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Center for Bioenergy Research & Development

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I/UCRC Center for Bioenergy Research and Development  (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Bioenergy Research and Development is a multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Its focus is to help the nation meet its goal of augmenting the petroleum-based economy with renewable energy, chemicals, and biomaterials.  The center's mission is to conduct collaborative research focused on developing biofuel technologies and enabling the widespread commercialization of biofuels, particularly those based on lignocellulose, fats, and oils.

NSF's I/UCRC program features high-quality, industrially relevant research, strong industrial support and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry. With industrial and other support totaling 10-15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example of how to leverage federal funding to synergize the research and development process.

Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support graduate students performing industrially relevant and interdisciplinary research. The Center for Bioenergy Research and Development aims to produce highly qualified professionals at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.

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