Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia
Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia

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:

RD&E projects

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.


Incubator Initiative

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.

Discipline

Question

Region

Viticulture

What are the best strategies for maintaining grapevine canopy function when heat events are prolonged in the preharvest period?

Greater NSW

Viticulture

Which grapevine rootstock performs the best for Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir?

Greater Victoria (Mornington Peninsula)

Viticulture

What is the genetic and phenotypic basis of heat tolerance in different species of Vitis vinifera: why does Nero D’Avola appear more heat tolerant than, for example, Cabernet Sauvignon?

Greater Victoria (Murray Valley)

Viticulture

How can results from the Coonawarra Rootstock Trial inform future vineyard planting in the region?

Limestone Coast (Coonawarra)

Viticulture

What is the best way to treat the iron-related clogging problem in the Limestone Coast?

Limestone Coast

Viticulture

How can past research in the Limestone Coast influence future grapegrowing in the region?

Limestone Coast

Viticulture

Is organic weed control beneficial for winegrape production in the Limestone Coast?

Limestone Coast

Viticulture

What are the best management practices to control Silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) in Riverina vineyards?

Riverina

Viticulture

What technology and infrastructure can be adopted into Riverina vineyards and future Riverina vineyard developments to maximise water use efficiency and vineyard profitability?

Riverina

Viticulture

How does phenological stage influence grapevine water requirements for Shiraz and Chardonnay in the Riverland?

Riverland

Viticulture

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?

SA North (Barossa)

Viticulture

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?

SA North (Clare Valley)

Viticulture

Can timely harvester treatments manipulate bunch architecture to reduce bunch rots?

Western Australia

Marketing

Beyond the traditional cellar door: Do tiered cellar door service offerings maximise value for differing wine tourist segments?

Western Australia


Travel bursaries

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


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 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.


This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.

Levy payers/exporters
Non-levy payers/exporters
Find out what you can purchase

This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.

Levy payers/exporters
Update your account details
Non-levy payers/exporters
Find out what you can purchase