$9 million in funds available through Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) recently said that up to $9 million in funding will support biobased feedstocks, fuels and similar product development continue efforts aimed at U.S. energy independence.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) branch will collaborate with the DOE under the joint Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) program to increase the nation’s autonomy in the energy sector, DOE officials said in a release. The two agencies are legally authorized to evolve a biomass-based industry via prior federal legislation.

NIFA and DOE encourage applications for the development of feedstock, biofuel products and biofuels analysis from privately owned companies, institutes of higher education, nonprofits and laboratory facilities and other organizations.

The two agencies will be able to distribute as much as $9 million through the BRDI in fiscal year 2017 through awards ranging from $500,000 to $2 million.

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