Funding opportunities

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority, trading as 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 Incubator Initiative projects commencing in 2017–18 close on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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

Incubator Initiative application guidelines for researchers

Incubator Initiative application template

Incubator Initiative guidelines for Regional Program Partners

Incubator Initiative 2017 research questions

Greater Victoria

  • (All regions in Victoria, excluding Murray Darling, Swan Hill) 
  • Contact Mark Krstic (Mark.Krstic@awri.com.au) to develop your applications.

1.    Viticulture: Can measurement of a plant metabolite be used as an early indication of Phylloxera infection?
View background document for this question.

2.    Viticulture: How do we rescue/rejuvenate old vineyards to rescue the unique genetic material?
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.    Viticulture: Can automated irrigation scheduling using continuous thermography and ‘in situ’ water potential sensors be used to improve vineyard water use efficiency in Coonawarra vineyards?
View background document for this question.

2.    Viticulture: 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.

3.    Viticulture: What is the mechanism of potassium accumulation within the grape berry?
View background document for this question.

4.    Viticulture: How can levels of iron bacteria be controlled in vineyards of the Limestone Coast?
View background document for this question.

Riverland

  • (Riverland wine region, South Australia) 
  • Contact Chris Bennett (candcbennett@bigpond.com) to develop your applications.

1.    Viticulture: What are the key phenological stages which have a direct impact on vine water requirements and how can these be readily identified?
View background document for this question.

2.    Viticulture: What is the relationship between grape bunch number, berry size and wine colour?
View background document for this question.

3.    Viticulture: What is the relationship between varying levels of soil mineral availability and the resultant mature bunch mineral content across a range of yields?
View background document for this question.

4.    Viticulture: 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.    Viticulture: What are the best control options for invasive and difficult to manage weeds in vineyards?
View background document for this question.

2.    Winemaking: What are the alternative uses or benefits that can be obtained from winery waste water and sludge?
View background document for this question.

3.    Viticulture: What shift change has occurred that has resulted in the newly emerging pest levels of scale and sooty mould in vineyards?
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.    Viticulture: What are the infiltration properties/water-holding capacity on the main Barossa soil-types, and how does this inform the irrigation management required for growing super-premium Shiraz/other key wine grape varieties?
View background document for this question.

2.    Viticulture: What are the infiltration properties/water-holding capacity on the main Clare Valley soil-types, and how does this inform the irrigation management required for growing super-premium Riesling/other key wine grape varieties?
View background document for this question.

3.    Viticulture: What practices in the vineyard lead to the production of wines that consistently win gold medals?
View background document for this question.

Western Australia

1.    Marketing and logistics: How can small producers in Western Australia achieve economies of scale efficiencies in logistics and distribution?
View background document for this question.


Travel bursaries

Applications for travel bursaries are now being accepted for travel between 1 July to 31 December 2017. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

We invite and assess applications for Travel Bursaries twice a year. For those travelling between 1 July to 31 December, the closing date is the first Friday in April. For those travelling between 1 January to 30 June, the closing date is the first Friday in October.

Wine Australia will consider applications for travel, study tours or conference attendance that align with our strategic RD&E priorities and can demonstrate benefits will accrue to sector and/or existing research.


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 PhD and Master by Research scholarships have 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.