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Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative

Better equipping Australian horticulture for the future ahead

Innovation is key to the future success of Australian horticulture. The next evolution of future-focused, higher-risk and transformational R&D that has the potential to make a significant impact will be made possible through Hort Innovation’s Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative.

Hort Frontiers facilitates collaborative, cross-industry investments on longer-term and more complex themes identified as critical for Australian horticulture by 2030 and beyond. Hort Frontiers has delivered impactful investments to date but to meet changing needs of the industry, it is currently undergoing a significant and exciting refresh to increase its scope.

The refresh will be aligned with the four key investment themes identified by Hort Innovation’s Australian-grown Horticulture Sustainability Framework, below. New investment funds are being established to address identified needs, and the existing Hort Frontiers funds are being repositioned to sit under the four investment themes:

  • Nourish & Nurture
    • Food Safety, Traceability & Quality Fund
    • Green Cities Fund
    • Health & Nutrition Fund
  • People & Enterprise
    • Advanced Production Systems Fund
    • International Markets Fund
    • Leadership Fund
  • Planet & Resources
    • Biosecurity Fund
    • Climate Fund
    • Energy Fund
    • Pollination Fund
    • Water & Landscapes Fund
  • Less waste
    • Farm Waste Fund
    • Food Waste Fund
    • Packaging Waste Fund.

For information on Nourish & Nurture and People & Enterprise investment themes, please contact Dr Alok Kumar by email or phone on 0418 322 070. For Planet & Resources and Less Waste investment themes, please contact Tom McCue by email or phone on 0414 257 616.

Watch this space for updates and more information on Hort Frontiers.

While we are re-aligning the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative you can still explore the investments that have already been made, below. You can also find more information about Hort Frontiers here.


For potential co-investors, partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world-class research, and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team well-versed in managing large-scale R&D. Each Hort Frontiers fund is governed by a Co-Investment Strategic Intent (CSI) document that outlines key investment themes that must be met in order for proposals to be successful.