Air Force opens funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel facility

By Erin Voegele | February 06, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Lab recently opened a grant funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel production. One $55 million award is expected to be made under funding opportunity. Applications are due May 25.

According to a notice posted to, the selected project must be capable of production biofuels suitable for military use and have a capacity of at least 10 million gallons per year.

The notice also indicates the funding opportunity aims “to further increase domestic advanced biofuels production capacity by establishing additional integrated biofuel production enterprise (IBPE) capabilities that represent a complete value chain including feedstock production, chemical conversion and processing, and fuels blending, transportation and logistics.”

Eligible projects include a brownfield expansion or modification of an existing pilot- or commercial-scale facilities or new greenfield construction. Feedstocks used at the selected project must be compliant with greenhouse gas requirements included under Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Additional information is available on the website under FOA-AFRL-RQKM-2017-0006.