$21M+In open-access research support
118Grants awarded since 2019
21Countries where GFI has funded research

Catalytic research, powered by donors

Protecting our environment, feeding the world, and revitalizing economies require a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. A strong open-access research environment and talent pipeline are essential to fostering good food innovation.

As a nonprofit, GFI is uniquely positioned to empower high-quality research that will build the scientific foundation of the alternative protein industries. Our philanthropy-driven research program answers fundamental questions that can spin off entire industries, inspiring additional research and creating new opportunities to feed the world. 

All of GFI’s work is made possible thanks to generous donors. Philanthropic support is vital to our mission. To discuss how you can be part of this transformative work with your gift or grant, please contact philanthropy@gfi.org.

GFI’s Research Grant Program

Gfi research grant program

Our program is dedicated to achieving three primary objectives: addressing technical bottlenecks, catalyzing further funding, and fostering collaborations to attract new talent to the field. To meet these goals, we annually release requests for proposals (RFPs) inviting open-access research focused on enhancing organoleptic properties, reducing costs, and scaling up alternative proteins. 

In general, we are seeking to fund innovative projects that will specifically advance the science and technology of the plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated meat industries. “Meat” includes seafood such as fish and shellfish. Each RFP identifies priorities for research and can be submitted from any sector (academia, government, industry, nonprofits, etc.). 

To date, we have funded research in over twenty different countries across five continents, and we will continue to focus on providing funding for the best research from around the world. 

Check back in spring 2025 for more information on our next RFP release.

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Alt Protein Research Directory

Join this vibrant research community and explore the global landscape of researchers working to advance the science of plant-based meat, cultivated meat, and fermentation. Use the researcher directory to connect with like-minded peers, discover researchers seeking to apply their expertise, and explore new avenues of collaboration with students, laboratories, and companies.

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Research Grant Program projects

Explore the Research Grant Program awarded project portfolio to meet the scientists and researchers breaking boundaries in alt protein research.

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Research funding database

GFI’s research funding database provides curated grant opportunities for open-access alternative protein research.

Additional resources

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Research grants tracker

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Solutions Database

Explore startup ideas, commercial opportunities, research projects, and investment priorities throughout the alternative protein supply chain.

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Alternative Protein Researcher Directory

Explore the global landscape of researchers working to advance the science of plant-based meat, cultivated meat, and fermentation.

The alternative protein ecosystem map

The alternative protein ecosystem

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GFIdeas Community

Learn from and network with experts in alternative protein. GFIdeas is a community for entrepreneurs, scientists, students, and subject matter experts.