Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board business development head, Steve Tones, has sent a questionnaire about HIP's future to about 100 industry stakeholders and has called for those not contacted to get in touch as soon as possible to give feedback on HIP.
HIP's future will be decided at a board meeting on 10 September when the board will discuss the answers to the questionnaire.
HIP has won recognition in research councils about what the industry's priorities are and has helped with unsuccessful proposals for a produce innovation centre, but has been unable to achieve its potential because of its small size, industry sources say.
An ornamentals R&D strategy, being written by RHS and HTA, is underway and is being aligned to the Ornamentals Round Table Action Plan of industry 'wants', presented this May to Defra.
The Partnership, which includes AHDB, HTA, NFU, RHS, SCI, East Malling Trust and the Potato Council, has two part-time staff.