Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproducts Portfolio Strategic Plan
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproduct (B3) Program Portfolio supports research, development, demonstration, extension, and education at the nexus of rural economic development, climate change, environmental services, food security, and national energy security. NIFA-supported projects build upon previous investments in basic and applied research and leverage resources from other Federal agencies (e.g. Department of Energy [DOE], the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA]); other USDA agencies (Agricultural Research Service, Forest Service, Farm Services Agency, Rural Development, National Resources Conservation Service); and extensive private sector investment. The Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproduct Program Portfolio is a critical component of a cline of activities beginning with conceptual and foundational research and development (R&D), applied R&D, sustainability analysis (economic, social, environmental), pre-commercialization R&D and demonstration, community and individual education, and workforce development, leading to DOE-supported pilot scale biorefineries, USDA Rural Development commercial biorefinery loan guarantees and Biomass Crop assistance programs, and ultimately private investment in the emerging bioeconomy sectors of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products.
Develop regional sustainable production systems for biofuels, biopower, and biobased products, through partnerships and collaboration, for increased rural economic vitality and national energy security.
Support transformational discovery, learning and outreach programs, and partnerships that advance the development of sustainable regional systems for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products;
Encourage integrated transdisciplinary research, education, extension collaboration;
Reduce risk for diverse stakeholders (farmers, foresters, land owners, resource managers, consumers, industry, policymakers, investors);
Ascertain regionally-appropriate feedstock available at requisite quantity, quality, and cost for emerging or extant fuel, power, or product conversion/production platforms;
Enhance sound understanding of impacts on rural communities and economies, environmental services and natural resource management, and techno-economic feasibility.