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Applied BioEnergy Research Program (Appx. A)

Applied BioEnergy Research Program (Appendix A) Internal Competitive Grant Program

The 2020 Request for Proposals was released September 11 (see PDF here). Proposals will be due to the ARC by electronic submission on November 15. Please note that there have been changes to the RFP since the 2018 cycle. For questions, contact Mark Hubbard (

In the 2007–09 biennium the Washington State Legislature funded a joint Washington State University (WSU) and Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) program targeting applied bioenergy research. The funds were requested by WSU and WSDA to undertake near term, applied research needed to successfully implement the Energy Freedom program and bioenergy initiatives enacted in 2006. Since 2007, WSU’s Agricultural Research Center and WSDA have collaborated on this research effort. The Appendix A funds have been directed to research projects coordinated by the WSU Department of Crops and Soils, as the Biofuels Cropping Systems project, and to research projects coordinated by the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering, in the area of energy conversion via anaerobic digestion of dairy wastes designed to support Washington State dairy and cattle farmers.

This program has evolved so that this call for proposals focuses on nutrient management of the remaining dairy wastes. In 2018, a competitive process was used to award the following 10 proposals:

Shulin Chen & Helmut Kirchhoff – Uptaking Nutrients from Dairy Wastewater for Algae Production

Manuel Garcia-Perez – Integrated Bio-char Strategy for Nutrient Recovery from Anaerobic Digestion

Shannon Neibergs and Joe Harrison – Liquid Effluents Nutrient Recycling and Diversion of Waste to Energy

Georgine Yorgey – Blending In-Person Approaches and Durable Extension Products to Improve Decision-Making for Nutrient Recovery Technologies and Manure-Derived Nutrient Products

Embry Bronstad, Georgine Yorgey and Chris Benedict – Third-Party Evaluations of Nutrient Management Technologies: A Case Study and a Protocol

Pius Ndegwa –  Low-cost nutrients recovery and management of anaerobically digested dairy manure

Embry Bronstad – A Novel, Microbially-Mediated Nitrogen Removal Process for Anaerobic Digester Effluent

Shulin Chen and Shannon Neibergs – Technology for Converting Excess Nitrogen in Dairy Manure to Fertilizer (1)

Shulin Chen and Haoying Tao – Technology for Converting Excess Nitrogen in Dairy Manure to Fertilizer (2)

Manuel Garcia-Perez – Liquid Effluent Final Polishing, Biogas Clean Up and Techno-economic Studies of Integrated Dairy Manure Bio-refinery