The US has chosen 10 bioenergy projects that will receive a share of funding worth $12.6 million.
The projects will be aimed at improving plant feedstock for the production of biofuels and bio-based projects.
It is part of President Barack Obama’s broader effort to boost clean energy development and decrease dependence on foreign oil.
US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “Biofuels and bio-based products offer the potential of home-grown American resources that can reduce our dependence on imported oil and also cut carbon emissions. This advanced research is helping us to lay the groundwork for biomass as an important part of the low carbon future.”
The grants were awarded under a joint Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture programme, with the aim of harnessing non-food plant biomass for the production of fuels such as ethanol.