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

FUNDING: Early Career Research Program: Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development


Applications are requested for systems biology-driven, basic research on the fundamental principles of sustainable bioenergy feedstocks in relationship to their ecosystem context. Proposed projects should be hypothesis-driven and focus on understanding feedstock productivity and the effects of nutrient availability and abiotic stresses (e.g., drought, heat, salt, light, etc.). A deep understanding of these processes and their integration into predictive modeling frameworks will enable the potential development of bioenergy crops that require less agronomic inputs, are tolerant to climatic and environmental stressors, and are resilient and/or adaptable to changing conditions. Species of interest include, but are not limited to, candidate bioenergy crops such as sorghum, energy cane, Miscanthus, switchgrass, Populus, etc., as well as non-food oilseed crops such as Camelina. Field research is encouraged as well as simplified laboratory environments as long as they result in knowledge that can be extrapolated to field settings.

Funding Announcement Detail

  • Funding Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002421
  • Funding Announcement: PDF
  • Submission Deadline for Pre-applications: November 20, 2020
  • Pre-application Response Date: December 17, 2020
  • Submission Deadline for Applications: February 16, 2021
  • Technical Contacts: Pablo Rabinowicz, [email protected]