This five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation is building Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The effort is composed of four major platforms: bioenergy, wind energy, energy utilization, and energy policy. This project, which began in 2012, is part of state-wide Iowa EPSCoR program.
An ambitious Iowa State University-based, this USDA sponsored, research project is investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels system for producing fuels from feedstocks derived from potentially high biomass producing herbaceous perennials using the pyrolytic conversion process.
The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) was founded in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) creating a NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The ERC program creates multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional centers that join academia, industry and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems. The ERCs also develop engineering graduates who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy.