In the United States (US), the US Department of Energy DOE has announced US$14 million in funding to support and optimize the production of "affordable biofuels and biochemicals" while significantly reducing carbon emissions.
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This funding will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s goals to address the climate crisis by building a clean and equitable energy economy and driving innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production.
The 2023 Conversion Research and Development (R&D) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will accelerate the growth of the bioeconomy by supporting the development of high-impact technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into affordable biofuels and bioproducts through two topic areas:
- Topic 1: Overcoming Barriers to Syngas Conversion
- Topic 2: Strategic Opportunities for Decarbonization of the Chemicals Industry Through Biocatalysts
Both topic areas contribute to goals outlined in the DOE Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap to produce low-carbon, renewable chemicals, and the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge to produce 35 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) annually by 2050 – enough to meet 100 percent of US aviation fuel demand.
To facilitate the formation of project teams for this FOA, the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has compiled a Teaming Partner List tool that allows organizations to explore collaborating with other prospective applicants.
The FOA concept paper deadline is on April 21, 2023, and full applications are due on June 16, 2023.