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DOE Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops – Concept Papers Due 03/14; Full Applications Due 06/13

Opportunity Title:

Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops

 

Funder/Agency:

Department of Energy (DOE), Golden Field Office (GFO)

 

Opportunity Number:

DE-FOA-0003209

 

Description:

The 2024 Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops FOA supports the focus of the BETO Renewable Carbon Resources Program in developing strategies and supporting technology development to reduce the cost, improve the quality, increase the quantity, and maximize the environmental benefits of using renewable carbon resources.


The FOA addresses enabling the mobilization of low carbon intensity purpose-grown energy crops across varied agronomic and geographic landscapes through the generation of data and research findings. The FOA seeks applications that will support resource mobilization, including improvements to quality, yield, cost, mechanization of propagation/planting systems, pest management, carbon intensity reduction, ecosystem services, and more from the cultivation of purpose-grown energy crops. Data generated over the course of four to ten years will be used to improve modeling projections, adapt crops and/or crop management strategies to address varying climates, understand variations in soil and belowground carbon storage, quantify ecosystem services, and reduce the carbon intensity for specified purpose-grown energy crop systems.


There is a single Topic Area in this FOA with four Subtopic Areas, each focusing on different feedstock categories. The Topic Area in this FOA seeks to address the following R&D needs:


Topic Area 1: Purpose-Grown Energy Crops The objective this Topic Area is to fund projects that will enable the mobilization of low carbon intensity purpose-grown energy crops across varied agronomic and geographic landscapes through the generation of data and research findings.

  • Subtopic Area 1a. Algae: The objective of Subtopic Area 1a is to support projects that seek to cultivate and harvest as much algae from their given system(s) as possible each year for at least three years.

  • Subtopic Area 1b. Herbaceous Energy Crops: Subtopic Area 1b is centered on enhancing the mobilization of low-carbon intensity herbaceous energy crops across varied agronomic landscapes.

  • Subtopic Area 1c. Intermediate Energy Crops: For the purposes of Subtopic Area 1c, “intermediate energy crops” are defined as crops planted between the harvest of a main crop and sowing of the next crop. Typically grown for environmental benefits such as increasing soil carbon or reducing nutrient leaching and soil erosion, intermediate energy crops have the additional potential to be harvested for conversion into low carbon intensity fuels and products.

  • Subtopic Area 1d. Short-Rotation Woody Crops: Subtopic Area 1d is focused on enhancing the mobilization of short-rotation woody crops across various geographic landscapes by performing regional field trials to examine long term yield and sustainability.

 

Eligibility:

  • State and local governmental entities

  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities

  • Small businesses

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

  • Individuals

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Native American tribal organizations

  • Native American tribal governments

  • Private institutions of higher education

  • Independent school districts

 

Award Details:

Total Amount Available:

 $29,000,000


Maximum Award:

 $10,000,000


Minimum Award:

$5,000,000

 

Deadline:

Concept Papers Due March 14, 2024

Full Applications Due June 13, 2024

 

 

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