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Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund

Driving growth by delivering safe, nutritious and healthy horticultural products to consumers

The Hort Frontiers Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund focuses on research to support consumer confidence.

Food safety and nutrition is a priority for consumers and growers. The Hort Frontiers Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund supports consumer confidence through the adoption of high quality, safe and nutritious produce and value-added food derived from fruit, vegetables and nuts, and the development of novel products, technologies and processes. It focuses on four priority areas: value chain; consumer behaviour; innovation; and adoption.

Numerous investments have been made in the Hort Frontiers Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund – explore these ongoing and completed projects below.


Get involved

Hort Innovation is seeking new investment opportunities in the Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund. The co-investment calculator below provides a guide on the level of funding Hort Innovation may contribute to your investment idea.

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. The Hort Frontiers Health, Nutrition and Food Safety 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.

Your investment idea for this fund is welcome – you can share it with us at our Investment idea form or discuss it with a Hort Frontiers Business Development Manager.

Co-investment calculator


Expert Advisory Panel

The function of the Hort Frontiers Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Fund Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panels 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 Hort Innovation Board.

Barry McGookin Food Innovation Australia
Geoffrey Annison Australian Food & Grocery Council
Richard Bennett Produce Marketing Association
Veronica Graham Food Systems & Nutrition, Department of Health & Human Services      
Andrew Francey One Harvest
Jemma O'Hanlon (Facilitator) Hort Innovation
Dr Alok Kumar (Facilitator) Hort Innovation

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Dr Alok Kumar
Dr Alok Kumar
Business Development Manager, Hort Innovation
Contact details
0418 322 070 Send an email
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Jemma O’Hanlon
R&D Manager, Hort Innovation
Contact details
0427 147 276 Send an email
Strategic Intent document
Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund
Strategic Intent document