Research & development

Applying for funding

We invest in and direct research, development and extension that supports a competitive Australian wine sector. Our investments are guided by the strategic research priorities of the Australian Government and the Australian wine sector.

We invite applications for investments in the following areas:

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

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).

Online applying and reporting

Researchers complete and lodge applications online through Clarity Investment Management System (CIMS). Click here to go to CIMS. If you have not used CIMS before, please contact us at applications@wineaustralia.com for a username, password and how to guide.

Current Call

Targeted call

We are inviting collaborative multi-disciplinary proposals by way of preliminary project applications as part of a two-stage process to address the three high-priority areas of:

  • Climate adaptation
  • Economic sustainability
  • Quality and provenance.

Climate adaptation: For this funding round, we are seeking projects that focus on viticultural treatments to manage the effects of climate change. These projects should build on international research and our current projects, particularly those that will be finalised by July 2016. Click here to read the opportunities for investment.

Economic sustainability: For this funding round, we are seeking projects that focus on information, innovations and tools that enhance winery profitability and thus economic sustainability. These projects should build on international research and our current projects, particularly those that will be finalised by July 2016. Click here to read the opportunities for investment.

Quality and provenance: For this funding round, we are seeking projects that focus on better understanding how and why fine Australian wines reflect their provenance and terroir and what changes in management practices can be adopted to more optimally express unique Australian terroirs. We are also seeking project that contribute to the development of objective measures of wine quality. Click here to read the opportunities for investment.

Preliminary project applications were due by Friday 6 November 2015. If you wish to discuss a potential research project, please contact Keith Hayes or Liz Waters on 08 8228 2000.

Applications must be lodged through our online project management tool CIMS. Click here to go to CIMS. If you have not used CIMS before, please contact us at applications@wineaustralia.com for a username, password and how to guide.

After consideration of the preliminary project applications, successful applicants will be invited to submit final project applications by Monday 22 February 2016. We anticipate successful projects will commence from July 2016.

Investment application guidelines and forms

Previous funding rounds

For information about our previous targeted calls for investment applications, click here

 PhD, Masters and Honours scholarships

We provide support for PhD, Masters and Honours research scholarship programs to help attract postgraduate students to the field of wine, viticultural and wine business research. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the quality of an applicant’s Curriculum Vitae and the likelihood of the applicant’s ongoing involvement in the Australian wine sector. Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian university and be attending on campus (not distant education). The number of scholarships available is at our discretion.

Applications for PhD, Master and Honours Scholarships have now closed.

Travel bursaries

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

Applications should highlight both the professional development benefit to the applicant, and the mechanism for dissemination of knowledge to the sector. The relationship between the proposed travel and current or potential RD&E should be clearly explained.

Applications for travel bursaries have now closed.

Visiting scholars bursaries

We will consider applications that seek funding to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences and symposia and in research projects. These activities need to align with our strategic RD&E priorities.

Applications should focus on the anticipated benefits for the Australian wine industry and/or existing research. They should highlight both the professional development benefit to the applicant, and the mechanism for dissemination of knowledge to industry. Relationships between the proposed travel and current or potential R&D should be clearly explained.

Applications for visiting scholars bursaries have now closed.