Good Food Institute Annual Call for Research into Alternative Proteins

GFI’s 2023 competitive grant programme invites proposals from researchers at any career stage anywhere in the world for projects addressing specified scientific topics concerning alternative proteins.

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a US-based international non-profit organisation that promotes plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated meat.

GFI’s research grant programme runs an annual call for proposals for research projects that address scientific and technological challenges facing the alternative protein industry.

The 2023 Request for Proposals invites submissions for consideration for the Institute’s Field Catalyst Grants, targeted funding opportunities focused on the following specified scientific and technological topics:

  1. Extrusion 2.0: Enhancing traditional extrusion through process innovation and mechanistic evaluations of protein texturisation.
  2. Developing tools and knowledge to promote stemness and proliferation in seafood cell cultures.
  3. Data collection and curation to inform the development of genome-scale metabolic models for optimization of feedstock formulation and feed conversion.
  4. Improving feedstock availability for food fermentation in biomass and precision fermentation platforms.

Applications submitted from any sector (academia, government, industry, or non-profit organisations) and from around the world are eligible for consideration.

A total of $3.75 million is available under the 2023 RFP.

Individual project budgets (including indirect costs) may not exceed $250,000. Multi-partner proposals may request an additional $100,000 to support collaborations in which at least one of the collaborating partners has not previously worked on alternative protein research.

Field Catalyst Grants typically do not exceed 24 months in duration.

Applications to the 2023 programme must be submitted by 21 September 2023 (16:00 ET).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)