BETO Waste Feedstocks and Conversion R&D - American Cities Climate Challenge
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BETO Waste Feedstocks and Conversion R&D

Federal Agency


Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)


To (1) support new strategies for energy and resource recovery from waste streams, curbing fugitive methane emissions, air and water quality impacts, odors, etc.; and (2) develop more robust organisms and catalytic processes for the conversion of sustainable feedstocks and intermediates into biofuels and bioproducts.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Broad eligibility for groups, governments, individuals, and consortia of the above, including alllowances for foreign entities. BETO is interested in the following Topic Areas: - TA 1: MSW Feedstock Technologies - TA 2: Robust Microbial Cells - TA 3: Robust Catalytic Processes - TA 4: Community Scale Resource and Energy Recovery from Organic Wastes

Decarbonization Considerations

BETO focuses on developing technologies that convert domestic lignocellulosic biomass and waste resources into affordable low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts that significantly reduce carbon emissions on a life-cycle basis as compared to equivalent petroleum-based products. These activities will ultimately aims to improve sustainable fuel production to meet the low-carbon (minimum of 70% decrease in GHGs) and affordable drop-in biofuels and aviation emission reduction goals.

Equity Considerations

Applicants are required to submit a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that describes the actions the applicant will take to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advance equity, and encourage the inclusion of individuals from these groups in the project; and the extent the project activities will be located in or benefit underserved communities.

Helpful Tips

BETO is focusing on applied RD&D to improve the performance and reduce cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. 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.

Other Notes


Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

Concept Paper due April 18, 2022 Application due June 7, 2022

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

15-27 total

Average Award (Estimated)

Varies by subtopic

Matching Funds

20% cost share required

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