Research & development

Applying for funding

AGWA invests in and directs research, development and extension that 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 invite applications for investments in the following areas:

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

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 CIMS. If you have not used CIMS before, please contact AGWA for a username, password and how to guide on applications@agwa.net.au or (08) 8228 2000.

PhD, Masters and Honours scholarships

We provide support for PhD, Masters and Honours 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 the discretion of AGWA.

Applications are submitted online. You are required to complete and lodge applications online through CIMS. If you have not used CIMS before, please contact AGWA for a username, password and how to guide on applications@agwa.net.au or (08) 8228 2000.

PhD, Masters and Honours scholarships close on Friday 7 November 2014.

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.

The closing date for travel scholarships from 1 January to 30 June 2015 is Friday 5 December 2014.

You are required to complete and lodge applications online through CIMS.

If you have not used CIMS before, please contact AGWA for a username, password and how to guide on applications@agwa.net.au or (08) 8228 2000.

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.

The closing date for visiting scholar bursaries from 1 July to 31 December 2014 is Friday 6 June 2014.

You are required to complete and lodge applications online through CIMS.

If you have not used CIMS before, please contact AGWA for a username, password and how to guide on applications@agwa.net.au or (08) 8228 2000.

Current Call

Investment application guidelines and forms

Previous funding rounds

Investment applications 2014-15

Targeted call

In our targeted call for 2014–15, we invited collaborative multi-disciplinary proposals as part of a two-stage process to address the three priority areas of:

  • Process efficiency
  • Vineyard profitability
  • Biosecurity.

The investment priorities for vineyard profitability and process efficiency were identified in a gaps analysis. Contracted projects are detailed on the current projects page.

Investment applications 2013-14

Targeted call

The high-priority research areas for new investments starting in 2013–14 were:

  • Grapevine germplasm
  • Yeast and bacterial germplasm.

To guide these investments, gaps analyses were conducted and researcher briefings were held.

Submission of final project applications closed Thursday 24 January 2013.

Investment applications 2012-13

Targeted call

In 2012–13, new investments were made in four high-prioirty areas. To guide these investments, gaps analyses were conducted and researcher briefings were held.

Biosecurity

Consumer insights

Objective measures of quality

Adoption strategies

New investments were also made in the six priority areas of:

  • Climate change adaptability
  • Improving spray efficacy
  • Market access
  • Packaging and transport
  • Pest and disease management
  • Vine balance and yield variability.