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Alternative protein research grants

Fund Name

Alternative protein research grants

Project Length

Up to 24 months

Project Value

Up to $50k



This Request for Proposals (RFP) is soliciting research proposals aimed at tackling urgent scientific and technological challenges within the alternative protein industry.  GFI (Good Food Institute) support early to mid-stage research proposals, corresponding to a technology readiness level (TRL) of 1-6.


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Fund details

GFI is seeking proposals for three key topic areas:

Priority A: Upcycled plant proteins
Improve the functionality of known food industry sidestreams using emerging processing methods/technology with a calculated sidestream volume, limited economic assessment, and end-product demonstration.

Priority B: Next-gen fermentation downstream processing
Sustainable and low-cost approaches for downstream food protein isolation from precision fermentation biomanufacturing.

Priority C: Hydrolysates for cultivated meat
Optimise raw material processing and characterization to enable lower-cost and higher-performing hydrolysate ingredients for cultivated meat media.


Submissions are open to applicants from all sectors worldwide, encompassing academia, government, industry, and nonprofits.

Funding amount per project: Up to 250,000 USD with up to 50,000 USD additional funding for projects partnering with researchers and/or industry stakeholders not previously engaged in alternative protein research.

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