Funding & scholarships

Dr Darrell Lizamore, Lincoln University.

New Zealand Winegrowers accepts research proposals at any time throughout the year.

If a research provider would like to start a project near the beginning of a new financial year (1st July) however, the Expression of Interest (EoI) must be submitted by the 31 January of the previous year.

In general, New Zealand Winegrowers runs a two-step proposal process:

1. An applicant can fill out an EoI template that provides enough information for an initial evaluation by the Research Committee.

2. If the EoI is accepted, the applicant proceeds to a full proposal that, upon acceptance, becomes the contract between the applicant and New Zealand Winegrowers.

EoIs and full proposals should be emailed to Dr Simon Hooker at New Zealand Winegrowers.

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests in farmer, grower and forester-led projects that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand’s land-based primary industries.

If you are considering applying for SFF funding for wine-industry related projects, please email Dr Hooker in the first instance to discuss your project proposal.


The Rod Bonfiglioli Memorial Scholarship

Dr Rod Bonfiglioli believed that the best wines start with healthy vines. An enthusiastic proponent of New Zealand’s premium wines, he endeavoured to optimise vine performance by optimising vine health – to that end, much of his career focused on applied research in conjunction with nurseries, growers, viticulturists and winemakers.

Recipients of the Rod Bonfiglioli Memorial Scholarship receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for conducting PhD studies plus $10,000 expenses for fees and research costs for a maximum of three years – a total scholarship of $120,000.00 + GST (if applicable).

The selection panel considers the following in awarding the scholarship:

  • The candidate demonstrates a willingness to work closely with the New Zealand Wine Industry.
  • The proposed research presents a clear vision of how it would contribute to the improvement of the wine industry.
  • The proposal is of high scientific merit.
  • A clear and detailed work plan and budget is provided.

Past scholarships have been awarded to:

  • Arnaud Blouin, March 2014
  • Darrell Lizamore, July 2011

Romeo Bragato Scholarships

The Bragato Trust provides scholarships for New Zealand resident graduates and exceptional undergraduates to gain further qualifications or experience, in New Zealand or elsewhere, in subjects of relevance to the viticulture and wine industry.

Three annual study grants are available:

  1. Undergraduate Award, up to $3,500
  2. Postgraduate Scholarship, up to $15,000
  3. Research Fellowship, up to $15,000

For more information and to access the application forms, visit the Romeo Bragato website.

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