Research & development

Applying for funding

We invest in and direct 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 Clarity Information 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

We are inviting collaborative multi-disciplinary proposals in five high priority areas in two separate rounds in 2015, with successful projects anticipated to commence from January 2016 and July 2016, respectively.

Round 1: customer insights and digital viticulture

To help identify researchable questions, we have commissioned a report in each of these priority areas. The reports analyse the research outcomes already achieved, explore the future needs identified by the wine sector and pose potential researchable questions.

  • Customer insights: Customer insights research will focus on why customers choose Australian wine and what influences their decisions. It will focus on pre-competitive insights and will link to our extension and market development activities. Click here to read the gaps analysis.
  • Digital viticulture: Digital viticulture is the development and deployment of digital technologies for viticulture. Research will look into accurate, real-time measurements of key crop parameters in the vineyard and the rapid delivery of information to growers and wineries. Click here to read the gaps analysis.

Preliminary project applications are due by Friday 14 August 2015. If you wish to discuss a potential research project, please contact Anne Duncan (customer insights) or Keith Hayes (digital viticulture).

Applications must be lodged through our online project management tool 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 Friday 2 October 2015. We anticipate successful projects will commence from January 2016.

 

Round 2: climate adaptation, sustainability, and quality and provenance.

To help identify researchable questions, we will commission a report in each of these priority areas and make these reports available when the application process opens in early October 2015.

Preliminary applications will be due in early November. We anticipate inviting final project applications in early December 2015, for submission in mid February 2016. Successful projects are likely to commence from July 2016.

More information on Round 2 will be available when the application process opens in early October 2015

Investment application guidelines and forms

 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 our discretion.

Applications are submitted online. You are required to complete and lodge applications online through 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.

The closing date for travel scholarships for 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 is Friday 3 April 2015.

The closing date for travel scholarships from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 is Friday 2 October 2015.

You are required to complete and lodge applications online through 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.

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 2015 to 31 December 2015 is Friday 3 April 2015.

The closing date for visiting scholar bursaries from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 is Friday 2 October 2015.

You are required to complete and lodge applications online through 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.

Previous funding rounds

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