This Opportunity Grant proposal to the Iowa Energy Center (IEC) is to generate data that will strengthen our competiveness for biofuels-related funding opportunities from the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). DOE has noted that the co-production of bioproducts will be essential to making cost competitive biofuels. We are proposing a process to deoxygenate byproduct lignin to aromatics and olefins, which are large volume chemicals that are significantly more valuable than fuels. The current best case economics for cellulosic ethanol is $2.31/gallon with lignin being used for boiler fuel. We estimate that the recovery of aromatics and olefins from lignin would drive the cost of cellulosic ethanol below $2.00/gallon. Our concept of deoxygenating lignin-derived species to aromatics and olefins was invited to the recent DOE FOA entitled MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels. Unfortunately, we were not selected for funding and we believe that our proposal weakness was that we had demonstrated the deoxygenation technology in a batch micropyrolyzer system and not with a larger bench-scale continuous pyrolysis system. Therefore, we are requesting funding to scale our conversion technology, so that we will be in a stronger position for the next DOE opportunity.