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The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research and education that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment.  Example projects in these areas are shown below.

There are a number of programs within NSF that fund related research areas to those funded by the BBBE program.  For example, the Biomaterials program in the Division of Materials Research and the Biomedical Engineering program in CBET both fund research in the area of stem cell and tissue engineering, though each program has its own unique emphasis. 

The Energy for Sustainability and the Catalysis and Biocatalysis programs, within CBET, fund research related to the use of biological processes (metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and biocatalysis) to produce fuels and chemicals.

The Networks and Regulation cluster within the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division of the Biology Directorate funds research in systems and synthetic biology. 

Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the Program Directors of the BBBE and the other related programs to determine the best program for their proposal.

Listed below are selected Award Achievements and Highlights* that illustrate specific focus areas of this program:
  Focus Area   Fiscal
  Principal Investigator
with Link to Abstract

  Simplified Title
with Link to
Award Achievements
& Highlights*
* Biomass
and Biofuels
  2011   Papoutsakis, Eleftherios
University of Delaware
  Coming by Biofuels Naturally
* Biomass
and Biofuels
  2009   1. Kelly, Robert
North Carolina State University
2. Adams, Michael
University of Georgia
  Biohydrogen from Plant-based Biomass by High Temperature Microorganisms
* Biomass
and Biofuels
  2008   Liao, James
University of California-
Los Angeles
  Non-Fermentative Pathways for Synthesis of Branched-Chain Higher Alcohols as Biofuels
* Biopharmaceutical
  2010   Sharfstein, Susan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  GOALI: Antibody Engineering for Improved Productivity
* Biopharmaceutical
  2010   Miller, William
Northwestern University
  Niche-Inspired Expansion of Megakaryocytic Progenitors with High Polyploidization Potential
* Cellular Engineering   2009   Marten, Mark
U of Maryland Baltimore County
  Developing a Better Understanding of Cellular Recycling in Fungi
* Metabolic
  2009   1. Papoutsakis, Eleftherios
Northwestern University
2. Papoutsakis, Eleftherios
University of Delaware
  Metabolic Engineering of Spore Formation
* Metabolic
  2008   Chen, Wilfred
University of California-
  Engineering Plant-Microbe Symbiosis for Rhizoremediation
* Protein Design
and Engineering
  2010   Maranas, Costas
Pennsylvania State University
University Park
  Development of Computational Tools and Experimental Verifications for Protein Design
* Stem Cell and
Tissue Engineering
  2011   Rao, Raj
Virginia Commonwealth University
  Producing Safe Stem Cells
* Stem Cell and
Tissue Engineering
  2011   Schmidt, Christine
University of Texas at Austin
  Understanding Nerve Regeneration
* Synthetic Biology   2011   Voigt, Christopher
University of California-
San Francisco
  Programming Salmonella to Spin Spider Silk
* Synthetic Biology   2010   Schmidt-Dannert, Claudia
University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities
* Systems Biology   2009   1. Arnold, Jonathan
University of Georgia
2. Logan, David
Clark Atlanta University
3. Arnold, Jonathan
University of Georgia
  First Working Model of the Biological Clock

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