Investing to grow the future of Australian horticulture

Hort Innovation’s new strategic co-investment initiative aims to facilitate collaborative cross-industry projects with a long-term focus, solving major and often complex challenges in key areas identified as crucial to securing the future of Australian horticulture.

Unlike research and development enabled by traditional levy investments, co-investment projects are often partly funded by non-horticulture commercial industries, as well as universities, research institutes or government bodies. Whilst the individual goals of co-investment partners may differ, project outcomes must benefit all-of-horticulture in order to be considered.

Currently, there are six separate funds within the model, with each addressing their own identified area. They are:

  • Asian Markets Fund (Driving growth)
  • Fruit Fly Fund (Managing risk)
  • Green Cities Fund (Ensuring sustainability)
  • Health, Nutrition and Food Safety Fund (Driving growth)
  • Leadership Fund (Building capacity)
  • Pollination Fund (Ensuring sustainability).

Each of the funds are governed by a Co-Investment Strategic Intent (CSI) that outlines key investment themes that must be met in order for proposals to be successful. Anyone is encouraged to submit an idea via our concept proposal form, or talk to one of our Relationship Managers about co-funding research to meet your needs.

Explore individual funds for fund-specific information or read the original summary document.


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 Asian Markets 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.

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for a Strategic Co-Investment Project?
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.

Hort Innovation’s co-investment calculator

Contact a Relationship Manager

Sharyn Casey
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-investment

T 02 8295 2379
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Dr Alok Kumar
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-investment

T 03 9691 3521
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Expert Advisory Panels

About the panels

Each of the co-investment funds has an Expert Advisory Panel that provides expert advice and oversight of the relevant fund, including providing input into proposed projects and research, making 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.