iCAMP Partnership Program (iPP)

The Integrated Center for Alternative Meats and Proteins (iCAMP) based at UC Davis brings together a network of interdisciplinary researchers, new companies, industry leaders, foundations, and government agencies to serve as a key alternative protein knowledge and technology hub. 

iCAMP Overview

iCAMP brings together strategically minded stakeholders to join our efforts to accelerate interdisciplinary research, open innovation, and development of alternative protein production platforms and products.

Our industry partners are integral in advancing our mission from concept through implementation. iCAMP encourages partners to actively participate in our center and inform us about pressing industry concerns important to their organizations in order to help us prioritize the most applicable and valuable research efforts for advancing alternative protein research and innovation.

The integrated solutions developed due in part to sponsorships will benefit the alternative meat industry as a whole, as well as our partners. Partners have many opportunities to engage on critical topics with our center’s faculty, researchers, and professional network, as well as collaborate with other thought leaders from various industries. The center’s activities include partners’ retreats on our current areas of research activities, public events on current and emerging topics, one-on-one time with our director, researchers, and students, and an annual Summit. In addition, partners will be notified about short courses and trainings offered by UC Davis to the public.

How do I become a partner?

We welcome gifts from all individuals, firms, agencies, or corporations interested in the iCAMP mission.  Please send partnership inquiries to Executive Director Kara Leong at keleong@ucdavis.edu and a Partner Gift and Pledge Form will be sent to you.  Organizations pledge to pay an annual partnership gift. For organizations willing to pledge to a partnership of three years or more, there will be no increase in annual partnership costs during pledged time.  Your gift will be assessed a 6% gift fee by UC Davis.  If sending a gift by wire transfer, email the Partnership Gift and Pledge form to Executive Director Kara Leong.  

Partnership Tiers Annual Revenue Suggested Annual Gifts
Leader Partnership Annual gross sales of $50M and above   $50,000
Generator Partnership Annual gross sales of $10M - $50M $25,000
Supporter Partnership Annual gross sales up to $10M $10,000
Starter Partnership Pre-revenue and less than 4 years incorporated $5,000

**Minimum annual membership level is $5,000.  Academic and nonprofit organizations are eligible for partnership. Please contact us.

iCAMP Industry Partner Benefits

​​Innovative Research Insights & Collaborations

A key pillar for iCAMP is accelerating interdisciplinary research around alternative proteins, leading to open innovation advancements. Partners will have an opportunity to engage with faculty and researchers through program events and receive an annual overview of center-related activities and research updates.

 Facilitated Access
  • Facilitated access to researchers for in-depth research conversations and/or sponsored research project development
  • Access to archives and notification of professional education offerings for your employees​
  • Opportunities to post jobs and internships on the center’s website​
Engage with Your Future Workforce

Training is an important part of iCAMP, and we want our students to develop skills that are valuable to your future workforce. Interactions with undergraduate and graduate students, career growth opportunities through internships, and supporting the research development of students in this space are all opportunities for our partners.​

Access to Extensive Network

iCAMP partners and associated faculty have unique access to insights and in-depth knowledge of the technical field. Partners have the advantage of engaging within the network throughout the year. The center also places an emphasis on communicating educational opportunities for stakeholders on new standards, practices, etc.​

Priority Access to Events

Early access to free events, including the annual Research Proposal Competition & Awards and quarterly research retreats with the Center’s network of industry thought leaders. Advanced notice to register for the Center’s workshops, trainings, and public events.

Forum to Share Your Efforts

Partners are given the opportunity to provide a written contribution (e.g., blog, announcements, etc.) to Center’s website that may be of interest to our campus community, network, and stakeholders. Additionally, partners may be invited to speak on panels at events on behalf of their organization.


  • Build a sustainable program at UC Davis advancing research and training around alternative proteins.
  • Provide seed funding for new research projects to take advantage of emerging opportunities
  • Ensure our research is published and widely disseminated for the largest impact
  • Recruit and retain top research talent


Any Questions? We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about partnership and our collaboration. Please do not hesitate to email Executive Director Kara Leong at keleong@ucdavis.edu.