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.


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

Engineering yeast to efficiently convert hemicellulose into high-value bioproducts


Developing novel microbial platforms for designer ester biosynthesis.


Unlocking a high-quality reference genome for switchgrass


Assessing the production cost and carbon footprint of a promising aviation biofuel


News & Funding

BER BSSD Holds Virtual Joint PI Meetings

Mar 1, 2022

2022 GSP and Bioimaging programs come together

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FUNDING: DOE SCGSR Program 2022 Solicitation 1 Cycle

Feb 10, 2022

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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FUNDING: Genomics-Enabled Plant Biology for Determination of Gene Function

Dec 16, 2021

DOE's Office of Science seeks applications for genomics research in plant biology for gene function determination.

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FUNDING: Systems Biology Enabled Microbiome Research

Dec 15, 2021

DOE Office of Science seeks applications for research into microbial processes and community interactions in natural systems.

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FUNDING: SBIR/STTR Call for Climate, Energy and Scientific R&D

Dec 13, 2021

DOE's Office of Science to provide funding for small businesses pursuing climate and energy research and development (R&D) projects and the development of advanced scientific instrumentation.

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FUNDING: Biosystems Design of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biomaterials

Dec 9, 2021

DOE's Office of Science seeks applications for research in microbial and plant biosystems design for the production of advanced biofuels, bioproducts, and biomaterials.

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Using Quantum Science to Enhance Sensing and Imaging Technologies

Oct 15, 2021

The National Academies hosted a workshop on the research and development needs to advance biological applications of quantum-enabled sensing and imaging technologies.

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Our Numbers

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