NIFA bioenergy CAP program

USDA-NIFA Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects

USDA-NIFA Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects

USDA-NIFA currently funds 7 bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs) through Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Grants.  A good overview of the program can be found at the website of the National Extension Energy Summit, hosted by Colorado State University Extension:

Extension Activities in Regional Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy Systems: Coordinated Agricultural Projects − Michael Jacobson, Penn State Univ., Bill Hubbard, Univ. of Georgia, John Hay, Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln, Kevin Zobrist, Washington State Univ., Kenneth Gravois, Louisiana State Univ., Chad Martin, Purdue Univ., Nora Haider, Washington State Univ.

Explore the other NIFA bioenergy CAPs:


Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)
Lead Institute:  University of Washington
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Purpose grown woody crops (e.g. poplar)
Conversion platform target: Hybrid bio/thermochemical conversion
Industrial Partners: ZeaChem Inc.


Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)
Lead Institute:  Washington State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Forestry residuals
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  Gevo Inc., Weyerhaeuser


CenUSA bioenergy
Lead Institute:  Iowa State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Native perennial grasses (switchgrass, big bluestem, indian grass)
Conversion platform target:  Thermochemical (pyrolysis w/ biochar co-production)
Industrial Partners:  Archer Daniels Midland, Conoco-Phillips


Sustainable Bioproduct Initiative (SUBI)
Lead Institute:  Louisiana State University
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Sweet sorghum, energy cane
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  John Deere, Ceres Inc., Genencor, Optinol


Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS)
Lead Institute:  University of Tennessee
Awarded:  2011
Feedstock:  Switchgrass, pine, cold-tolerant Eucalyptus
Conversion platform target:  Thermochemical
Industrial Partners:  Rentech-ClearFuels, KiOR, Ceres Inc., Genera Energy


Northeast Woody / Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio)
Lead Institute:  Pennsylvania State University
Awarded:  2012
Feedstock:  Purpose-grown willow, miscanthus, switchgrass
Conversion platform target:  Biochemical
Industrial Partners:  Mascoma Biofuels, Praxair Inc., Primus Green Energy


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