Funding available for biomass through U.S. DOE

By Luke Geiver | April 12, 2012

The U.S. DOE has announced a pool of $9 million for up to 50 small business projects designed to improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on oil, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources to bring new clean energy solutions to market faster.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing the funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. According to the DOE, both programs allow federal agencies with large research and development efforts to budget a small portion for competitions between small businesses. The funding will be available for small businesses applying for eight broad topics, including biomass, advanced manufacturing, water power technologies, and others. The DOE will fund the small businesses with a one-year, $150,000 award to explore the feasibility of innovative clean energy concepts, according to the agency. Successful projects will also have the chance to compete for more than $1 million in follow-up funding.

And through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), applicants can apply for funding provided by the USDA and DOE for projects that match one of three areas: feedstock development, biofuels and biobased products development, or biofuels development analysis. The BRDI is offering roughly $35 million in total funding over a three-year span. Those interested in applying for the feedstock development option, must engage in improving biomass supply, harvest, transport, preprocessing or storage of that biomass.

The USDA and DOE noted in their call for applications that applicants who submit completed applications will be notified of the results by June 15.

To view the full application for the BRDI funding, click here.

To view the full application for the SBIR/STTR funding program, click here