Request for Proposals Essential Documents

HVN Contestable Fund Request for Proposals (RFP; Version 3, November 2020)

Version 3 of the Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on 04 November 2020.  The main updates under Version 3 are as follows:

  1. Co-funding requirements for Contestable Fund Research Grant projects have been changed to increase accessibility for Food & Beverage industry collaborators.
    • Please refer to page 17 of the document ‘Part A – The Opportunity’ (document link at bottom of web page).
  2. Expressions of Interest no longer require Eligible Respondents to fill out a formal template.
    • If you have an idea for a proposal you would like to discuss, simply email the HVN Directorate at with a brief summary and we will contact you.
  3. All Contestable Fund templates have been revised to take into account user feedback obtained from the 2019-2020 year.
    • Revisions include removal of redundant requests, inclusion of additional instructions and examples, and other editorial changes in the interest of clarity and user experience.

Assessment Dates

The intake for proposals will remain open all year until fully subscribed.  Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the Review and Assessment Process listed in Section 7 of the document “Part A – The Opportunity’ (document link at bottom of web page).

Please note, review dates are aligned with the HVN Governance Board meeting schedule to allow for any revisions or additional requests for project information prior to final review.  Key dates are outlined in the table below as follows:

Date Proposal Due to HVN Directorate

HVN Governance Board Review Date

26 January 2021

04 March 2021

17 April 2021

27 May 2021

12 June 2021

06 August 2021

14 August 2021

07 October 2021

16 October 2021

09 December 2021

Submission of Ideas and Proposals

Please email the HVN Directorate at to discuss a potential proposal or to submit completed proposal templates.

All relevant documents are available via the links at the bottom of this web page.


Essential Documents