Policy Update – DOE Releases Sustainable Bioenergy Crops Solicitation

On January 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its fifth funding call under the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program, and the second for its Biological Sciences program.  The “Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development” solicitation provides a total of $15 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and $75 million over five years to develop sustainable bioenergy crops that are resilient to changing environmental conditions.  The goal of the program is to understand the genetic and physiological mechanisms influencing plant productivity, resource use, and resistance to environmental stress.  DOE expects to make between five and 15 awards ranging from $1 million to $3 million per year over five years.  A pre-application is required and must be submitted by January 27, 2020.  If selected, the submission deadline for full applications is March 26, 2020.

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