shutterstock_409688713In a January 6 news release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding for research to improve biorefinery technologies. The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office.

Eligible applicants include state agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, and other public and private U.S. research organizations. Research funded through this program will support projects that address the challenges surrounding the successful scale-up and reliable continuous operation of integrated biorefineries. Funding may be used to reduce risk and provide resources to accelerate commercialization of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and bioproducts.

Applications are due by April 3, 2017.

For more details, see the request for applications on the NIFA website.