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.

Bioenergy

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

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Modifying a single gene to improve ethanol production from poplar trees

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Collecting useful chemicals individually to increase the value of biomass processing

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Optimizing production of terpene precursors for next-generation biofuels

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News & Funding

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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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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Our Numbers

$277M
Budget FY21
2,626
Publications 2017-2021
43,466
Citations 2017-2021
291K
Gigabases sequenced FY20
3000+
Researchers supported