Solving tomorrow's challenges, together, today.

The Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation facilitates collaborative cross-industry investments focused on longer-term, complex and traditionally underinvested themes identified as critical for Australian horticulture in 2025.

These strategic investments have co-investment partners from non-horticulture commercial industries, universities, public and private research institutes and government agencies. Whilst the individual goals of co-investment partners may differ, investment outcomes need to benefit all-of-horticulture in order to be considered. Partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world class research, and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team with a wealth of experience in large scale research and development.

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

  • Advanced Production Systems Fund (Stimulating productivity)
  • Asian Markets Fund (Driving growth)
  • Fruit Fly Fund (Managing risk)
  • Green Cities Fund (Ensuring sustainability)
  • Healthy Food Fund (Driving growth)
  • Leadership Fund (Building capacity)
  • Pollination Fund (Ensuring sustainability).

Each Fund is 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 each of the Hort Frontiers Funds for specific information or read the original summary document.


Become involved

The process

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for a Hort Frontiers Project?

Hort Innovation is continually seeking new investment and partnership 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.


Hort Innovation’s co-investment calculator

Contact a Relationship Manager

Sharyn Casey
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-investment

T 02 8295 2379
Send an email

Dr Alok Kumar
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-investment

T 03 9691 3521
Send an email

Expert Advisory Panels

About the panels

Each Hort Frontiers Fund 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.