FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Multi-Topic FOA: DE-FOA-0002203


Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5:00pm ET on 03/05/2020

Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 5:00pm ET on 04/30/2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production – the bioeconomy. The activities supported by BETO are authorized by Public Law 109–58, TITLE IX, § 932, which authorizes the Secretary of Energy to establish a program of research and development for bioenergy with the goal of pricecompetitive biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower made from biomass-based feedstocks – see section I.E for details. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support highimpact technology research and development (R&D) to enable growth and innovation to accelerate the bioeconomy by requesting applications across the entire scope of BETO’s mission space. The United States has the potential to produce more than one billion tons 1 of sustainable biomass, which can be used to produce renewable fuels for cars, trucks, and jets; renewable chemicals; and renewable power to supply the grid. Leveraging waste streams can further enhance this potential. The activities supported by BETO’s funding for this opportunity will be a component of the comprehensive U.S. energy strategy to enhance energy supply, create domestic jobs, secure the nation’s global leadership in bioenergy technologies, and increase U.S. energy resources. These efforts support the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy. As part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), BETO invests in high-impact, high-value technology development activities to produce bioenergy and products from terrestrial and algal biomass and other waste streams such as biogas, waste carbon dioxide, and waste plastics that industry would be unable to pursue independently due to the high level of risk and technological uncertainty. BETO focuses on applied R&D to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge that can enable industry to demonstrate and deploy high-performing drop-in biofuels and renewable chemicals at $3 per gallon gasoline equivalent (GGE) in the near-term.2 This FOA will provide funding to address BETO’s highest priority R&D areas. It includes Topic Areas from five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion Technologies; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Strategic Analysis and Crosscutting Sustainability. Each Topic Area supports BETO’s objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable highvalue products from biomass or waste resources.

Topic Area Topic Area

1 Scale Up of Bench Applications (SCUBA)

2 Waste to Energy Strategies for the Bioeconomy

2a: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

2b: Optimizing Community Scale Wet Organic Wastes

2c: Synergistic Wastewater Integration with Microalgae (SWIM)

3 Algae Bioproducts and CO2Direct-Air-Capture Efficiency (ABCDE)

4 Bio-Restore: Biomass to Restore Natural Resources

5 Efficient Wood Heaters

6 Biopower and Products from Urban and Suburban Wastes: North American Multi-University Partnership for Research and Education

6a: Biopower from Organic Wastes

6b: Waste Plastics to Products

7 Scalable CO2 Electrocatalysis

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