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Agile BioFoundry announces 2020 Directed Funding Opportunity

In the United States (US), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium is overseeing a US$5.7 million Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) for industry and academic partners to utilize ABF capabilities.

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In the United States (US), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium is overseeing a US$5.7 million Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) for industry and academic partners to utilize ABF capabilities.

In 2016, the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supported initial work to provide a proof-of-concept for the Agile BioFoundry (ABF), a distributed consortium of nine DOE National Laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Sandia National Lab) focused on advancing the state-of-the-art in biomanufacturing.

BETO provided US$3 million for these initial efforts that included industry and academic engagement and visioning opportunities, as well as a pilot project to establish core infrastructure and demonstrate the existing infrastructure and scientific engineering capabilities in place at the National Laboratories to render design and implementation of new bio-based products scalable, predictable, and more cost-effective.

In 2017, BETO provided US$15 million to the ABF to continue the development and demonstration of capabilities and capacity within the consortium (guided by industry-identified challenges), as well as US$5 million to the ABF to support competitively-selected industry-driven collaborative research and development projects.

2020 Directed Funding Opportunity

The ABF consortium is now overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) for industry and academic partners to utilize ABF capabilities to address challenges in biomanufacturing identified by industry and academia.

Partners can use this funding to develop novel microbial hosts and bioproducts, as well as to create new capabilities and approaches that will improve the Design-Build-Test-Learn biomanufacturing cycle.

This opportunity funds competitively-selected Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) between BETO laboratory consortia and partners from industry and academia.

Up to US$5.7 million in total will be available for this call applications for which close on March 31, 2020. ABF anticipates 8 to 15 projects will be selected with a project duration of two years.

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