42 U.S. Code § 17035. University based research and development grant program

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(a) Establishment

The Secretary shall establish a competitive grant program, in a geographically diverse manner, for projects submitted for consideration by institutions of higher education to conduct research and development of renewable energy technologies. Each grant made shall not exceed $2,000,000.

(b) EligibilityPriority shall be given to institutions of higher education with—
established programs of research in renewable energy;
locations that are low income or outside of an urbanized area;
a joint venture with an Indian tribe; and
proximity to trees dying of disease or insect infestation as a source of woody biomass.
(c) Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $25,000,000 for carrying out this section.

(d) DefinitionsIn this section:
(1) Indian tribe

The term “Indian tribe” has the meaning as defined in section 15823(c) of this title.

(2)Renewable energy

The term “renewable energy” has the meaning as defined in section 16181 of this title.

(3) Urbanized area

The term “urbanized area” has the meaning as defined by the U.S.Bureau of the Census.

Effective Date

Section effective on the date that is 1 day after Dec. 19, 2007, see section 1601 of Pub. L. 110–140, set out as a note under section 1824 of Title 2, The Congress.