U.S. Department of Agriculture- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) awards research grants through the South Central Sun Grant Program’s (SC-SGP) regional competitive grants program. A total of $750,000 is allocated to fund five projects from across the South Central region. This year’s grant provides support for multi-institutional and multi-state research, extension and education programs that are aimed at developing alternative biobased energy sources and products.
The grants awarded are as follows:
- Butanol Production with High Yield and Carbon Conversion Using Novel Biocatalysts led by Hasan Atiyeh, Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University.
- Biochars from Excelsior Woody Biomass Residues for Improved Poplar Production led by Catherine Brewer, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, New Mexico State University.
- Cloud-based Decision Support System Integrating Biomass Quality, Uncertainty and Risk to Optimize the Production of Second-generation Biofuels led by Krystel Castillo, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-San Antonio.
- Low temperature plasma gasification to utilize diverse carbonaceous feedstocks led by Ajay Kumar, Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University.
- Heat and Drought Effects on the Oil Formation of Southern Great Plains Winter Canola led by Michael Stamm, Associate Agronomist (Canola Breeder), Kansas State University.
These research grants are indicative of USDA-NIFA’s continued commitment to enhance bioenergy and biomass research and development program through Sun Grant Program.