The science of alternative proteins

Cultivated meat, plant-based foods and fermentation offer exciting research opportunities with huge societal benefits. 

As an international NGO, the Good Food Institute Europe works with scientists to develop, fund and promote open-access research on alternative proteins.

Dive into the alternative protein research ecosystem

Explore our pages below to learn more about our scientific work and how you can get involved, from our Alternative Protein Project student chapters, information on research funding and grant opportunities, free resources on a wide array of sustainable protein topics, and networking opportunities for existing researchers!

Resources for students and educators

Learn more about available courses, how to get alternative proteins on the curriculum at your institution, and our Alternative Protein Project university chapters.

Research funding

Learn more about key projects and available research funding for alternative protein projects.

Open access tools and resources

Explore our library of free-to access resources on plant-based, cultivated and fermentation-made meat, seafood, eggs and dairy.

Research community

Join our community of researchers today to forge connections, find industry and academic collaborators, and learn about the latest science.

Learn the science of alternative proteins

Sustainable protein innovation priorities initiative

Priority research areas

Advancing Solutions for Alternative Proteins (ASAP) is GFI’s database of research gaps, commercial whitespaces, technological needs, and investment priorities along the alternative protein value chain.

State of the Science

Alternative proteins offer some of the most game-changing research opportunities around the world. Here are the latest developments in the scientific ecosystem.

Latest science news

Meet the researcher: How researching plant-based foods changed this scientist’s perspective on processed products

As a researcher investigating the barriers stopping people from embracing more plant-based foods, Sarah Nájera Espinosa has plenty of personal…

Kemicentrum in Lund where Biotech Heights is based

Biotech Heights, the public-private collaboration to boost home-grown protein diversification in Sweden

A trip to Biotech Heights, a newly launched public-private partnership initiative based in Sweden.

Meet the researchers: Tapping into the unexplored potential of an ancient technology

A technological twist on a widely used food production system is enabling researchers to develop tasty and nutritious new products.

APP 2024: join the student movement shaping the future of food

From Portugal to Türkiye – students across Europe are taking a leading role in a global movement turning universities into…

An octopus swimming in the sea - demand for seafood currently threatens marine ecosystems

Meet the researcher: Expanding the tentacles of alternative seafood research with Frederico Ferreira

A researcher working to develop the first cultivated octopus product is at the heart of a €7 million project bringing…

“Per me, ora è molto peggio”. L’Italia alla prese con una fuga dei cervelli sulla scia del controverso divieto di utilizzo della carne coltivata

Dopo che l’Italia è diventata l’unico paese al mondo ad aver vietato la carne coltivata, parliamo con i ricercatori del…

“We will have to leave because we don’t have a future here.” Italian researchers fear brain drain in wake of controversial cultivated meat ban

Following the controversial cultivated meat ban, some fear an exodus of talented young scientists – particularly unwelcome given nearly 10%…

Research finding reached record levels in the UK in 2023

2023 was a record-breaking year for UK alternative protein research funding – here’s a recap

The results of a £15.6 million funding call round out a bumper year for British alternative protein researchers and entrepreneurs.