Action Items

We post Action Items and key up-coming Grants and RFPs that focus on and offer support for some element of waste conversion to energy, biofuels and bioproducts. If you see something coming up that everyone should know about so they can become engaged and respond directly, SAY SO: contact us with the relevant information that people need to act. There are always hearings and rulemakings that languish for want of Public Interaction.

Due 05/30/2015: Start-up Pitches to Sofinnova Renewable Chemistry Award

Sofinnova PartnersEuropean-based venture capital (VC) fund Sofinnova Partners has released a call for submissions toward the VC's Renewable Chemistry Start-up Award. The competition is open to young companies (<$5M annual revenue) or relevant projects active in renewable chemistry, industrial biotechnology or renewable fuels. The Top 5 companies will be selected by popular vote online and the winner will be selected at Bio World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology by an industry jury, where the award will be presented. A short on-line submission form is available on the Award notice home page and must be submitted by May 30, 2015.. On-line voting will close July 5, 2015, and the top five companies will then present their "elevator pitch" on July 20, 2015 to the panel of experts at the at 12th annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology taking place July 19-22, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. Sofinnova Partners is a leading European venture capital fund based in Paris investing in start-up and early stage companies across Europe and North America. 05/05/2015  

Due 06/15/2015: Pre-Proposals to NFF for US Forest and Grassland Innovation

National Forest FoundationThe National Forest Foundation (NFF) is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. Sponsor Craig R. Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of Intel and current Chairman of the NFF Board of Directors, described the purpose of this competition as "stimulating new ideas and cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders." The NFF recently announced the Challenge's 2014 winners in Washington, DC. The 2014 winning proposal seeks to grow a commercial agricultural market for biochar, a soil amendment that can be made from low-value woody biomass left over from forest restoration projects. Qualifying pre-proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm MDT, Monday, June 15, 2015.  Visit the website for more information on the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. 04/07/2015 

Due 06/15/2015: Comments to ODEQ on Reklaim Waste Conversion Facility

State of OregonThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has released a public notice requesting written comment on the proposed renewal of  the Conversion Technology Facility Permit held by Reklaim, Inc for its Boardman facility. Renewal of this permit allows the facility to continue to operate its tire pyrolysis operation in the conversion of pre-shredded waste tire crumbs into carbon black, metal, and fuel oil. Reklaim's waste conversion facility is located in Boardman on property owned by the Port of Morrow. The company successfully converted their previous Solid Waste Facility Permit to Oregon's recently-developed Conversion Technology permit in December of last year. Oregon DEQ completed a lengthy Conversion Technology Rulemaking process in 2012 and released its Conversion Technology rules in 2013. To submit comments to the public record, send to Shari Harris-Dunning, DEQ Eastern Region Solid Waste Permit Writer, 475 NE Bellevue Dr. Suite 110, Bend, Oregon 97701, or email to <> by 5pm, June 15, 2015. 05/18/2015 

Due 06/30/2015: Comments to CEC for Emerging Opportunities Solicitation

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to determine if there are areas in need of funding which have not been previously addressed by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). Responses received from this RFI, as well as staff research and public comments from the ARFVTP Investment Plan Advisory Committee workshops, will guide the development of the next solicitation that will utilize the Emerging Opportunities funding allocation. Comments should address one or more of the following concepts: 1) New funding areas that target projects which do not readily fit into current investment plan categories (with the exception of the Emerging Opportunities funding category); 2) A new federal cost-share solicitation similar to PON-13-604: and 3) A solicitation limited to small grants of $150,000 or less. Suggested funding areas should not duplicate or overlap with any existing or previous ARFVTP funding area. Suggested funding areas must be eligible for ARFVTP funding. Comments may be submitted through June 30, 2015, and must be emailed to <> and the subject line must begin with “RFI Emerging Opportunities”. 05/13/2015 

Due 09/14/2015: Applications to Elsevier Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

ElsevierThe Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is open to individuals or organizations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors from all countries.  Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries. Projects which are within their early stage are preferred. The winning project in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will receive a single payment of € 50,000; the winner of the second prize will receive a single payment of € 25,000. The submission system for the Challenge will open on June 1, 2015 (12:00 GMT). Upon registration, you will be able to access the online application. All submissions must be in English and submitted by September 14, 2015 (23:59 GMT). 05/20/2015 

Due 12/31/2015: Proposals to NYSERDA for AD Gas-to-Electricity

NYSERDAThe New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $20.4 million in Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) funding through 2015 to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)- to-Electricity Systems in the state. Funding is available under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2828 on a first-come, first-served basis; up to $2 million is available per project, depending on the project specifications. Application Packages must be received by NYSERDA on or before 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2015 or prior to the exhaustion of the available funding, whichever comes first. 07/31/2014  


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