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Four weeks left for $50K to advance Australia’s grape and wine industry

Innovators have just four weeks to win up to $50,000 to advance Australia’s grape and wine and other rural industries.

Applications for the 2009 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry close on 3 July 2009 and are open to Australians aged 18 to 35 who work or study in rural industries.

“These awards are a great opportunity for young scientists and innovators to boost our rural industries by helping them convert their ideas into reality,” Bureau of Rural Sciences executive director Karen Schneider said.

“There are 14 awards available, one of which is sponsored by Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation for innovative grape and wine industry projects."

Since 2001, more than 130 young Australians have received awards, including 2008 Grains Research and Development Corporation award winner, Dr Richard Muhlack.

“Dr Muhlack is investigating innovative ways of producing renewable energy from winery waste, such as grape skins and stalks,” Schneider said.

“This project has many potential benefits for the wine industry, including reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“With carbon-conscious consumers scrutinising food and beverage production methods, this project may provide the edge the industry needs to keep ahead of its competitors.”

The 2009 award winners can use their funding for a range of activities such as conducting research projects, visiting industry or attending conferences.

The awards also allow winners to build their networks and gain skills in media liaison to help promote their research.

Application forms are available at www.daff.gov.au/scienceawards.

For further information email or phone +612 6272 5039.

The 2009 awards are coordinated by the Bureau of Rural Sciences and sponsored by the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, Australian Egg Corporation Limited, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Dairy Australia, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Horticulture Australia Limited, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Research and Development Corporations of Fisheries, Grains, Grape and Wine, Rural Industries and Sugar.

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