rom the USDA comes the news of $21 million in new funding to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, and education and training for the next generation of scientists.
The goal is to expand availability of renewable, sustainable goods and energy. This funding is available through the USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The initiative is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
For the 2016 fiscal year, the AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area is soliciting applications that focus on the following priorities:
- Regional Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs), which support the production and delivery of regionally-appropriate sustainable biomass feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproducts. While the focus of CAPs will be on feedstocks, competitive proposals must present the feedstock development and production in the context of comprehensive regional sustainable bioenergy and bioproducts supply chain systems.
- Investing in America's scientific corps: Preparing a new generation of students, faculty, and a workforce for emerging opportunities in bioenergy, bioproducts, and the bioeconomy
Letters of intent are required by July 14, 2016, and the closing date for this opportunity is September 22, 2016. Application deadlines vary by program area.
Read find the full funding opportunity announcement here.