Wine Australia is inviting early career researchers to apply for funding through the Incubator Initiative, a new program that will fund a series of regionally focused research projects.

The Incubator Initiative connects early career researchers with Australia’s wine regions to lead a co-funded locally-focused research project from priorities identified by Wine Australia’s Regional Program Partners.

Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the program will foster stronger links between wine regions and research and development, and support emerging researchers who wish to move into the grape and wine sector.

‘Wine Australia funds research and marketing activities on behalf of the Australian wine sector and we’re passionate about getting the best people to work in our grape and wine community’, he said.

‘The Incubator Initiative is an exciting opportunity to further develop the connections between our research communities and our unique wine regions, while providing practical solutions that are locally-focused.

‘Research projects will be developed to answer specific needs in our wine regions, and researchers will work with our Regional Program Partners throughout the project and deliver the findings to grapegrowers and winemakers in the region.

‘The Initiative will deliver value to the grape and wine sector and benefit early career researchers.’

The Incubator Initiative is open to all early career researchers working for an Australian-based research organisation. Early career is defined as someone who has less than five years postdoctoral or post-Masters research experience.

Up to $20,000 is available to undertake projects identified by wine regions across Australia, with this funding matched by a co-contribution – cash or in-kind – from the research organisation where the researcher is employed.

The Incubator Initiative is a three-way partnership between Wine Australia, regional associations and research organisations to support our grape and wine community and encourage early career researchers.

The Wine Australia Regional Program Partners have crafted a series of local research questions for project applications in the fields of viticulture, winery management and logistics.

Project applications must be developed in consultation with the Regional Program Partner in the region where the research will be based and aligned to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

Applications close on 18 April 2017.

For more information please visit: www.wineaustralia.com/news/media-releases/incubator-initiative

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