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Hort Innovation has developed the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative to expand its funding model to better equip Australian horticulture for the future ahead. It does this by facilitating collaborative cross-industry investments focused on longer-term, complex and traditionally underinvested themes identified as critical for Australian horticulture in 2025.

Hort Frontiers invests funds from both the broader research and supply chain, and levy funds alongside the commonwealth dollar. The diversity of investors may include organisation from along the value chain, non-horticulture commercial industries, universities, public and private research institutes and state government agencies. Horticulture levy funds may be invested in Hort Frontiers should the appropriate advice be received. Whilst the individual goals of co-investment partners may differ, investment outcomes need to benefit all-of-horticulture to be considered.

Currently, there are seven strategic investment funds, each addressing their own identified theme. They are:

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

Partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world class research, and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team who have managed large scale research and development. If you’ve got an idea or concept, get in touch with a Hort Frontiers representative today and learn more about becoming a part of a groundbreaking network that has the future firmly in focus.

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 Business Development 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 Business Development Manager

Sharyn Casey
Business Development Manager Strategic Co-investment

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

T 03 9691 3521
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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.