Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource (EMBER)
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Funding Instrument Type:
Cooperative Agreement Grant Other Procurement Contract
Category of Funding Activity:
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. See the Eligibility Information section of the BAA for more information.
Department of Defense DARPA – Biological Technologies Office
Jul 13, 2021
Sep 27, 2021 See Full Announcement for details.
Last Updated Date:
Jul 13, 2021
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The Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource (EMBER) program aims to develop novel, bio-based technologies to overcome key challenges facing domestic supply of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) critical to the U.S. and Department of Defense (DoD). The EMBER program will leverage the diversity, specificity, and customizability of environmental microbiology to enable new biomining methods for separation, purification, and conversion of REEs into manufacturing-ready forms. Microbes (and/or biomolecules), including those from extreme or metal-rich environments, can be biologically engineered or adapted to bind, assimilate, and manipulate individual REEs. These biological components, once developed, may be assembled into an in-line separation, purification, and recovery workflow resulting in individual, purified REEs. Scalability of EMBER’s approach will be demonstrated with proof-of-concept, pilot scale studies aligned with existing mining/waste treatment infrastructure.
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