Delivering safe, nutritious and healthy produce

Hort Innovation is co-investing in a range of initiatives as part of the Health, Nutrition and Food Safety Fund to support strategic and long-term research and development to deliver safe, nutritious and healthy Australian horticultural produce.

Each of these projects aim to support consumer confidence by developing novel products, technologies and processes.


Food safety and nutrition have never been bigger priorities for consumers and growers. This fund aims to give growers the tools they need to keep up with technological advancements in these key areas, and work with top researchers to develop new, never-before-seen technology in this space.

This fund focusses on four key priority areas including the value chain, consumer behaviour, innovation and adoption.

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Become involved

The process

Hort Innovation is continually seeking new investment opportunities. Ideas can be submitted at any time on Hort Innovation’s website using the concept form. The form allows Hort Innovation to understand your basic concept, with a big-picture view of the aims and outcomes rather than detailed methodology. This approach aims to protect, as far as possible, IP associated with innovative ideas, whilst capturing opportunities that can be shaped into full proposals should there be an identified alignment between the concept and strategy that guides investment in the Fund.

The investment analysis process involves filtering and potentially combining concepts for procurement. Once approval has been granted for investment in a concept, a Request for Proposal will be prepared, asking delivery partners (open or select, depending on size and scope) to provide a detailed submission that address key criteria. All responses will then be evaluated against the key criteria before the investment is contracted. To make sure your idea is the kind we’re looking for, please read the Strategic Intent Document prior to submitting your concept.

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for our Strategic Co-investment Fund Pool?
If you are interested in co-investing with Hort Innovation, your concepts are welcome and can be submitted for:

  • Asian Markets Fund
  • Green Cities Fund
  • Health, Nutrition and Food Safety Fund
  • Leadership Fund
  • Pollination Fund.

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More information

Dr Reetica Rekhy
Relationship Manager

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Dr Alok Kumar
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-Investments

T 03 9691 3521
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Expert Advisory Panel

About the panel

The function of the Health, Nutrition and Food Safety Fund Expert Advisory Panel is to provide expert advice and oversight of the relevant fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panels will provide impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess, and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Board.

Panel members

Name Organisation Location
Barry McGookin Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Geoffrey Annison Australian Food & Grocery Council
Richard Bennett Produce Marketing Association
Veronica Graham Food Systems & Nutrition, Department of Health & Human Services
Tim Archibald Horticulture Innovation Australia
Dr Alok Kumar Horticulture Innovation Australia

Health, Nutrition and Food Safety Fund co-investment projects

Naturally Nutritious

Project Code: HN15001

Start Date: June, 2016

End Date: May, 2021

Service Provider: The University of Queensland

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