Biomass Research and Development Initiative Competitive Grants Program (BRDI)

To carry out research on and development and demonstration of (A) biofuels and biobased products; and (B) the methods, practices, and technologies, for the production of biofuels and biobased products.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Biomass Gasification: A comprehensive Demonstration of a Community Scale Biomass Energy Program; High Value Chemical Production from Biodiesel-Derived Glycerol and
Sustainable Forestry for Bioenergy and Biobased Products.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a broad range of technologies to convert biomass to biofuels, bioproducts and biopower have been optimized. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved research and extension objectives.

Funds shall not be used for the construction of a new building or facility or the acquisition, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of an existing building or facility (including site grading and improvement, and architect fees).

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

Indirect costs may not exceed 22% of Federal Funds Awarded.

Matching Requirements:
20% for Research and Development Projects / 50% for Demonstration and Commercial Projects.

Fully discretionary.