GTL Bioenergy Research Centers

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Applications due: Feb. 1, 2007

The Genomics: GTL program (GTL) in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a systems biology research program with the mission goal of developing the science, technology, and knowledge base to harness microbial and plant systems for cost-effective renewable energy production, carbon sequestration, and environmental remediation.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) requests that the scientific community submit applications for the establishment of GTL Bioenergy Research Centers that develop novel biological solutions for the production of such fuels as cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen or for other groundbreaking bioenergy research with the potential to revolutionize biology-based energy production.

This FOA describes the establishment of up to two multidisciplinary research and technology development Centers that will conduct comprehensive, integrated research and training programs in energy-related systems and synthetic biology. The Centers will involve diverse disciplines that could include genomics, microbial and plant biology genetics, proteomics, physiology, biochemistry, structural and computational biology, bioinformatics, and engineering. The FOA does not include funding for construction of new buildings.

Each Center will be funded for up to $125 million over five years: $25 million in the first year for start-up costs and up to $25 million per year for operations during the subsequent four years.

Proposals should focus on the development of a single research Center. DOE intends to fund up to two research Centers.

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