NC State Awarded Grant to Advance America’s Bioeconomy

Our partners at UNC released an announcement about our Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program:

https://news.tracs.unc.edu/index.php/15-news-announcements/861-nc-state-awarded-grant-to-advance-americas-bioeconomy

 

NC STATE AWARDED GRANT TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S BIOECONOMY

Congratulations to our partner, NC State, for receiving a 2.7M grant from the USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Our nation has made great strides in promoting the bioeconomy,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Today’s investments will help speed the development of regional systems for sustainable bioenergy, bioproducts, and biomaterials production, and create a strong workforce needed to support the bioeconomy.”

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is America’s flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. These grants are awarded through the Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area, which supports integrated public/private partnerships that lead to industrial production of biobased materials, products and fuels to create jobs, stimulate rural economic vitality, improve existing agricultural systems and contribute to our nation’s energy security.

The North Carolina State University project will use online courses to prepare students and teachers from underrepresented and rural areas to meet the workforce demands and advance the future of bioenergy and bioproducts in America’s bioeconomy.

Read more at nifa.usda.gov