Why alternative proteins?
It is impossible to achieve a more livable world without transforming the food system. We must reimagine meat production to secure a future of plenty: healthy lives and livelihoods, nature-rich lands and waters, and a thriving global community on this small, blue planet.
Plant-based and cultivated meat dramatically improve efficiency. They use less land. They cause less pollution. They reduce disease risk. They don’t require the use of antibiotics. They create good jobs. They can feed more people.
With alternative proteins, we can make meat that is better for the planet, people, and animals.
That’s why GFI and our global family of scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and generous donors are building a world where alternative proteins are no longer alternative.
We identify the most effective solutions
We generate original data and fill critical knowledge gaps in order to understand what actions will most effectively accelerate alternative proteins. We share all this information freely. Our insights are open-access to the entire alternative protein space.
Advancing solutions for alternative proteins
Explore commercial whitespaces, research gaps, technological needs, and investment priorities at each stage of the alternative protein value chain.
Lack of access to cell lines is a major barrier to cultivated meat research. This initiative is increasing access and funding the development of new lines.
See an overview of U.S. retail sales data for plant-based meat, egg, and dairy products, including market size, growth, and purchase dynamics.
Use our open-access databases to explore how scientific taxonomies and evolutionary relationships map onto culinary categories of seafood.
This global analysis of the cultivated meat industry covers investments, consumer insights, and scientific progress in this growing market sector.
This analysis of the U.S. plant-based meat, egg, and dairy market covers sales data, investment analytics, consumer insights, and more.
This analysis of fermentation for alternative protein production covers science, entrepreneurship, policy, and industry investments.
We mobilize resources and talent
Alternative proteins need more research funding, more infrastructure, and more talented people. Through our research grants program and targeted outreach to policymakers, companies, scientists, and students, we’re racing to close the gap.
Learn about cutting-edge alternative protein research funded by GFI. Find funding opportunities for your own research.
Government support will accelerate the growth of alternative proteins. Learn how GFI works to secure public funds for alternative protein research.
GFI’s Research Funding Database provides curated grant opportunities for open-access alternative protein research.
Students play a pivotal role in building the alternative protein ecosystem. Learn how you can start a student group to accelerate the global transition to the future of food.
Learn how to make a career and find open positions in the exciting field of alternative proteins.
Join the GFI team every quarter to learn about career opportunities in the alternative protein industry.
We foster collaboration and support the entire field
From advocating fair government policies to working with multinational industry incumbents and building a strong alt protein community, our work is designed to support anyone working on alternative proteins. We invite everyone to the table.
Cultivated meat must have an efficient regulatory path to market to be successful. Learn how GFI advocates clear and efficient regulations.
Alternative proteins need a fair competitive landscape. Learn how GFI advocates fair public policy that places all proteins on a level playing field.
Learn from and network with experts in alternative protein. GFIdeas is a community for entrepreneurs, scientists, students, and subject matter experts.
Use this directory to find scientific collaborators in the alternative protein field.
GFI is a proud partner of the CMMC, where GFI grantee Dr. Simon Kahan is improving bioreactor design for meat cultivation.
Fuel the future of food
All of our initiatives are powered exclusively by donors — people just like you. Give today and help us build a sustainable, secure, and just food system. Together, we go farther, faster.