General Services Administration Alert
The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is experiencing delays processing certain private entity registration information for new registrants, updates to existing entity registrations and annual renewals. If you are not able to upload your application in Grants.gov prior to the funding opportunity close date because of issues related to these delays and are still awaiting a response to your pending SAM.gov help desk ticket, then USDA/NIFA will accept your application through the following process. Please note, this process is only valid for the issues noted above and is a one-time occurrence. Additionally, please allow sufficient time for your SAM.gov issue to be resolved prior to using the alternate submission process.
The Bioproduct Pilot Program seeks to study the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities for manufacture of construction and consumer products.
This program directs the USDA to partner with no less than one qualified institution to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing, with the goal of providing a low-cost alternative to conventional products.
Qualified institutions are bioproduct research facilities that:
(1) are funded, in part, by a State;
(2) are located within a reasonable distance, not to exceed 3 miles, of the primary residence hall of an institution of higher education;
(3) provide students opportunities to engage in research activities; and
(4) provide opportunities for an institution of higher education to collaborate with private enterprise.
Additional details are provided in the RFA.