Looking ahead – the scientists leading alt protein research and eight trends to watch this year

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Food Innovation Newsletter

January 8, 2021

A Note From the Editors

We hope you and your loved ones have had a healthy start to 2021.

On the heels of a challenging 2020, we’d like to begin this year by highlighting a GFI initiative that makes us particularly hopeful for the future: our competitive research grants program. By empowering high-quality research that will produce open-access data designed to accelerate the development of plant-based and cultivated meat across the industry, GFI and our family of donors are helping build the scientific foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and just global food system. We invite you to learn more about this program below and dive into the incredible research being conducted by our current grantees.

Please stay tuned for more information about research grant opportunities in the coming weeks.?????

–– Team GFI

GFI Program Spotlight

Alternative Protein Research, Powered by Philanthropy

Since its inception in 2018, GFI’s research grant program has awarded more than
$7+ million to projects around the world. Funded entirely by generous donors, these research initiatives span the alternative protein field: from crop breeding and product formulation for plant-based meat to cell line development and bioprocess scale up for cultivated meat. Meet the scientists leading open-access research.

From Our Blog

Top Eight Alternative Protein Trends to Watch in 2021

Which alternative protein trends will captivate consumers and earn a greater share of the plate in 2021? GFI’s team of experts has identified eight industry and product innovation trends to track in the New Year.
??????Here’s what to watch for in 2021 |Share this blogGFI’s Top 20 Moments for Alternative Proteins in 2020

From holding our first-ever symposium on fermentation to helping establish a new sustainability certification for plant-based seafood, to hosting a cultivated meat tasting event with the Prime Minister of Israel, GFI took major strides in 2020 toward building a better food system.
Check out our top 20 moments of 2020 |Share this blog

Upcoming Events

Fermentation-Enabled Alternative Protein Innovation Digital Summit | January 26-28, 2021

Don’t miss GFI startup growth specialist Nate Crosser’s panel at this upcoming event! Nate will speak on day one about key innovations in fermentation technologies advancing the alternative protein industry. He will also explore the present and future of fermentation-enabled alternative proteins and ingredients. ???Get your tickets today.

Find more upcoming (virtual) conferences, pitch competitions, workshops, and networking opportunities for good food innovators on our events calendar.

Funding Opportunities

Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness $30k Innovation Prize

The application for the sixth annual Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Prize is now live! Student founders and teams in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in the sustainable food and agriculture space can earn funding, dedicated industry mentorship, and more. The application deadline is January 31––submit yours here.XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a four-year, $15 million competition focused on incentivizing teams to produce “structured, nutritious, affordable, and versatile” plant-based and cultivated alternatives to conventionally produced chicken and fish. ???As one of three XPRIZE partners, GFI is proud to be providing pro bono scientific advisory support to the competing teams. Register to participate!