Delivering safe, nutritious and healthy produce

The Hort Frontiers Healthy Food Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, is co-investing in a range of initiatives to support strategic and long-term research and development to deliver safe, nutritious and healthy Australian horticultural produce.

The Healthy Food Fund aims to support consumer confidence by developing novel products, technologies and processes for high quality, safe and nutritious produce and value-added food derived from fruit, vegetables and nuts.

Food safety and nutrition have never been bigger priorities for consumers and growers. The Healthy Food 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. It focuses on four priority areas: the value chain, consumer behaviour, innovation and adoption.



Featured Healthy Food Fund co-investment projects

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 Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative?
If you are interested in partnering with Hort Innovation, your concepts are welcome and can be submitted for:

  • Advanced Production Systems Fund
  • Asian Markets Fund
  • Green Cities Fund
  • Healthy Food Fund
  • Leadership Fund
  • Pollination Fund.

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More information

Dr Reetica Rekhy
Relationship Manager - Strategic Co-investment

T 02 8295 2370
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Dr Roxanne Portolesi
R&D Manager - Health, Nutrition, Food Safety and Value Chain

T 03 9691 3533
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Expert Advisory Panel

About the panel

The function of the Healthy Food 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
Geoffrey Annison Australian Food & Grocery Council
Richard Bennett Produce Marketing Association
Veronica Graham Food Systems & Nutrition, Department of Health & Human Services
Tim Archibald Hort Innovation
Dr Reetica Rekhy Hort Innovation
Andrew Francey One Harvest

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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