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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR) Phase I, Release 2 topics, which include two Broadening Participation subtopics from the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)Small Business Bioenergy Technologies Increasing Community Partnerships: This subtopic encourages submission of innovative research proposals from bioenergy small businesses to develop a community-scale preliminary design package of their products and/or processes and engage community stakeholders to assess desirability and feasibility of the small business’ proposed design.Cultivating a More Competitive Bioeconomy through Strengthening Small Business Workforces: This subtopic solicits proposals that pilot a research-driven workforce development program or tool that can be widely applicable for the bioeconomy, establishing a partnership with business experts in bioenergy and/or
Additionally, BETO is supporting the following joint topic in collaboration with the Advanced Manu facturing OfficePlastics Innovation Challenge: This joint topic solicits proposals that accelerate innovations that will dramatically reduce plastic waste in oceans and landfills and position the U.S. as global leaders in advanced plastics recycling technologies and in the manufacture of new plastics that are recyclable by design.DOE plans to issue the SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement on December 14, 2020. Additional information on broadening participation in the bioeconomy, can be found on Bioprose: Bioenergy R&D Blog.

Energy Announces Funding Opportunities for University Research Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced up to $5 million in federally funded financial assistance for research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002398, University Training and Research for Fossil Energy Applications. This funding opportunity will encompass two separate University programs, each with its own requirements and each with specific eligibility requirements. The two programs are University Coal Research (UCR) Program and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU-OMI) Program.

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Energy Department Announces $33 Million to Advance Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding to support innovative hydrogen and fuel cell research & development (R&D), infrastructure supply chain development and validation, and cost analysis activities. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) builds upon existing efforts funded by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office to reduce cost, improve performance, and strengthen a domestic supply chain for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and applications.

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