ARPA-E Funding Opportunity for the Next Wave of Digital Agriculture

ARPA-E recently released a funding opportunity, Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM), to develop innovative new technologies for measuring emissions from agricultural feedstock production.

SMARTFARM projects will work to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. These technologies will work to reliably, accurately, and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions at the field level (i.e., scalable to >80 acres). If successful, feedstock producers will be able to leverage new, data-driven market incentives to catalyze efficiency improvements in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions.

Check out the ARPA-E Blog to learn about Dr. David Babson’s, SMARTFARM’s Program Director, vision for the program and the technologies of interest for Phase 2 of SMARTFARM. To read more about the program, click here.  Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs as soon as possible if you plan to submit a concept paper and/or proposal.  The internal deadline for these proposals is June 18, 2020.