Research funding

Get inspired by ongoing research into the most pressing pre-competitive challenges for alternative protein science, and find funding opportunities for your own research.

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Find research funding

GFI’s research funding database provides curated grant opportunities for alternative protein research and innovation. Learn how to use this database in this 2-minute tutorial.

Collaborations with external research projects

Learn more about how we can support research projects here. We work with a number of exciting projects innovating in alternative protein science.

Smart Protein project

This project aims to develop plant-rich foods from plants, fungi, and byproducts from regeneratively farmed organic legumes grown in Europe.

Giant Leaps

Giant Leaps develop methodology, datasets and innovations to accelerate the dietary shift towards sustainability and circularity, focussing on allergenicity, nutrition and food safety.


HealthFerm is working to understand the impact of fermentation on human health and how fermentation can be leveraged to enhance the use of sustainable plant-based raw materials. It funds research exploring these topics.

ValPro Path

ValPro Path is a European Comission funded project aiming to establish a concrete pathway and necessary tools to facilitate the future European Partnership for Sustainable Food Systems, to be launched in 2024.


CARMA (Cellular Agriculture Manufacturing Hub) is a £12M research centre at the University of Bath, focused on scaling and commercialising cellular agriculture technologies such as cultivated meat and precision fermentation.


NextGen is a now finished project that supported the creation of a sustainable, affordable protein supply chain, with a focus on scientific life cycles and circular approaches. The outputs of the project can be found on their website linked below.


Circalgae aims to develop sustainable algae-based biorefineries and products supporting the health of aquatic ecosystems for a healthy planet and people.

CellFood Hub

The CellFood Hub is a Danish project seeking to expand and support the fledgeling cultivated meat sector in Denmark.

Research grant opportunities

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GFI’s research grant programme

Powered by donations from a small number of generous donors, our research grant programme funds open-access alternative protein research. Learn about the projects we’re funding and find funding opportunities for your own research.

Research grants tracker

Explore our alternative protein research grants tracker to discover insights about open-access research across Europe, including what’s being funded, who is funding it, at what levels, and more.

Investment in research and innovation is a key priority for our policy work, find out more about our policy work to boost research into alternative proteins, and check out our Global Policy Report, to see how Europe fits into the global research landscape.

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.

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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.

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.

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Stella Child

Research and Grants Manager

Stella leads our work to grow the alternative proteins research ecosystem across Europe secure grant funding for open-access research.