(August 30, 2016) A joint research proposal between Virginia Tech and N.C. State University, recently submitted by Paul T. Norton Endowed Professor Dr. Subhash Sarin, has been awarded by USDA/DOE under their BRDI (Biomass Research and Development Initiative) program. The proposal is entitled “Mid-Atlantic Biomass Sorgum Collaborative to Optimize Agronomic Production and Growth Profitability,” and it was headed by North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The award has been officially announced by Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education & Economics (REE) mission area. Dr. Sarin’s proposal was one of only five funded by USDA and the largest in amount, and one of only two funded by DOE.
The project is being funded over three years. Dr. Sarin is one of the Co-PIs for this project, and his effort will be focused on developing a cost-effective biomass (sorgum) feedstock logistic system.