USDA AND DOE Announce New Funding Opportunities

Two of CAAFI’s chief collaborators, USDA and DOE, have announced funding opportunities applicable to the development of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

Earlier this week, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) announced their Request for Applications (RFA) for Sustainable Agricultural Systems program that will consist of eight $10 million awards. Letter of Intent Deadline – June 27, 2018. Application Deadline – October 10, 2018. Applications must address one or more of the following 25-year goals:

• Increase growth of agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) from the current 1.5 percent to 2 percent per year and agricultural production by 2 percent annually.
• Improve water and nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient use efficiency by 50 percent.
• Reduce losses due to environmental stresses, insects and other invertebrate pests, weeds, or diseases by 20 percent in crops and animals used for food, fiber, or bioproducts production.
• Produce 50 billion gallons of biofuels and 50 billion pounds of biobased chemicals and bioproducts in the next 25 years.
• Reduce food-borne illnesses to 8.5 cases per 100,000 people in the U.S. population per year.

And yesterday, the U.S. Secretary of Energy announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million, including:

• BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million)
• Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million)
• Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $20 million)
• Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million)

Letters of Intent for these FOAs are due May 30, 2018, and full applications are due June 27, 2018.

For more information on these DOE funding opportunities click here.

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