Welcome to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia

The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) is a statutory body established by the Western Australian Government under the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia Act 2013 to stimulate minerals research to support investment in, and operation of, a globally competitive minerals industry in Western Australia.

MRIWA’s primary function is to provide and administer funding grants to carry out minerals research.  The Institute is able to collaborate with local, Australian and worldwide research and scientific institutions and is also able to undertake and procure minerals research itself.

As well as directly supporting minerals research projects, MRIWA funds are available for projects, programs and events that promote public awareness of, and interest in, minerals research, and to support related academic activities.

MRIWA has a scholarships program for PhD candidates and for final year students’ Honours projects, where the field of study is relevant to the MRIWA objectives as detailed in it’s Research Priority Plan.

The expertise of MRIWA is available to the State Minister and the WA Government to foster and promote minerals research for the benefit of the Western Australia.

The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia Act 2013 repeals the Minerals and Energy Research Act 1987 thereby abolishing the Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia (MERIWA).

News and Events

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6 Sep

MRIWA needs your help! Input into the use of UAV and Drones within the minerals sector

Expressions of Interest are invited: Seeking input into the use of UAV and Drones within the minerals sector The Minerals Research Institute Western Australia (MRIWA) has partnered with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) in the QA4UAV project to develop an assisted ‘best practice’ process for ...

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22 Aug

MRIWA's new Project Manager

MRIWA would like to welcome Dr Charmaine de Witt as its new Project Manager. Charmaine joins the team as Dr Penny Atkins will be retiring in September. Charmaine holds a PhD in bioinorganic chemistry, and has spent the major part of her career as a research scientist in impurities removal in the Alumina industry, where ...

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