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 2018 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 organisations that 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.