Sustainable Bioenergy Program
Although no new awards will be made in fiscal year (FY) 2014, NIFA will support and advance ongoing research, education, and extension in the Sustainable Bioenergy Program through continuation awards. In FY 2014, NIFA will provide approximately $34 million in funding for continuation awards to support our ongoing investments in Bioenergy. Funding will support five regional projects with activities in 22 states involving 32 universities plus nine Federal and eight industrial partners. These regional projects link research for sustainable biomass production, logistics of handling feedstocks for biofuels, and education programs to create the needed skilled workforce. Funding also will go to ongoing targeted research on enhanced value co-products; crop protection; land-use changes resulting from feedstock production and conversion; implications of the development of bioenergy delivery systems on water; and identification of socioeconomic impacts of biofuels in rural communities in order to enhance sustainable rural economies.