DOE Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops (RACIPAC)t
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. This funding will advance the Biden-Harris administration goals of delivering an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050.
The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Renewable Carbon Resources (RCR) program develops science-based strategies and technologies to cost-effectively transform renewable carbon resources such as agricultural waste and algae into high-quality, environmentally sustainable, conversion-ready feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), through two distinct topic areas – the first focused on climate-smart agricultural practices and the second on algae crop protection – supports BETO’s RCR Program’s strategies for the development of conversion-ready feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts and supports the Biden Administration’s goal to produce sustainable aviation fuels.
The “Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops” funding opportunity will improve the production of environmentally sustainable feedstocks for bioenergy through two topic areas:
- Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices for Low-Carbon Intensity Feedstocks, and
- Algae Crop Protection
- Domestic Entities
- Foreign Entities
- Incorporated Consortia
- Unincorporated Consortia
The cost Share is 20%
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: $25.5 million. Minimum anticipated award size is a minimum of $4 million and a maximum of $5 million for Topic Area 1: Minimum anticipated award size is a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $2 million for Topic Area 2.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The concept paper deadline is due by March 20, 2023, and full applications are due by May 16, 2023