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Competitive Research funding opportunities from the Sun Grant Western Regional Center (WRC).


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Competitive Grants Program

Sun Grant Western Regional Center
2016 Competitive Grants Program

Funded by US Department of Agriculture


Letter of Intent:    Monday, February 1, 2016 (5pm Pacific) 
   Application:           Monday, March 30, 2016 (5pm Pacific)


The Sun Grant Western Regional Center (SGW) announces the availability of funds through its Competitive Grants Program to support research, education and outreach projects in three strategic program areas:

Strategic Program Areas

  1. Decentralized and distributed feedstocks and energy systems; efforts will support deployment of commercial scale biomass electrical generation and co-generation efforts and production of biofuels and bioproducts from multiple feedstocks that exploit the economic benefits of complementary aggregation;
  2. Novel feedstocks for bioenergy, bioproducts, and biofuels from agricultural or forestry residues; and
  3. Life cycle analysis and sustainability


The SGW has identified the above named regional priorities from within USDA strategic areas, based upon prior regional priority setting workshops and consultation with regional experts. SGW seeks proposals with an emphasis on these strategic regional program areas.

In addition to requesting Sun Grant funds, all proposals must include an additional 25% (auditable) in project cost-share (20% of total project cost is required). Indirect is limited by USDA to 25% of direct costs (or 20% total project cost). Integration, economics, marketing, policy, education or a combination of these overarching activities may be incorporated in any proposal. Two types of applications are being sought:

Collaborative Proposals:   Multi-institutional and multi-functional (research, education and outreach) proposals are sought that address Sun Grant goals and regional priorities. Collaborative proposals may request up to $150,000 in federal funds per year for up to two years but is subject to appropriation of funds. No more than 50% of available funds will be awarded in Year 1

Single Institution Proposals:  Individual investigators, or small teams from a single institution, that address the Sun Grant mission and regional priorities may submit proposals requesting up to $75,000 per year for one to two years but is subject to appropriation of funds. No more than 50% of available funds will be awarded in Year 1.

In order to submit a proposal, a Letter of Intent must be submitted by February 1, 2016. Full applications are due by March 30, 2016. All application materials must be submitted through an online proposal system located at


The full call can be viewed and downloaded at SUN GRANT WESTERN CENTER USDA FULL REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS


Additional forms are available for download below.


Supporting Forms and Models 

 (Common to USDA Applications)

Support & Conflict of Interest Instructions (Word)
Current and Pending Support Page (Word)
Conflict of Interest Form (Word)
Generic Logic Model for NIFA Reporting

External Funding Opportunities

May 3, 2011

Hawaiian Electric Company Issues New Biofuel RFP

On April 29, 2011, Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to forty-two (42) million gallons of sustainably produced, renewable biofuel per year to fuel the Kahe Generating Station (KPP) for a term of two (2) years to commence as early as July 2014.

Submission deadline for the proposals is July 29, 2011.



USDA Announces May Deadline for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Proposals

USDA Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Val Dolcini announced the deadline for project area proposals for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). To be considered, proposals must be submitted to the applicable state office by close of business, May 27, 2011. 

For more information, visit the USDA Farm Service Agency’s website at or contact Kelly Novak at 202.720.4053 or [email protected]. The BCAP project area proposal submission form is available online at BCAP Form 20 (PDF,

ARPA-E Announces $130 Million for Advanced Research Projects

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $130 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop five new program areas focused on rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics.

For more information about current funding opportunities visit the ARPA-E website.



U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will help create a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of alternative renewable fuels and biobased products.  

Applicants seeking BRDI funding must propose projects that integrate science and engineering research in the following three technical areas that are critical to the broader success of alternative biofuels production:

  • Feedstock Development
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products Development
  • Biofuels Development Analysis

Subject to annual appropriations, USDA plans to invest up to $25 million with DOE contributing up to $5 million for this year's Biomass Research and Development Initiative. This funding is expected to support five to ten projects over three to four years. A description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found on the FedConnect website and the website under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000510. Pre-applications are due on May 31, 2011 and must be submitted electronically. It is anticipated that applicants who are encouraged to submit full applications will be notified by August 3, 2011.