DOE Announces $178 Million to Advance Bioenergy Technology
37 Projects Will Develop New Technologies That Engineer Plants and Microbes into Bioenergy and Improve Carbon Storage
September 13, 2022
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food and agricultural production, and create more resilient supply chains. This funding will support cutting-edge biotechnology R&D of bioenergy crops, industrial microorganisms, and microbiomes. Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching President Biden’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. “Producing cheaper energy from organic materials — like plants, food, and waste — keeps money in the pockets of energy consumers and prevents carbon pollution from reaching the atmosphere,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These projects will continue to advance the boundaries of biotechnology and support the emergence of a thriving U.S. bioeconomy that creates good-paying jobs and helps us meet our climate goals.”
By discovering, understanding, and harnessing nature’s sophisticated capabilities we can address a broad range of topics related to DOE’s mission in sustainable bioenergy development, including the production of sustainably grown crops for bioenergy and bioproducts to tackle climate change. The biotechnology funding supports:
- Research on renewable bioenergy and biomaterials production to develop new bioproduction platforms, including research on systems and synthetic biology, computational modeling on bioenergy crops, industrial microbes and algae, and microbial communities.
- Funding amount: $99.7 million
- 2022 Awards
- Corresponding FOA: Biosystems Design to Enable Safe Production of Next-Generation Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biomaterials
- Quantum-enabled bioimaging and sensing for bioenergy to develop state-of-the-art instruments and biological sensors that will advance research on plant and microbial systems relevant to bioenergy and environmental research.
- Funding amount: $18 million
- Award recipients
- Corresponding FOA: Quantum-Enabled Bioimaging and Sensing Approaches for Bioenergy
- Research to characterize gene function in bioenergy crop plants to facilitate development of new bioenergy feedstocks with traits tailored for bioenergy and bioproduct development.
- Funding amount: $27.4 million
- 2022 Awards
- Corresponding FOA: Genomics-Enabled Plant Biology for Determination of Gene Function
- Understanding the role of microbiomes in the biogeochemical cycling of elements in terrestrial soils and wetlands genomics-based and systems biology research.
- Funding amount: $33 million
- 2022 Awards
- Corresponding FOA: Systems Biology Enabled Microbiome Research to Facilitate Predictions of Interactions and Behavior in the Environment
Total funding is $178 million for projects lasting up to five years in duration, with $47 million in Fiscal Year 2022 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations. The list of projects and more information can be found here.