|The mission of the Biomass Incentive and Research Program is to promote the growth of North Dakota's biomass industry efforts through research and development. |
|North Dakota's Biomass and Incentive Research Program (BIR) was established by the Legislature in 2007 under the control of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The law provides that the Industrial Commission may implement this Program. The Industrial Commission is to consult with the Renewable Energy Council (REC). The Program's responsibilities include providing financial assistance for a front-end engineering and design study for a cellulosic ethanol and nanowhiskers project, establish an incentive program to assist the agricultural community to demonstrate the production, harvest, storage and delivery of biomass feedstock on a commercial scale to a private sector end user, provide funds for incentives, including producer payments to provide income support during the critical biomass stand establishment period of two years without harvest, in the case of native grasses, or other perennial biomass crops, work in cooperation with the Game and Fish Department to establish a private land open to sportsmen program biomass demonstration project, and establish a project on a scale sufficient to enable at least one group of cooperating agricultural producers, and preferably two groups in different regions of the state, to produce, harvest, store and deliver biomass feedstock to an end user at commercial scale.|
The 2007 Legislature established a Biomass Incentive and Research Fund and authorized that the Industrial Commission may transfer up to $2,000,000 for this program from other Industrial Commission agricultural programs.
The Industrial Commission has contracted with the Department of Commerce to provide technical assistance on the management of this Program.
|Meetings and Grant Round Dates:|
Grant round deadline dates will be May 1 and November 1 of each year. Additional grant round deadline dates may be established by the Industrial Commission of North Dakota. The first grant round deadline has been established for February 1, 2008.
|Technical Summaries - Summaries of all projects funded under the program.|
|Statute, Goals and Policies|
| Chapter 54-17-38|
| Biomass Program Goals|
| Biomass Program Policies|
| Submitting a Grant Application|
| Biomass Program Review Procedures|
| Biomass Program Application Rating Form|
| Biomass Program Technical Reviewer Agreement|
| Biomass Program Sample Contract|
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