Bioenergy Technologies Office Funding Opportunities

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) mission is to enable the cost-effective and sustainable production of drop-in biofuels, high-performance bioproducts and baseload biopower from America’s abundant renewable biomass feedstocks and waste resources in order to improve our energy security, reliability and resilience while creating economic opportunities across the country. In carrying out this mission, BETO selects research and development projects through open and competitive procurements called Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) and encourages collaborative partnerships among industry; universities; national laboratories; federal, state, and local governments; and non-government agencies.

This website offers information and additional resources about current and past funding opportunities, requests for information, and links to related opportunities from other DOE offices and federal organizations.

Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Opportunities

  • BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis
    On May 3, 2018, DOE announced up to $28 million to develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams. BETO seeks to address new research strategies and opportunities relative to its current portfolio, including utilizing waste streams more effectively, improving organic and inorganic catalysts for lignocellulosic biomass conversion, and creating high-value performance-advantaged bioproducts that can improve the viability of fuel production from biomass and waste feedstocks.

    BETO anticipates funding 14-28 awards for between $1 million and $2.5 million each.  This FOA has six topic areas.  Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply.  Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018.  Full applications are due by June 27, 2018.

  • Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems
    On May 3, 2018, DOE announced up to $15 million to improve the cost-competitiveness of algae-based fuels and products.  This FOA will support research on improving carbon utilization efficiencies to increase productivity and reduce costs, as well as research direct air capture technologies.

    BETO anticipates funding 6-10 awards for between $1.5 million and $2.5 million each to industry- and academia-led consortia.  This FOA has two topic areas.  Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply.  Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018.  Full applications are due by June 27, 2018.

  • Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower
    On May 3, 2018, DOE announced up to $20 million to support research and development of integrated processes for the production of cost-competitive drop-in fuels and biopower.

    BETO anticipates funding 5-11 awards for between $1 million and $3 million each. This FOA has three topic areas.  Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply.  Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018.  Full applications are due by June 27, 2018.

  • Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops
    On May 3, 2018, DOE announced up to $15 million to support early-stage research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels and coproducts. This FOA aims to generate scientific information on new varieties/cultivars of lignocellulosic energy crops, specifically, their performance improvements relative to predecessor varieties, how well they are adapted across climatic regions, whether they are more cost-effective to produce, and whether they are sustainable relative to traditional cropping or pasture systems.

    BETO anticipates funding 3-6 awards for between $2 million and $4 million each.  Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply.  Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018. Full applications are due by June 27, 2018.

  • Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
    On May 1, 2018, DOE announced the FY 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA that includes up to $12 million to support the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima).  Co-Optima is a collaborative research and development effort between BETO and the Vehicle Technologies Office that supports research of fuel and engine innovations to maximize vehicle performance and fuel efficiency. The initiative is accelerating the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines.

    Topic five of this FOA has two subtopics related to advancing the Co-Optima Initiative.  Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply.  Concept papers are due by May 29, 2018.  Full applications are due by July 13, 2018.

Information Webinars

Date & Time

BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis webinar

Tuesday, May 15 from 2018 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

NOTE: Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov before submitting its application and provide a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in its application.  Failure to comply may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Requests for Information

  • Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories

    On August 2, 2018, BETO issued a request for information (RFI) on catalyst research and production capabilities for biochemical and thermochemical conversion of biomass. Catalysts increase the rate of a chemical reaction and are used in many industrial chemical processes. Through this RFI, BETO seeks input to help identify new areas of catalyst research to address production scale up and systems integration challenges. Information collected through this RFI will help guide BETO’s research strategy, and inform how industry can leverage national laboratory capabilities to efficiently convert lignocellulosic biomass, other waste streams, and algae into renewable fuels and products. Learn more about this RFI on EERE Exchange. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 14, 2018.

Closed Funding Opportunities

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Other Funding Opportunities

View other funding opportunities that may be investing in biomass and related renewable technologies.

Note: Official notices of solicitations can be found at EERE Exchange or Grants.gov. To view all current solicitations for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), see the EERE Funding Opportunities page. This list is for information only—it may not be inclusive of all solicitations. Funding amounts and schedule dates are subject to change.