Genomic Science Program
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

Systems Biology for Energy and the Environment

The Genomic Science program pursues fundamental research to understand, predict, manipulate, and design plant and microbial systems for innovations in renewable energy, insights into environmental processes, and biotechnological breakthroughs supporting the U.S. bioeconomy.

News & Funding

Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program Office Hours

May 23, 2024

Join BER Program Managers the fourth Tuesday of each month for virtual office hours to learn about BER programs and ask questions.

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Three New BERAC Reports: Unified Data Infrastructure, Project Assessment, and Low-Dose Radiation

May 23, 2024

Reports include: A Unified Data Infrastructure for BER Research, Assessment of BER Research in Low-Dose Radiation, and Project Assessment for Biological and Environmental Research

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New Report: Overcoming Barriers in Plant Transformation: A Focus on Bioenergy Crops

Apr 11, 2024

New BER report on transformation and editing needs and barriers focused on bioenergy crops.

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DOE Accepting Applications: Undergraduate Internships

Mar 18, 2024

Submit SULI and CCI applications by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

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Mar 12, 2024

DOE seeks applications for Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) and Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR).

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FUNDING: DOE SCGSR Program 2024 Solicitation 1 Cycle

Feb 7, 2024

Applications for DOE's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program 2024 Solicitation 1 cycle due Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5pm ET.

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FUNDING: Early Career Research Program

Dec 19, 2023

DOE seeks applications for the Early Career Research Program. Pre-applications due January 30th.

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Providing the foundational genomics-based knowledge needed to produce and deconstruct renewable plant biomass and convert it to sustainable fuels, chemicals, and other bioproducts.

Biosystems Design

Accelerating the ability to securely design, build, and control plants and microbes for beneficial purposes such as clean energy, biomaterials, and carbon sequestration.

Environmental Microbiome

Developing a process-level understanding of how plant and soil microbial communities impact the cycling and fate of carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment.

Select BRC Highlights

First demonstration of targeted gene editing in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus


Split Selectable Genetic Markers Enable Multi-Gene Plant Transformation


Soil Structure Influences Root Growth and Carbon Storage


Hybrid Biological and Chemical Process for Upcycling Mixed Plastics


Our Numbers

Budget FY21
Publications 2000-2023
Citations 2017-2021
Gigabases sequenced FY22
Researchers supported