Washington State University is the leading institution for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) and the five-year, $40 million grant to help develop wood-based alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. The WSU-led consortium includes 15 partners ranging from private companies to public research institutions, along with over 50 principal investigators.

With its long-term leadership in wood-based materials, engineering, and strong land-grant extension program, WSU is uniquely qualified to develop hands-on research needed to make a sustainable aviation biofuels industry a reality. WSU conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university. One of the nation’s top public research institutions, WSUstands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to The Carnegie Foundation classification. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the University among the top 60 public universities. In addition to the Pullman campus, WSU has campuses in Spokane, the Tri-cities, and Vancouver, extension offices in every county, and online degree programs accessible worldwide.