The Sun Grant Initiative, through funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), administers a competitive research program for land-grant universities and their partners. Each of the five Sun Grant Centers manages its own regional competitive grants program to best meet the challenges of bioenergy and biomass research and education needs within their respective regions. Each Center utilizes approximately 75% of their total funding for competitive grant projects. The remaining funds are used internally to build Center capacity.
Working with the Sun Grant Initiative, the US Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) organized a team of federal agency specialists to identify the nation's leading research priorities to be addressed in order to develop renewable bio-based transportation fuels. These national priorities for renewable transportation development include: biofuel feedstock development, biofuels conversion processes, biofuel system analysis, economics, marketing and policy, and environmental impacts.
Department of Transportation Research Grant Awardees: