The following are links to information on solicitations offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal programs and offices that may be investing in bioenergy and related renewable technologies.

Bioenergy Small Business Solicitations

The Bioenergy Technologies Office has an annual Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation. The topics are generally posted in the first quarter of the fiscal year (FY) (between October and December). The exact schedule is posted on the Office of Science SBIR / STTR website.

The solicitation focuses on areas where small businesses can have an impact on the bioenergy industry. Previous topics include feedstock logistics, bio-oil conversion technology, waste-to-energy, process intensification, and biomass cookstoves.  Expanded descriptions of these topics are also available at the Office of Science SBIR / STTR website.

Through the FY 2021 SBIR/STTR Phase 1, Release 2 funding opportunity, BETO will advance its mission to help transform the Nation's renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower by soliciting applications focused on broadening participation.

The topics include:

  • Topic 10a: Small Business Bioenergy Technologies Increasing Community Partnerships
  • Topic 10b: Cultivating a More Competitive Bioeconomy through Strengthening Small Business Workforces
  • Topic 11a: Improving Plastics Compatibilization for More Efficient Recycling (in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Office).

For more information, visit Bioenergy FY 2021 SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity.

Please visit the Office of Energy Efficiency (EERE) and Renewable Energy's SBIR/STTR page to learn about small business funding opportunities in other EERE research areas.

Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)

The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) is a multi-agency effort to coordinate and accelerate all federal biobased products and bioenergy research and development. BRDI issues annual joint solicitations funded by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture.

EERE Program Solicitations

EERE's Financial Opportunities web page provides links to useful resources about financing and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the home, business, industry, utilities, and government. In addition, solicitation information may be accessed directly from certain EERE programs and offices, as well as EERE partnership programs.

Links to Other Sources of Funds

State and Regional Resources
Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program
Office of Science