Genomic Science Program
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

Systems Biology for Energy and the Environment

The Genomic Science program pursues fundamental research to understand, predict, manipulate, and design plant and microbial systems for innovations in renewable energy, insights into environmental processes, and biotechnological breakthroughs supporting the U.S. bioeconomy.

News & Funding

New Report Available From the Structural Biology Community

Mar 22, 2023

Genomes to Structure and Function Workshop Report 2022 Released

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DOE Announces $150 Million for Research on the Science Foundations for Energy Earthshots

Mar 21, 2023

A webinar on this opportunity will be held on March 27th at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

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DOE Accepting Applications: Undergraduate Internships and Visiting Faculty

Mar 20, 2023

SULI, CCI, and VFP applications are due 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

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DOE Announces $590 Million to Renew Bioenergy Research Center Funding

Mar 20, 2023

Funding to Four Bioenergy Research Centers Will Help Strengthen Diversity of Domestic Clean Energy Sources, Enhance Our Energy Security, and Revitalize Rural Economies

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Letters of Intent for JGI-EMSL FICUS Research Due March 15

Mar 10, 2023

Successful proposals will have access to capabilities from both DOE user facilities

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FUNDING: DOE SCGSR Program 2023 Solicitation 1 Cycle

Feb 8, 2023

Applications for DOE's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program 2022 Solicitation 1 cycle due Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 5pm ET.

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DOE Job Opportunity: Associate Director, Office of Biological and Environmental Research

Jan 24, 2023

Seeking early career researchers. Applications due by February 7

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Providing the foundational genomics-based knowledge needed to produce and deconstruct renewable plant biomass and convert it to sustainable fuels, chemicals, and other bioproducts.

Biosystems Design

Accelerating the ability to securely design, build, and control plants and microbes for beneficial purposes such as clean energy, biomaterials, and carbon sequestration.

Environmental Microbiome

Developing a process-level understanding of how plant and soil microbial communities impact the cycling and fate of carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment.

Select BRC Highlights

Metabolically engineering oleaginous yeast to overproduce promising platform chemical


Mapping the genetic diversity of switchgrass to improve biomass yields


Engineering poplar with altered lignin composition and easier conversion to bioproducts


Comparing the economics of in planta versus microbial production of bioproducts


Our Numbers

Budget FY21
Publications 2017-2021
Citations 2017-2021
Gigabases sequenced FY20
Researchers supported