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Energy Department Announces Funding Opportunities, Includes Development of ChemCatBio Industry Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced funding opportunities up to $28 million to develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams, including improving organic and inorganic catalysts for lignocellulosic biomass conversion.

The BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis multi-topic funding opportunity announcement seeks early-stage research proposals that cover several topics pertaining to conversion processes. Topic Area 1: ChemCatBio Industry Partnerships will provide funding for collaborative projects between industry and the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) Consortium aimed at tackling fundamental challenges in catalyst development that can reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of converting biomass feedstocks into fuels, intermediates, and coproducts.

Letters of intent are due by May 30, 2018. Full applications are due by June 27, 2018. Contact ChemCatBio directly at [email protected] if you are interested in partnering on a proposal.