Applications open for $22,000 GWRDC award


Young viticulture and oenology scientists are being encouraged to apply for up to $22,000 to fund a project on an issue to benefit the Australian wine sector.

The award, which is available to those aged 18-35, can be used to fund a range of activities including research projects, sector visits or to attend conferences and workshops.

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) is offering a GWRDC award, worth $22,000, as part of the 2012 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

GWRDC executive director Neil Fisher says young researchers have a significant role in the future of the local wine industry.

“We are committed to helping develop our future researchers and leaders. This award is one of the ways we foster excellence,” Fisher said.

Dr Matteo Marangon of the Australian Wine Research Institute won the 2011 GWRDC award, which allowed him to investigate the causes of protein instability in white wine.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry also provides an additional award of $33,000 to one of the industry category award recipients to develop their project.

The 2012 Science and Innovation Awards aim to encourage science, innovation and technology in rural industries and help to advance the careers of young scientists.

Applications for the awards close on Friday 18 November 2011.

For more information or to apply, visit: or contact: (02) 6272 2260.