NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bioprocessing, Bioengineering, Biofuels and Biobased Products ResearchKANSAS CITY, Mo., June 30, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today an investment of $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research. NIFA recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program.
“NIFA’s Bioprocessing and Bioengineering awards fund projects that will stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy,” said NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille. “Additionally, these Small Business Innovation Research projects focused on biofuels and biobased products strengthen America’s entrepreneurial spirit and support a robust economy by guiding research and development needs across agriculture.”
Examples of Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants recently awarded include:
- North Dakota State University’s project to develop a new class of safe, effective and versatile fire retardants ($192,924).
- USDA Agricultural Research Service’s project that will engineer advanced antimicrobial biopolymers from ag-based non-edible waste oil to kill bacteria actively and repeatedly ($450,00).
- University of Idaho’s project to develop an environmentally friendly approach for wood protection ($329,888).
Examples of Biofuels and Biobased Products grants awarded through this program include:
- Meredian Bioplastics, Inc.’s (Bainbridge, Georgia) project to explore manufacturing potential for using pennycress, a non-edible oil, in developing biodegradable plastic ($99,488).
- Formology, Inc.’s, (Portland, Oregon) project that will use hazelnut shell byproducts to create environmentally sustainable specialty wood and natural fiber panels for architecture and design/build markets ($98,132).
- Insectapel, LLC’s (Wellford, South Carolina) project that will create an effective, extended-release repellent within textile products (fabric) to prevent blood-sucking insects from biting humans and transferring infectious disease ($100,000).
NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and Extension across the nation to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. NIFA supports initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture and applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice. In FY2020, NIFA’s total investment was $1.95 billion.
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