Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million each year into initiatives and programs that provide benefit to Australian horticulture growers, the wider horticulture sector and the community. Each investment starts with an idea – and we’d love for you to share yours here.
So how does the process work? Watch the short video below for an overview of how ideas become projects, and scroll down to read about the process, step by step.
In a nutshell...
1. Ideas can be submitted to Hort Innovation any time using the investment idea proposal form here. Ideas can be for specific levy industries (where research is funded by Hort Innovation using grower levies and Australian Government contributions), or within Hort Innovation’s Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative (where research is funded through partnerships with co-investors).
2. Ideas that are in line with strategic investment priorities go to the relevant advisory panels for advice. The panels include Strategic Investment Advisory Panels for levy investments, Expert Advisory Panels for Hort Frontiers funds, and various Trade Advisory Panels. Learn more about the consultation process here.
3. Advice from the advisory panels is used by Hort Innovation to work suitable ideas into project proposals.
4. Project proposals are distributed and made public to potential delivery partners for response. See the current opportunities for delivery partners here.
5. Responses are assessed, often with the assistance of industry, and the best delivery partner for the work is chosen.
6. Contracts are issued, and the work begins.
Learn more about Hort Innovation's areas of investment here. For details of specific current and completed levy investment projects, visit Hort Innovation's grower pages.