support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value biobased products. The projects will be funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint program of DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The programs will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass. They will also increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products that can help replace the need for gasoline and diesel.
For fiscal year 2012, applicants seeking BRDI funding must propose projects that integrate science and engineering research in three technical areas: feedstock development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis. These technical areas are critical to the broader success of alternative biofuels production. Grants awards and national program leadership for the BRDI program will be administered by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.