Four countries jointly promote projects for alternative proteins

Switzerland, Israel, Sweden and Singapore have launched a call for project ideas for researching or developing alternative proteins. Innosuisse and the other national funding organizations provide funding for consortia from at least two of the participating countries.

The innovation agencies of Switzerland, Israel, Sweden and Singapore have published a joint call via Eureka, the world's largest public network for international cooperation in research, development and innovation: Until February 26, they are looking for innovative development and research projects that promote alternatives to proteins from living animals.

According to the tender, the focus is on plant-based, fermented and cultivated meat and seafood. Hybrid products and basic technologies such as molecular plant-based agriculture also fall within the scope.

The amount of funding committed differs slightly from country to country. In Switzerland, Innosuisse provides grants of up to 70 percent of project costs for start-ups, up to 50 percent for SMEs and up to 25 percent for large companies. Universities and research institutions can count on up to 100 percent.

The call is based on cooperation between at least two of the participating countries: this will "increase sustainable food production, strengthen the competitiveness of companies, create new employment opportunities and develop future skills". In addition, international cooperation could "enable greater export opportunities and a higher rate of self-sufficiency, resilience and preparedness". The project must benefit all partners involved. Its maximum term may not exceed 36 months.

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