Acacia Smith, GFI Europe Policy Manager

Acacia Smith

Senior Policy Manager

Acacia focuses on securing public funding for sustainable protein research and development.

Areas of expertise: sustainable protein research funding, EU and national government science policy, climate and environmental policy.

Acacia works with scientists, policymakers and other organisations to secure government funding for plant-based and cultivated meat innovation, and make researchers aware of funding opportunities.

She is based in Brussels, Belgium, and her background is in European environmental policy, international development in the European Commission, and with New Zealand’s Mission to the EU.

Our policy team works at the EU and national levels

Public research funding

Acacia leads our work to secure public funding for sustainable protein research. Learn more about her work and access R&D resources.

Latest updates from Acacia

Microscope

UK government invests in cultivated meat commercialisation

The UK government has invested £1 million to develop and commercialise stem cell lines, helping companies produce cultivated meat.

Mosa Meat cultivated meatball

Netherlands to make biggest ever public investment in cellular agriculture

The Dutch government has announced a record €60 million of funding for cultivated meat and precision fermentation.

Family shopping in supermarket

Almost half of European flexitarians want more plant-based options

Nearly half of European consumers who want to eat less meat by switching to plant-based products think not enough options are available.

Denmark Parliament supports plant-based investment

Denmark announces 1 billion kroner for plant-based foods in historic climate agreement

The Danish government has announced over 1.25 billion kroner (€168 million) to advance plant-based foods, as part of an unprecedented climate agreement.

Scientist researching plant-based meat

Horizon Europe announces €32 million for sustainable proteins

Horizon Europe has announced €32 million in funding, in its biggest-ever package of support covering plant-based, cultivated meat and fermentation.