Application for research funding by Winetech

Winetech acts in the interest of the SA Wine Industry and will be guided, in the consideration of any application, by whether the specific research, technology transfer or training will contribute to the creation and application of technology which may result in winning advantages in the marketplace.


Guidelines, procedure and general information (Terms and Conditions)

  1. All applications must be submitted via the Winetech website to ensure that the latest prescribed format is used every year (concept proposal, new project application, progress report, and final report). PLEASE DO NOT USE OLD FORMS. All fields must be completed in full.

  2. WINETECH requests that the "Concept Proposal” form should be used as motivation for funding of possible new research projects. Concept Proposals must be submitted by a specific date of the preceding year (E.g Projects commencing in 2020 must be applied for in 2019).

  3. Researchers must respect the deadlines and format required for submissions of all Concept Proposals, New Project Applications, Progress and Final reports to WINETECH (see point 2).  If deadlines are missed you will not receive funding.

  4. Researchers are expected to have started a comprehensive literature study on the specific research topic, before submitting the Concept Proposal. A short , concise and well constructed motivation (200 words) is required regarding the contribution (novelty) that the study will bring to what is already known on the topic.

  5. WINETECH will submit the Concept Proposals to expert technical committees to be reviewed in the course of March, where after the applicants will be notified on the outcome.

  6. Applicants of approved Concept Proposals will be requested to submit a "New Project” application providing more detail by the end of May. Key findings from a literature study to be included as motivation for funding in the application (400 words). More detail of the literature study can be requested.

  7. Applicants will have to provide detail of their correspondence with industry members in their New Project application.

  8. Committees will evaluate the detail of “New Project” applications during June. If necessary researchers can be requested to provide additional information or even re-submit the application for further discussions by the committees in August/September. Applications that are not clearly understood by the committees will not be selected.

  9. During September the committees evaluate: Progress Reports of running projects, re-submitted New Project Applications and Final Reports.

  10. Final approval of project funding (new and running projects) is dependent on the Budget approval by the WINETECH COUNCIL. Formal feedback and final approval of projects will be provided after the last Council meeting held in October/November of the specific year.

  11. WINETECH will attempt to inform all applicants before the end of November of the year in question whether their application, as determined by the available budget, has been successful or not.

  12. All running projects (Progress Reports) are re-evaluated annually. Funding in a particular year does not imply an automatic continuation of funding in the following year. Continued funding will only be considered after submission and approval of annual Progress Reports on condition that annual outputs /deliverables have been met and deadlines have been respected.

  13. The funding of projects are subject to available funds, alignment with the specific identified research priorities (Winetech Themes) as well as the approval of the WINETECH Council.

  14. When a project has finished a "Final Report" must be submitted to WINETECH. Projects will only be regarded as completed after approval by WINETECH.

  15. Project leaders are responsible to ensure that all reports (Progress and Final) are read and reviewed by the entire project team prior to submission to Winetech to ensure reports are correct, concise, well written and fit for committee review.

  16. In the case where students are not able to complete their studies/projects the project leader is responsible for the completion of the project and the submission of the final report.

  17. Project leaders are to inform WINETECH immediately if projects cannot continue, will be delayed, or of any risk that may result in the project not being completed on time (E.g Student issues, equipment failure, material loss etc.)

  18. Requests for Extensions will be handled on a case-by-case basis and have to be very well motivated for additional time and/or funding. Project leaders  submitting “Extension Requests” that require additional funding must communicate their intentions a year in advance.

  19. The Final Reports of all WINETECH funded research projects will also be made available to the Wine industry on WINETECH’s Research Output Database.

  20. The raw data of WINETECH funded research projects must be available upon request after completion of the project.

  21. The results of all WINETECH funded research projects must be:

    1. presented to the end-users in the industry (Information days, Conferences)

    2. published in at least one scientific journal (Support to SAJEV is recommended)

    3. published in one popular magazine (Winetech Technical/Wineland magazine).

  1. Researchers to liaise with the WINETECH Knowledge Transfer specialists before presenting WINETECH funded work to industry to ensure scientific communication is translated into a clear take-home message for improved engagement.

  2. WINETECH to be invited to thesis defenses or dissertations of all WINETECH funded projects.

  3. Researchers to contact the WINETECH office for approval if requested by other industries to do Knowledge Transfer actions (E.g presentations at information days).

  4. Payment will take place following submission of an invoice at times agreed upon on an annual basis by WINETECH and the party in question.

  5. WINETECH reserves the right to claim a pro rata share of any income generated by immaterial property rights and more specifically any patent rights issuing from the research. The pro rata share is in accordance with the percentage of the WINETECH funding of the total expenses of the project. However, WINETECH will also contribute pro rata to all the expenses involved in the registration of such rights. The share of the rights attributable to WINETECH has to be negotiated before WINETECH will fund the project in question.

  6. Applicants have to accept the TERMS and CONDITIONS and a signed document to be submitted to the Winetech office.

Apply now to get funding for your research

The initial request is done on the Concept Proposal template (in the beginning of March of the preceding year) followed by the New Project application if requested by Winetech. Progress reports have to be submitted annually and Final reports at the conclusion of the project.