January 15 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced up to USD 75 million (EUR 67m) in funding for research aimed at the development of sustainable bioenergy crops, to be provided over five years.
“It’s critical for crops grown for bioenergy and bioproducts to be able to survive and thrive under marginal growing conditions and maintain resiliency to environmental stresses and changes to avoid competing with food production,” commented under secretary for science Paul Dabbar.
Researchers will look to better understand the genetic and physiological mechanisms that influence plant productivity, resource use and environmental stress resistance, among other factors.
Universities, industry and nonprofit research institutions are invited to apply as the lead institution, with possible collaborators at DOE national laboratories and other federal agencies.
DOE will award the funding based on peer review in the form of five-year grants in the USD 1 million-3 million range per year, beginning in the present fiscal year.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.897)