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USDA Announces Funding for Biodiesel Fuel Education Program

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WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of almost $1 million in grant funding to programs that educate consumers about the benefits of biodiesel fuel use. The funding is made available through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

“Awareness and consumption of biodiesel has grown over the past decade, but due to its higher costs, consumption is still lower than traditional diesel fuel,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “There are many positive environmental, social and human health benefits that consumers can weigh when purchasing diesel fuel. This grant program will help consumers make informed decisions that will help our nation reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

The Biodiesel Fuel Education Program was established to stimulate biodiesel consumption and the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. It will fund education and outreach activities to raise awareness of biodiesel fuel use among governmental and private entities that operate vehicle fleets and the public. Funded projects should focus on educational programs that support advances in infrastructure, technology transfer, fuel quality, fuel safety and increasing feedstock production.

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, clean-burning, renewable substitute for petroleum diesel. There is an identified need for biodiesel education that balances the positive environmental, social and human health impacts of biodiesel use with the increased per gallon cost to the consumer. NIFA is soliciting projects that work toward the following objectives:

  • Enhance current efforts to collect and disseminate biodiesel information

  • Coordinate with other biodiesel educational or promotional programs

  • Create a nationwide networking systems to deliver biodiesel information to targeted audiences

  • Identify and document the benefits of biodiesel

  • Address information gaps regarding biodiesel education

Approximately $960,000 is available in fiscal year 2014 with an additional $960,000 available each year in fiscal year 2015 through 2018. NIFA expects to make up to two new awards in fiscal year 2014.  The awardees would be eligible for continued funding contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds and the satisfactory progress of this project, and the determination that continued support would be in the best interest of the Federal government and the public. NIFA is collaborating with USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist and the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses in administering this program.

The deadline for applications is June 27, 2014. Applications may be found online at: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/biodiesel_education.html.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and Extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

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