Funding Agency:
Department of Energy


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.

The projects funded through BRDI—a joint NIFA and DOE program—will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify our energy portfolio. Both DOE and NIFA have been given statutory authorities to support the development of a biomass-based industry in the United States, under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

In support of these goals, NIFA and DOE are soliciting applications from all interested parties, including for-profit entities, universities, nonprofits, and national laboratories.


  • Required Concept Paper Due Date: July 7, 2017
  • Full Application Due Date: September 22, 2017

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Areas of Interest

The technical areas are: (A) Feedstocks development, (B) Biofuels and biobased products development, and (C) Biofuels development analysis. These areas are described further below. Additionally, DOE provides funds guided by certain administrative provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

For fiscal year (FY) 2017, the BRDI RFA requires that funded projects address at least one of the three legislatively mandated technical areas identified above. To clarify, applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas: (A) Feedstocks development, (B) Biofuels and biobased products development, or (C) Biofuels development analysis. See Section II for details on Expected Number of Awards.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entities may submit multiple Concept Papers and Full Applications under this RFA; however, each Concept Paper/Full Application must describe a unique project. Because of the broad and comprehensive nature of this competition, the PI can be the lead/primary PI on only one Full Application. If more than one Full Application is submitted with the same lead/primary PI, only the last submitted Full Application received prior to the deadline with the listed PI will be considered for review



Amount Description

​For FY 2017 DOE-Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) anticipates funding one (1) to six (6) awards, and USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) anticipates funding from three (3) to fourteen (14) new awards. Anticipated award size ranges from $500,000 to $2 million per award. All DOE-EERE funding is subject to the availability of annual Congressional appropriations.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

July 7, 2017