Reshaping nutrition across Europe

Accelerating the dietary shift from animal-based to alternative dietary proteins

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What We Do

GIANT LEAPS is accelerating the transition from animal-based to alternative dietary proteins to work towards a safe, health-promoting and sustainable food system.
  • Co-creation
  • Alternative proteins
  • Method development
  • Open access data
  • Optimised future diets
  • E-learning

We engage with a wide range of stakeholders including European policymakers through co-creation workshops and interactive sessions to work towards maximum impact.

Alternative proteins

We focus our research on alternative proteins with large potential for consumer uptake to create safe, healthy and sustainable innovations to overcome barriers to their adoption in diets.

Method development

We develop new and improved methods in key areas, for example by including biodiversity impact in sustainability assessments, predicting the allergenicity of novel proteins and modelling full impacts of diets on health and the environment.

Open access data

We create open-access datasets to foster pan-European cooperation and data sharing on traditional and alternative protein sources.

Optimised future diets

We define future diets optimized for health and environmental impact, based on alternative proteins that are broadly accepted across stakeholder groups.


We design a set of educational tools for students, professionals and public society to upgrade knowledge and practical skills and overcome biases.


GIANT LEAPS develop methodologies, datasets and innovations to accelerate the dietary shift towards sustainability and circularity to cover at least 50% of the total protein demand with alternative protein sources by 2030.
We engage with a wide range of stakeholders to promote societal, economic and policy changes to reduce the footprints and environmental impacts of our food system and improve the health and well-being of European citizens.
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Our Methodology

GIANT LEAPS develops a holistic and multidisciplinary methodology to foster innovative solutions, improve key methods and create open-access datasets to inform and enable all relevant stakeholders to transform the food system and make the dietary shift a reality.
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Our Methodology

About Us

GIANT LEAPS is a 4 years Horizon Europe project bringing together 35 partners from 17 countries under the coordination of Stichting Wageningen Research.
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About Us

I am honoured and excited to collaborate with renowned experts and organisations that share an ambition to create scientific, societal and economic impact by providing a path towards healthy, sustainable, achievable and consumer-accepted diets in Europe that incorporate alternative proteins in an optimal way.

Paul Vos
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, GIANT LEAPS Coordinator

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  • Research position open at UNINA!

    Join the Giant Leaps team at the University of Naples "Federico II" on a 2-year postdoctoral position.

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    Giant Leaps’ project coordinator Paul Vos, from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research was interviewed by Tamara Glišić-Krivošija from Foodscale Hub.

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  • Horizon4Proteins webinar: Alternative protein integration in EU diets

    Join us on Tuesday 23 January 2024, from 15:00 to 16:20 CET, and get insights on the integration of alternative proteins in EU diets.

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