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

DOE Announces $178 Million to Advance Bioenergy Technology

Sep 14, 2022

37 Projects Will Develop New Technologies That Engineer Plants and Microbes into Bioenergy and Improve Carbon Storage

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DOE Office of Science Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Awards Solicitation 2

Aug 18, 2022

Applications are due 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. SCGSR application assistance workshops will be held on September 19, 2022 and October 20, 2022.

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FUNDING: DOE SBIR/STTR Programs FY 2023 Phase I Release 1

Aug 8, 2022

Applications for DOE's SBIR/STTR programs FY 2023 Phase I Release 1 due Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 11:59pm ET.

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Biological and Environmental Research Leadership Transition

Jul 6, 2022

Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax retires after 12 years at BER's helm

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BER-Funded Scientist Jennifer Pett-Ridge wins 2021 E.O. Lawrence Award

Jun 21, 2022

The Lawrence Award recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers who have advanced new research and scientific discovery

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JGI 25th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

Jun 20, 2022

DOE JGI convenes this annual gathering of leaders from diverse disciplines to highlight how they are addressing the world’s most pressing energy and environmental challenge

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Two GSP Scientists Selected as Recipients of DOE’s 2022 Early Career Research Program Award

Jun 8, 2022

DOE selected 83 early career scientists to receive $110 million in funding for research.

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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

Exploring the responsiveness of bioenergy crop yields to rotation and fertilization


Modifying a single gene to improve ethanol production from poplar trees


Collecting useful chemicals individually to increase the value of biomass processing


Optimizing production of terpene precursors for next-generation biofuels


Our Numbers

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