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Source: ISTOCK

$3 Million Grant Awarded to Teams Developing Cell-Based and Vegan Meat Options

By Sophie Hirsh

New plant-based alternatives to meat are rolling out all the time — and luckily, it seems like even more are on the horizon. As reported by VegNews, the Good Food Institute (GFI) has finally awarded its $3 million grant to researchers working on new faux meats. Thanks to this grant, 14 scientists will have funding to develop new meat alternatives. VegNews added that each team will get approximately $250,000 to work on their project.

As GFI explained on its website, the $3 million grant came from just two donors, and 66 teams from 18 countries applied for the grant. Every proposal that GFI read was full of "tremendous potential," which shows how cruelty-free meat alternatives really are the future.

Six of the 14 teams are working on cell-based meat research projects. Cell-based meat, also known as clean meat and cultured meat, is meat grown from animal cells in a lab, according to FoodNavigator. Cell-based meat products are designed to mimic meat's exact taste and texture, without having to actually slaughter any animals (though cells must be taken from animals to create the products). As seen on GFI's website, each of the six teams working on these projects are based out of universities all over the world. For example, there are teams from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, the Israel Institute of Technology in Israel, and the University of Oslo in Norway.