Run by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Bioproduct Pilot Program is intended to determine the economic, social, and environmental benefits of using materials derived from agricultural commodities in the development and manufacturing of construction or consumer products. Bioproducts are products derived from biological materials, ranging from packaging to any product that can be created using natural materials (as opposed to synthetically derived material).

Eligible Uses

This program directs the USDA to partner with no less than one qualified institution to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing, with the goal of providing a low-cost alternative to conventional products.

Eligible Recipients

Academic Institutions, non-profits, and for-profit businesses are all eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

$5 million in fiscal years 2022 and 2023

Cost Share Requirements

There are no cost-share requirements, though applying institutions must receive state funding.

Application Cycle

Funds are released annually, typically opening in the late spring and closing in late summer. General information on National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant applications can be found here.


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