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.

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 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.

We invite and assess applications for Travel Bursaries twice a year. For those travelling between 1 July to 31 December of a given year, 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. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

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 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.

Applications for travel bursaries close 5pm (Australian Central Daylight Time) on 1 April 2016 for travel between 1 June 2016 and 31 December 2016.

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 commencing 1 January 2017 will open in October 2016.

Previous funding rounds

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