Horticulture Innovation Partnership issues first annual report

The Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP) has reported on how it is addressing the gap between research and the application of research to production horticulture.

HIP's first annual report reveals how the partnership has reviewed funding opportunities, UK research and development provision and supply chain structures.

Findings include that effective deployment of supply chain co-funding would assist more joined-up delivery of practical innovation evolving from basic ideas developed by basic research; industry challenges would be more effectively addressed by a broader range of researchers from different disciplines with expertise in, for instance, engineering, labour reduction and data synthesis; and marketing organisations were identified as having particular importance for engagement with industry and driving innovation for growth.

The report says this means, for the horticulture and potato industry: a better understanding of where there are gaps between those funding basic, fundamental research and those funding more applied business-ready solutions.

HIP has also coordinated an industry voice for Agritech funding and formed additional routes to MEPs, UK government and research funders, as well as UK Water Research Innovation Partnership and Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network and its routes to Technology Strategy Board funding opportunities.

HIP plans to build engagement with funders and research providers, HIPs ornamental group will analyse the supply chain delivering to consumers through the landscape industries, and bring further supply chain research funding to the industry.

See www.hip.org.uk

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