The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) helps members develop and bring to market their innovative biobased and renewable chemical products through insightful policy and regulatory advocacy. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 1, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) issued a call for panel session proposals for the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.  Leaders from biotechnology, bioenergy, chemical, consumer products manufacturing, and agricultural industries as well as academia and financial sectors industries are invited to submit proposals to present on groundbreaking research and partnerships in the industrial biobased industry.  Specific program tracks for the 2017 World Congress include:  


 
Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms; 
 

 
Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials;
 

 
Agriculture Crop Technologies and Biomass Supply;
 

 
Flavors, Fragrances and Food Ingredients;
 

 
Synthetic Biology and Genomics Research;
 

 
Research and Technical Presentations; and
 
Growing Global Biobased Markets.

More information on submitting a proposal is available online.  The conference will be held July 23-27, 2017 , in Montreal, Canada.


 

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requested proposals for "Reducing EMbodied energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing." This funding opportunity is for the development of technologies that reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with the production and processing of industrial-scale materials. Up to $70 million is available through REMADE through 2020 with key focus areas including, but not limited to:

  • Information collection, standardization, and design tools for tracking materials, reducing waste, and predicting how a process will work with secondary feedstocks or reused materials;
     
  • Rapid gathering, identification, and sorting of end-of-life and waste materials;
     
  • Separating mixed materials;
     
  • Removal of trace contaminants; and
     
  • Robust and cost-effective reprocessing and disposal methods.

More information is available through the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Concept papers are due by July 28, 2016, at 5:00 pm (ET) and full applications are due by September 28, 2016, at 5:00 pm (ET).