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Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)

USDA's, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Golden Field Office, Bioenergy Technologies Office announce the interagency Program as originally established in Section 9001(a) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), re-authorized the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) financial assistance program by amending section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), as amended, (Pub. L. 107-171) (7 U.S.C. 8108). Collaboration between DOE and USDA on BRDI is directed under section 9008(e)(1) of FSRIA, as amended. Additionally, DOE provides funds guided by certain administrative provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section 9008(e)(3) of FSRIA provides direction and guidance on the technical areas as described in BRDI. The technical areas are: (A)Feedstocks development, (B)Biofuels and biobased products development, and (C)Biofuels development analysis.

Special Notation

Biobased Products and Processing Webpage

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • Private Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Small Business
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Unrestricted (See Eligibility Description)
  • More Information on Eligibility

    Institution of Higher Education, National Laboratory, Federal Research Agency, State Research Agency, Private Sector Entity, Non-Profit Organization and/or a consortium of 2 or more entities identified as eligible.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) February 26, 2015
    Letter of Intent Due Date Concept Paper Due: March 27, 2015
    Due Date (Closing)
    July 27, 2015
    Estimated Total Program Funding $8,700,000.00
    Range of Awards Unavailable
    Cost Sharing Requirements 20% research and development projects, 50% for demonstration
    For More Information Contact Daniel Cassidy
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-9008-004957
    CFDA Number 10.312
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