Public research funding

Public research funding

The Good Food Institute Israel’s policy team works to boost public research and development funding to make alternative proteins delicious and affordable for everyone.

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Why should governments fund
alternative protein research?

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Just as they fund research and development into green energy, governments interested in addressing climate change, as well as enhancing public health and food security, should fund open-access research into plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood.

Companies are already developing these foods, but it will take government investment to accelerate progress, bring prices down, and make these options available everywhere.

Public sector investment in open-access research can address foundational issues and support the growth of a whole sector rather than just one company. Governments can transform meat production systemically—maximizing the societal benefits of plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meat.

How does the Israeli government support alternative protein research?

GFI Israel has been working with the Israeli government to fund alternative protein research in Israeli academia, focusing on filling gaps in the sector and drawing new expertise to the field.

In July 2022, GFI Israel, in collaboration with the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developments, launched a collaborative call for research proposals that would improve a final product or enhance a production process. With a total budget of US$4 million, we funded 15 projects for a period of two years.

In September 2022, food tech and alternative proteins were selected as one of the top 5 R&D priorities in Israel, including plant-based substitutes for meat, dairy, and eggs; cultivated dairy, meat, and seafood made from cells; and various fermentation processes and products.

In September 2023, for the second time, GFI Israel launched our collaborative call for research proposals with the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology. This initiative solicited proposals that involved interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or meat science.

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How does GFI Israel secure public funding for sustainable protein research?

GFI Israel works with scientists, policymakers, and other organizations to secure government funding for plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meat research and makes scientists aware of funding opportunities.

What we do

  • We share information and research with policymakers and the wider stakeholder field, showing how plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meat can help address major societal challenges such as climate change, food security, and the spread of zoonotic diseases.
  • We work with public institutions and ministries to ensure public funding is available for research to improve the taste and reduce the price of plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meat. We then share our expertise to help direct that investment toward the highest-impact areas
  • We collaborate with different countries, innovation authorities, multilateral organizations, and international research funds interested in food systems to secure public funding for international collaborations around R&D for alternative proteins.

How you can help

Our research, insights, and advocacy are only possible thanks to our generous, global family of donors. GFI Israel is 100% powered by philanthropy. You can fuel this transformative work by supporting us today.