An airplane flying, with a trailer of biofuel in the foreground.

The required Concept Paper due date is July 8, 2022, at 5 PM ET.

The Full Application is due September 9, 2022, at 5 PM ET.

Note: to be eligible to submit a full application, you must submit a concept paper. 

Funding Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $59 million to accelerate the production of biofuels and bioproducts to reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors and create good-paying jobs in rural America. Marine and aviation sectors require higher energy densities to avoid frequent stops to refuel for long flights, international shipping routes, and cross-country rail routes, making these industries hard to decarbonize. Electrification is currently unable to meet these requirements, but sustainable, energy-dense, liquid biofuels are becoming a strong alternative to address these needs.

The “Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries” funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will advance biorefinery development and feedstocks improvement projects in alignment with a broader DOE strategy to support biorefinery projects that can produce sustainable renewable diesel and aviation, marine, and rail fuel at every stage of development. This FOA supports high-impact technology RD&D to accelerate the bioeconomy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation, marine, rail, and long-haul trucking industries.

This is the second in a series of “Scale-Up” FOAs. In September 2021, DOE awarded $64 million to 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. This FOA is expected to fund between four and 20 projects.

Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) is focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that are capable of producing low-carbon, cost-effective biofuels and co-products by 2030, as well as biofuel production pathways that can deliver at least 70% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum. BETO further aims to support the demonstration of 4-5 fully integrated biorefineries, thereby increasing the number of proven pathways to produce sustainable aviation fuels, as well as sustainable marine, long-haul trucking, and rail fuels, by 2030.

Topic Areas of Interest 

BETO is interested in the following topic areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Pre-Pilot Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries
  • Topic Area 2: Pilot Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries
  • Topic Area 3: Demonstration Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries
  • Topic Area 4: Gen-1 Corn Ethanol Emission Reduction

Application Information

An informational webinar will be held on June 15th, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET. Please note that there are no particular advantages or disadvantages to the application evaluation process with respect to participating in the webinar.

To apply, applicants must register with and submit application materials through a DOE online application portal at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov.

Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to FY22BETOScaleUp@ee.doe.gov.