Bioproducts Pilot Program Aims to Boost Economic Development in Rural America

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This crucial program aims to study the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural products for the manufacture of construction and consumer products. It directs the USDA to partner with qualified institutions to support the growing industry of sustainable bioproducts manufacturing, with the goal of providing low-cost alternatives to conventional everyday products. A total of $10 million is available for the program.

In collaboration with USDA Rural Development’s BioPreferred Program, BPP seeks research proposals that explore the benefits of bioproducts in relation to:

  • Cost savings compared to other commonly used alternative materials
  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental benefits compared to their commonly used alternative materials
  • Extended life cycle and longevity characteristics compared to other commonly used alternative materials
  • Features reducing life cycle and longevity compared to other commonly used alternative materials
  • Reduced amount of landfill and waste management costs
  • Product development and production scale-up
  • Any other benefits that the secretary deems appropriate

The bioeconomy is an imperative movement for the economic development of rural America. Investment in these new companies and technologies will support research, development and manufacturing of bioproducts for construction and consumer goods. It is good for the farmers who grow the raw materials.

Manufacturing bioproducts will reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce carbon emissions. Increasing the production, distribution and sale of bio-based products will stimulate the growth of rural economies while reducing the marketing risks associated with bringing bio-based products to market. This will help continue USDA’s department-wide efforts to develop a circular economy where resources can be sustainably extracted, consumed, and reused, and to ensure that economic benefits improve the livelihoods of rural communities. .

NIFA held a listening session on April 28 and an Information Request for Candidates (RFA) webinar on July 14, which was attended by 186 potential candidates. Do you have any questions? Visit the program’s FAQ page.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, August 31. Information on eligibility and more can be found on the program’s funding opportunities page.

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