USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

Deadline: 28 June 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture is currently inviting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area Program that is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy, industrial chemicals, and biobased products from renewable sources and building a strong workforce, increasing stakeholder engagement, and informing policy makers.


This Challenge Area is soliciting applications in two priority areas:

  • Lignin or nano-cellulosic co-products from biomass feedstocks; and
  • Biomass feedstock genetic development and evaluation.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,600,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants for single-function Research, Education or Extension Projects include:

  • State Agricultural Experiment Station;
  • colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher);
  • university research foundations;
  • other research institutions and organizations;
  • Federal agencies,
  • national laboratories;
  • private organizations or corporations;
  • individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and
  • Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

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