- harnessing biotechnology and biomanufacturing R&D to further societal goals;
- data on the bioeconomy;
- building a vibrant domestic biomanufacturing ecosystem;
- biobased products procurement;
- biotechnology and biomanufacturing workforce;
- reducing risk by advancing biosafety and biosecurity;
- measuring the bioeconomy; and,
- international engagement.
The National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative was announced in a Sept. 12, 2022, White House Executive Order. In addition to the above and several other items, the order called for five federal departments and agencies – Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health & Human Services and the National Science Foundation to provide reports by March 1, 2023, about various aspects of the bioeconomy and the federal role and their respective agencies’ recommendations. Presumably, these two RFIs will help influence future policy actions and recommendations in those reports.