Funding opportunities

Wine Australia invests in and directs research, development and extension to support a competitive Australian wine sector. Our investments are guided by the strategic research priorities of the Australian Government and the Australian wine sector.

We do not invest in activities that are based on political aims or promotion of products, regional activities or organisations, nor where there is no market failure (this refers to activities that could reasonably be expected to be provided by the market on a cost recovery/profit basis).

Funding is available in the following areas:

R&D projects

Targeted call

Applications for research, development and extension (RD&E) projects to commence in 2016-17 are now closed.


Incubator Initiative

Applications for the Incubator Initiative 2018 are now closed.

The Incubator Initiative supports early career researchers working with regional grape and wine associations and groups on regionally specific research.

Incubator Initiative 2018 research questions

Greater NSW/ACT

(All regions in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, excluding Riverina)

Contact Darren Fahey (darren.fahey@dpi.nsw.gov.au) to develop your applications.

  1. Does hail damage alter the micro–flora of berry surfaces and what is the best way to manage its impact in the winemaking process?
    View background document for this question.
  2. What management strategies are most effective in minimising sunburn damage in Chardonnay vineyards around Orange?
    View background document for this question.

Greater Victoria

(All regions in Victoria, excluding Murray Darling, Swan Hill)

Contact Katie Dunne (katie.dunne@awri.com.au) to develop your applications.

  1. Are there any barrier compounds that could limit the uptake of smoke taint compounds (volatile phenols) into grapes?
    View background document for this question.
  2. Are there practical, quicker and more reliable ways of managing phylloxera footwear disinfestation compared to the current chlorine footbath protocols?
    View background document for this question.
  3. Which grapevine rootstock performs the best for Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir?
    View background document for this question.

Limestone Coast

(Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe and Mt Gambier in South Australia)

Contact Ulrich Grey-Smith (tech3@limestonecoastwine.com.au) to develop your applications.

  1. Can automated irrigation scheduling be implemented in Coonawarra vineyards using continuous thermography and ‘in situ’ water potential sensors to improve vineyard water use efficiency? 
    View background document for this question.
  2. How can we influence potassium (K) levels in the vineyard so wines don’t need tartaric acid additions in the winery, and what is the mechanism of K accumulation within the grape berry?
    View background document for this question.
  3. What is the potential economic benefit of further research into solving the clogging effect of iron bacteria on drip irrigation systems in the Limestone Coast? 
    View background document for this question.
  4. Can we summarise past research conducted in the Limestone Coast that is relevant to future grape growing in the region? 
    View background document for this question.
  5. Is berry shrivel in Cabernet Sauvignon influenced by climate and does this potentially affect characteristics of the resulting wine?
    View background document for this question.
  6. What are the knowledge gaps in our understanding of rootstock and varietal combinations suited to the Limestone Coast?
    View background document for this question.

Riverina

(Riverina wine region, New South Wales)

Contact Adrian Englefield (adrian.englefield@dpi.nsw.gov.au) to develop your applications.

  1. What are the best management practices to control Silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) in Riverina vineyards?
    View background document for this question.

Riverland

(Riverland wine region, South Australia)

Contact Chris Bennett (candcbennett@bigpond.com) to develop your applications.

  1. How does phenological stage influence grapevine water requirements for Shiraz and Chardonnay grown in the Riverland?
    View background document for this question.
  2. What is the relationship between grape bunch number, berry size and berry/wine colour under various vine crop loads?
    View background document for this question.
  3. What is the relationship between soil mineral availability, petiole analysis and the mineral content of grape bunches?
    View background document for this question.
  4. What is the relationship between drip irrigation application frequency, precipitation rate, soil type and wetted profile volume?
    View background document for this question.

SA Central

(Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek and Kangaroo Island in South Australia)

Contact Lian Jaensch (info@langhornecreek.com) to develop your applications.

  1. Can selective precision spraying methods for weed management be adapted economically to viticulture?
    View background document for this question.
  2. Does the expression of key regulatory and structural anthocyanin genes differ between Malbec clones?
    View background document for this question.

SA North

(Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Plains and Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia)

Contact Nicki Robins (nicki@barossa.com) to develop your applications.

  1. What are the infiltration properties/water-holding capacity of the main Barossa soil types, and how does this inform the irrigation management required for growing premium Shiraz and other key wine grape varieties?
    View background document for this question.
  2. What are the infiltration properties/water-holding capacity of the main Clare Valley soil types, and how does this inform the irrigation management required for growing premium Riesling and other key wine grape varieties?
    View background document for this question.
  3. What practices in the vineyard lead to the production of wines that consistently win gold medals?
    View background document for this question.

Tasmania

(Tasmania wine region)

Contact Paul Smart (psmart@winetasmania.net.au) to develop your applications.

  1. Is there an economic benefit to using in-row, retrofitted shade cloth in windy situations in Tasmania?
    View background document for this question.
  2. How is the climate modified under different types of nets, and how does this affect yield, ripening rate and disease pressure?
    View background document for this question.

Western Australia

(All regions in Western Australia)

Contact Richard Fennessy (richard.fennessy@dpird.wa.gov.au) to develop your applications.

  1. Do viral infection(s) in the Gingin clone of Chardonnay influence vine phenotype, performance and consequent wine quality? View background document for this question.
  2. What are the best emerging export markets (currently negotiating trade agreements) for the Western Australian wine offering? View background document for this question.
  3. Which low growing endemic Western Australian plants (suitable for mid-row and under vine planting) suppress, or are neutral to, the soil-dwelling larvae of the South African garden weevil (Phlyctinus callosus)? View background document for this question.


Travel bursaries

'Wine Australia travel bursary applications are now closed for travel commencing between 1 July and 31 December 2018. Retrospective applications will not be considered. The next round of funding opens September 2018 for travel commencing between 1 January and 30 June 2019.

Travel bursaries can fund travel, study tours or conferences to develop your knowledge and skills in your area of research, and to network with the international research community. See our Travel bursary application guide for further details and criteria.

Applications must be lodged through Wine Australia’s online project management tool CIMS.

If you have not used CIMS before, please contact us at applications@wineaustralia.com for a username, password and how-to guide.


Visiting scholars bursaries

Wine Australia invites and assesses applications for Visiting Scholar Bursaries throughout the year.

We will consider applications from organisations that seek funding to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences and symposia and in research projects. The activities need to align with our strategic RD&E priorities.


PhD and Masters by Research scholarships

Applications for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research scholarships commencing 1 January 2018 are now closed.

Wine Australia provides support for PhD and Masters by Research scholarship programs to help attract postgraduate students to the field of wine, viticultural and wine business research.

Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian university and be attending on campus (not distant education). Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the quality of an applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, the merit of the proposed research and the likelihood of the applicant’s ongoing involvement in the Australian wine sector.

Applications close 3 November 2017 and retrospective applications will not be considered.