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:
Wine Australia invests in strategic bilateral agreements with a number of key research organisations including The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), CSIRO, SARDI, The University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University. We also periodically request applications for research, development and extension projects on specific topics. Any targeted calls for project applications will be detailed here.
The Incubator Initiative supports early career researchers working with regional grape and wine associations and groups on regionally specific research.
Applications close on 3 May 2019 for the current intake.
Projects will be developed to answer a specific regional need, and researchers will work with our Regional Program partners and deliver the findings to grapegrowers and winemakers in the region.
Up to $20,000 is available for successful applicants to undertake the projects, with this funding matched by a co-contribution – cash or in-kind – from the organisation where the researcher is employed.
Who can apply?
The Incubator Initiative is open to early career researchers working for an Australian-based research organisation. Early career is defined as having five years or fewer of research experience since completing a PhD or Master’s degree. Applications will also be accepted from researchers who have submitted a PhD or Master’s thesis and are awaiting the outcome.
How to apply
Click on the research questions for a background paper and contact the Regional Program partner listed to develop a project plan.
Applications for Wine Australia’s bursary for travel between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 will open Friday 5 April 2019 and close Friday 31 May 2019.
NOTIFICATION OF KEY DATES CHANGE FROM 2019
As of 2019 Wine Australia will be inviting and assessing applications for travel bursaries once a year only.
Applications for travel between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 will open the first Friday in April and close the last Friday in May 2019.
Travel bursary application guide
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.
Applications for Wine Australia's 2019 PhD and Masters by Research scholarships are now closed.
Wine Australia offers a PhD and Master by Research scholarship program to help attract postgraduate students to the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business research. We are committed to supporting academic endeavour and encouraging the enthusiasm of the future leaders of oenology, viticulture and wine business researchers to support a prosperous Australian grape and wine community.
Wine Australia offers supplementary scholarships for up to three years full-time PhD study and for up to two years full-time Master by Research study. Candidates must:
- be enrolled in or have applied for, a program at an Australian or overseas university
- hold, or have applied for, an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or other equivalent scholarship through their host university, and
- be attending on campus (applies to domestic study only).
Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, the quality of an applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, the merit of the proposed research program, the likelihood of the student’s ongoing involvement in the wine sector, and funding availability.
International candidates enrolled at overseas universities are not eligible.