Horticulture Innovation Fund
The Victorian Government is encouraging innovation and collaboration in the horticulture sector with a new fund available for research and development projects that will help the sector remain profitable and sustainable into the future.
The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) will support industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance.
Through the HIF, the Victorian Government seeks to support a horticulture sector that is innovative, collaborative and well informed.
Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) are available for applied research and development projects that contribute to a more productive and profitable horticulture sector. The program is open until 2019 and is administered by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
What will be funded?
Projects eligible for assistance from the HIF include:
- Applied horticultural research and development that is innovative and likely to improve farm performance, and/or
- Research that will improve market access and business diversification activities as applied to the horticulture sector.
Preference will be given to projects that are mid to late stage research, where adoption, piloting and/or trialling in Victoria is required.
All grant recipients will be required to share the results of the research through the Horticulture Centre of Excellence (HCoE) to facilitate learning across the sector and to encourage continued collaboration between industries.
Who can apply?
The HIF is open to individuals and organisations associated with the Victorian horticulture sector, including:
Individual horticultural businesses – e.g. producers, coolstore/packhouse businesses, wineries.
Not for profit organisationsthat are an incorporated body, co-operative or association. e.g. industry bodies and associations.
Research organisations – a higher education institution or a registered research organisation
How to apply?
The Horticulture Centre of Excellence may be able to help connect horticultural businesses to appropriate research organisations and advise on the establishment of a suitable project team.
For more information contact us.
Projects approved under the Horticulture Innovation Fund
Develop an on-line GPS based data management module for seed potato certification.
Victorian Seed Potato Certification Authority
The application of the UAV-borne hyperspectral crop disease detection in processing tomatoes.
Australian Processing Tomato Research Council
Native vegetation insectariums in Horticulture.
Agribusiness Yarra Valley
Develop a Difference of Absorption (DA) Index for 5 major canned peach varieties
Canned Fruit Industry Council
The implementation of a local grid in the Cobram fruit growing area and QFF research on the habits of the pest during the winter months and how they can be better targeted during this period.
Cobram & District Fruit Growers Association
Trialling calcium carbonate spray at leaf fall to increase winter chill accumulation in Cherry, Apples and Almonds.
Insense Pty Ltd
To develop and evaluate a rapid technique for the identification of the exotic Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP), the number 1 exotic threat to the Victorian potato industry.
Plant Biosecurity CRC
Establish Difference of Absorption (DA) meter protocols for the Goulburn Valley Apples, Pears and Stonefruit to better match fresh market expectations.
Integrity Fruit Pty Ltd
Trialling spray thinning for crop load management of fresh fruit market plums.
Agropraisals Pty Ltd
Improving ATGA online export training and accreditation program.
Australian Table Grapes Association
The development and testing of an approved building concrete product using vine waste from tomato industry
AD & VR Henry
Enhancing growth and quality of vegetables with photo-luminescent plastics
DA meter software development for the Horticulture supply chain
Apple & Pear Australia Ltd
Native pollinators increasing productivity of native food orchards
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
Adaptation in the vineyard to a water limited futures - sunscreens and water budgeting
Australian Wine Research Institute
Innovative solutions to manage smoke risk in the Victorian wine industry - testing barrier sprays in controlled smoke tents
Australian Wine Research Institute
Develop weed control information package for management of nursery weeds
Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria
For details of completed projects funded under the Horticulture Innovation Fund, visit http://www.hin.com.au/current-initiatives/horticulture-innovation-fund