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

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

 


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