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
  • Research and development projects in high-priority and priority areas
  • Travel bursaries
  • Visiting scholar bursaries, and
  • PhD scholarships and Masters by Research

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 open on 3 March 2017.

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

Travel bursaries

Applications for travel bursaries are now closed for travel between 1 January and 30 June 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 commencing 1 January 2017 opened on Saturday 1 October 2016 and will close Friday 4 November 2016.

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.