"Even though it seems like a formidable challenge, the current global hunger crisis can be solved and future problems can be prevented. With "XPRIZE Feed The Next Billion", we have a unique opportunity to enable innovators to develop solutions that improve yield, productivity and sustainability across the entire global food ecosystem."

H.E. Faisal Al Bannai

Secretary General
Advanced Technology Research Council


XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a $15M competition incentivizing teams to produce chicken and fish alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional protein in structure, versatility, sensory properties, and nutritional profile, while having a lower comparable environmental footprint.

Currently, 50% of all habitable land and 70% of available water used are for agriculture. 70 billion chickens are slaughtered each year. 93% of the world’s marine fisheries are operating beyond sustainable fishing levels. And every year, nearly 690 million humans go hungry.

The COVID-19 pandemic worsens food insecurity, food safety, and access for many communities. Furthermore, cities projected to face rapid population growth and wealth increase are experiencing surges in demand for poultry and fish as opposed to red meat.

While there is increasing activity in utilizing plant-based and cultivated approaches to create meat alternatives, more work is needed to make it widespread.

THE WINNING TEAM will develop multiple consistent cuts of raw chicken breasts or fish fillets (115g or 4oz) that replicate and outperform conventional chicken or fish. XPRIZE invites anyone, anywhere to compete, including food scientists, technologists, and innovators.

$15M Prize Purse

Grand Prize.

$7M1st Place
$2M2nd Place
$1M3rd Place

Bonus Award given to the team that consistently produces animal-origin-free growth media at the lowest production cost.


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Key dates
  • February 17, 2021Early Registration Deadline
  • April 28, 2021Team Registration and Technical Submission Deadline
  • Q2 2021Semifinalist Teams Announced
  • Q3 2022Finalist Teams Announced
  • Q1 2024Award Ceremony and Winners Announced