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Information about permanent funding opportunities appears on this page.

For details about specific grant and funding announcements, click on “Grants/Funding” in the categories list along the right margin of each page.

Department of Energy Recovery Act Funding

Links to all US Department of Energy funding opportunities, including those involving advanced biofuels, authorized through the Recovery Act will be posted at It will be updated as needed, so check back frequently for the latest information.

The DOE and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced $3 billion in direct payments in lieu of tax credits that will be made available to biomass energy production facilities, as part of the stimulus bill.  The funding makes direct payments to companies that place in service renewable energy facilities beginning January 1, 2009.  READ MORE

Use FedConnect to Get Detailed Information about Government Funding Opportunities

FedConnect is an online marketplace where federal agencies post opportunities and make awards via the web.  Because ALL projects are listed, it helps to know the name of the program that includes items of interest to you.  Click on “Grants/Funding” in the categories list along the right side of the page for articles about specific named government funding projects.

Anyone can view public postings without registering. However, registered users have added benefits including the ability to electronically submit responses to the government directly through this site.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada manages the fund, which is to help build large demonstration-scale facilities for first-of-its-kind technologies already demonstrated at pre-commercial scale.   SDTC said the fund will cover up to 40 percent of a project’s cost, with the money to be repaid over 10 years after the project’s completion “based on free cash flow.” The projects must be located in Canada and use feedstocks available in Canada.    READ MORE Funding Information

Biorefinery Assistance Program (loan guarantees)

USDA loan guarantees are made to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. The maximum loan guarantee is $250 million. Mandatory funding is available through FY 2012.  READ MORE

The purpose of this Biorefineries section is to assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of advanced biofuels, so as to:

  1. increase the energy independence of the United States;
  2. promote resource conservation, public health, and the environment;
  3. diversify markets for agricultural and forestry products and agriculture waste material; and
  4. create jobs and enhance the economic development of the rural economy.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Loan guarantees are made to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. The maximum loan guarantee is $250 million. Mandatory funding is available through FY 2012.

Eligible Technologies Under the Program Include:

  1. technology that is being adopted in a viable commercial-scale operation of a biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuel; and
  2. technology not described in subparagraph A. that has been demonstrated to have technical and economic potential for commercial application in a biorefinery that produces an advanced biofuel.  READ MORE

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Payments to Advanced Biofuel Producers

The purpose of this biofuels section is to support and ensure an expanding production of Advanced Biofuels by providing payments to Eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers in rural areas.

Payments will be made to eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers for the production of fuel derived from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch, to include:

  1. Biofuel derived from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin;
  2. Biofuel derived from sugar and starch (other than Ethanol derived from corn kernel starch);
  3. biofuel derived from waste material, including crop residue, other vegetative waste material,  animal waste, food waste and yard waste;
  4. diesel-equivalent fuel derived from Renewable Biomass, including vegetable oil and animal fat;
  5. biogas (including landfill gas and sewage waste treatment gas) produced through the conversion of organic matter from Renewable Biomass;
  6. butanol or other alcohols produced through the conversion of organic matter from Renewable Biomass; and
  7. other fuel derived from cellulosic biomass.

Uses and Use Restrictions: The Agency will establish payment rates for both base and incremental production of Eligible Advance Biofuel.  The amount of each payment will depend on the number of producers participating in the program, the amount of advanced biofuels being produced, and the amount of funds available.  Not more than five percent of the funds shall be made available to eligible producers with a refining capacity exceeding 150,000,000 gallons of Advanced Biofuel per year.  Mandatory funding is available through FY 2012.  READ MORE

Biomass Crop Assistance Program

Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to producers or entities that deliver eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities for use as heat, power, biobased products or biofuels. Initial assistance will be for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) costs associated with the delivery of eligible materials.   READ MORE

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Solicitations

To explore current financial opportunity solicitations from the Energy Efficiency and Rewnewable Energy program, click on the opportunity titles in the linked page. To sort the list, click on the arrows in the column headings.

For a list of past solicitations from the EERE Biomass Program, click here.  These include solicitations in the following categories:

Integrated Cellulosic Biorefineries
Ethanologen Projects
Thermochemical Solicitation
Ten Percent Validation
Enzymes Solicitation
USDA – DOE Joint Solicitation
Bioenergy Research Centers

EERE also provides links to information on solicitations offered by the Department of Energy (DOE) and other Federal programs that may be investing in biomass and related renewable technologies.  Click here.

Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDi)

The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000, later amended by Section 9001 of the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA), established Biomass Research and Development Board, annual Initiative solicitation, and Technical Advisory Committee. The Biomass Research and Development Board (Board) is an interagency collaborative composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). USDA and DOE annually implement the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, which consists of grants made available through FCEA Section 9008 and other programs. The Technical Advisory Committee is an independent body that provides input to agencies regarding the technical focus and direction of the Initiative.

For information on the current BRDi annual solicitation, click here.

For information about previous solicitations and grants, click here.