Innovation Seed Fund for Horticulture Development

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Posted 16 August 2016 2:56pm by Mark Hincksman

The Innovation Seed Fund for Horticulture Development (ISF-HD) will be opened for Round 4 on 29th August 2017. Applications close 30th October 2017.

The ISF-HD is a joint initiative between DEDJTR - Agriculture Victoria (Horticulture Centre of Excellence) and the University of Melbourne where grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects that join capabilities of both organisations to solve problems that benefit the Horticulture industries. The grant program is jointly funded by Agriculture Victoria and Melbourne University's Carlton Connect.  It is administered by the University.  To apply, please go to:

 Link to University of Melbourne: Innovation Seed Fund for Horticulture Development

Over the last three Rounds, there have been many successful partnerships between our two organisations. Both partners get valuable feedback from industry on ideas and prototypes when they present their work to the horticulture industry.  You can view some of the highlights here:

Vidoes http://www.hin.com.au/associations/horticulture-centre-of-excellence/videos-innovation-seed-funds-horticulture-development

Current topics being investigated:

  • Low-cost infrared thermography & unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the rapid detection of plant water stress
  • Willingness for a gradual land-use change from fruit to vegetables in the Goulburn Valley
  • Mapping extension capability of the GV fresh pear sector
  • Economic analysis of tactical farm-level decisions for irrigation management in horticultural production
  • Goulburn Murray fruit industry systemic workforce issues scoping study
  • Impacts of sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) on soil microbial communities to improve tomato production
  • Maturity index meter and modelling to optimise pre- and post-harvest apple quality
  • Innovative assessment of sugars in plant tissues                                                    
  • Apple sunburn risk and harvest fruit size estimation using a smartphone App

As with all funding proposals, you will need to go through your own branch approval processes and make sure you have sufficient input into the design of projects with your University partners.  Within DEDJTR, please contact Aimee McCutcheon, Industry Development Manager, HCoE (03 5833 5308) if you have any queries on this Fund.

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