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Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels

ID: DE-FOA-0003178 • Type: Posted

Description

Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels Bioenergy Technologies Office's 2024 Systems Development and Integration (SDI) FOA is funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. IRA Section 60108(b) authorized $10 million to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new grants to industry in advanced biofuels. EPA and DOE entered an Interagency Agreement to transfer the funds to DOE and allow DOE to manage a FOA with substantial involvement from EPA. The FOA's topic areas are of mutual interest for both the EPA's priority in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and DOE BETO's priority in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge as well as SDI's priority in supporting four demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries by 2030. For both topic areas, the application must discuss how the proposed technology would meet the RFS definition of advanced biofuel, which means using allowable feedstocks, producing allowable fuel types, and with lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions of at least 50% compared to petroleum base baseline.
Background
The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The IRA Section 60108(b) authorized $10 million to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new grants to industry in advanced biofuels. EPA and DOE entered an Interagency Agreement to transfer the funds to DOE and allow DOE to manage a FOA with substantial involvement from EPA. The FOA’s topic areas are of mutual interest for both the EPA’s priority in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and DOE BETO’s priority in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge as well as SDI’s priority in supporting four demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries by 2030.

Grant Details
The FOA seeks projects at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to 4 to scale up key process steps from laboratory scale unit operations to industrially relevant piece(s) of equipment at the pilot scale (TRL 5). Topic Area 1 will provide funding for recipients to scale up key process steps that are ready to move out of the laboratory scale and into industrially relevant piece(s) of equipment.

The proposed unit operation(s) within an application are not required to comprise a fully integrated pilot-scale unit by the end of the project, but rather can be utilized to support future integration of the entire process at pilot- or demonstration-scale. The FOA specifically seeks projects that are responsive to R&D Community Benefits Plan, job quality, diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and Justice40 initiative.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include domestic entities and foreign entities with cost-sharing requirements.

Applicants must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application and maintain an active SAM registration with current information when having an active federal award or an application under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

Period of Performance
The FOA has multiple submission deadlines and expected dates for DOE selection notifications, award negotiations, and performance periods.

The FOA includes specific requirements for continuous reaction time on stream, minimum throughput, cumulative time on stream by end of project, and other metrics related to allowable feedstocks, non-allowable feedstocks, allowable fuel types, non-allowable fuel types, GHG emissions, fuel selling price, R&D Community Benefits Plan, bioproducts.

Grant Value
$9,400,000 in federal funding will be available for awards collectively made under both Topic Areas 1 and 2.

Place of Performance
All work for projects selected under this FOA must be performed in the United States.

Overview

Category of Funding
Energy
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
True
Source
On 2/22/24 Golden Field Office posted grant opportunity DE-FOA-0003178 for Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels with funding of $9.4 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 81.087 Renewable Energy Research and Development. It is expected that 5 total grants will be made worth between $1 and $9.4 million.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 22, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 24, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 34 Days
Last Updated
Feb. 22, 2024, 1:24 p.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
June 23, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
County governments
Private institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Small businesses
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
The proposed prime recipient and subrecipient(s) must be domestic entities. If the Prime Recipient is not a for-profit industry entity providing technical capability, then one or more for-profit entity industry partners providing technical capability must participate as Subrecipient(s) with aggregate effort equivalent to at least 20% of the total cost of the project.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$9,400,000
Floor
$1
Estimated Program Funding
$9,400,000
Estimated Number of Grants
5

Contacts

Contact
Golden Field Office
Email Description
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Contact Phone
(202) 287-1878
Additional Information
EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange
Additional Information Site

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