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DOE; EPA: Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels – Concept Papers Due 03/22; Full Applications Due 05/24; Webinar 03/04

Opportunity Title:

Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels


Funder/Agency:

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) & EPA


Opportunity Number:

DE-FOA-0003178


Description:

The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection.


This FOA also supports high-impact technology R&D to accelerate the bioeconomy. BETO is focusing on applied RD&D to improve the performance and reduce the cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. By reducing cost and technical risk, BETO can help pave the way for industry to deploy commercial-scale integrated biorefineries and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as the aviation industry. Additionally, this FOA will reduce risks in

processing or co-processing biointermediates in legacy refinery infrastructure.


  • Topic Area 1: Pre-Pilot Scale Up of Integrated Biorefinery Technologies Topic Area 1 will support the development of scaling up key process step(s) already developed at the bench-top scale. The funding opportunity would require the verification of the work at the bench-top scale, and then support the development of the process step(s) at the pilot-scale. Work would entail designing and building the pilot-scale process step(s) and then performing an operational test. The proposed key step(s) are not required to comprise a fully integrated pilot scale unit by the end of the project, but rather can be utilized to support future integration of the entire process at pilot or demonstration scale.  

  • Topic Area 2: Biointermediate Processing Toolbox  Topic Area 2 will support the development and pilot-scale testing of key technology innovations for processing biointermediates, which are feedstocks that have been partially converted at one facility but are then sent to a separate facility for their final processing into a renewable fuel; for example, co-processing biocrudes in legacy petroleum refinery infrastructure. Work would entail employing a technology feature to improve biointermediate processing, and then performing a pilot-scale operational test, along with employing a method to measure the biogenic carbon in the co-processed fuel if the biointermediate is co-processed with petroleum. 


An informational webinar for potential applicants will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. ET, where participants can hear about the objectives and requirements of the funding opportunity.


The webinar is optional, and attendance is not a requirement to submit a concept paper.




Eligibility:

Domestic businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofits


Award Details:

Total Amount Available:

$9,400,000


Maximum Award:

Topic Area 1: $2,000,000

Topic Area 2: $9,400,000


Deadline:

Concept Papers Due March 22, 2024

Full Applications Due May 24, 2024



Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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