US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to US$78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energys Bioenergy Technologies Office. Sources: Timberbiz and Energy Live News Organisations can bid for a share of the funding for projects including those that develop highly efficient conversion processes for importing the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams. Funding is also offered for research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be use as feedstocks for biofuels and bio products. The Department of Energy is focused on some of the most exciting research opportunities as well as the biggest technological challenges facing our diverse and abundant domestic bioenergy resources, Secretary Perry said. Through the funding opportunities announced today, US bioenergy resources, including algae, energy crops, and various waste streams, will be more efficiently and effectively converted into affordable biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.