Posted: October 9, 2019

Phase I proposals due October 28, 2019

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a global nonprofit building a sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Our scientists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and policy experts are focused on using food innovation to answer the question: How can we feed the world's growing population with safe and healthy foods produced through systems that benefit people, animals, and the planet? We focus on accelerating research, development, and the path to competitive commercialization for a promising solution to this question – namely, the production of meat through animal-free methods. GFI and its Science & Technology Team specifically work to catalyze research and development to improve the organoleptic properties, price point, and production capacity of plant-based and cell-based meat products. To that end, GFI established a Research Program in 2018, made possible by the generous donations of philanthropic supporters. This program supports essential research designed to solve many of the challenges facing these industries and seeks to create open-access tools and methods for the development of appetizing, affordable, and widely available alternative protein products. Now in its second iteration, this competitive research grant RFP will serve as the next strategic step for advancing the science of four categories of alternative proteins to supply the global demand for meat. These categories include plant-based proteins, animal cell culture, non-animal cell culture, and recombinant proteins. For an overview of these categories, please refer to GFI food scientist MJ Kinney's recent article, “Formulating With Animal-Free Ingredients," published by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Read the full solicitation here.

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