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 collaborates with research and government entities in Australia and overseas.

MRIWA has a scholarships program for PhD candidates where the field of study is relevant to the MRIWA objectives as detailed in its Research Priority Plan.

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.


News and Events

28 May

WA research supports future mineral exploration in the Yilgarn province

Minister Johnson released the results of research findings for MRIWA project M0494 today. Researchers led by Dr John Walshe at CSIRO have developed a new cost-effective geochemical exploration method allowing the targeting of precious metal resources that have eluded traditional exploration methods. This research ...

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20 May

Innovative geochemical research delivers new exploration insights in the Capricorn region of WA

MRIWA-sponsored research in project M0436 by scientists from CSIRO, The Centre for Exploration Targeting, and Curtin University has developed new understanding of the mineral endowment of Western Australia’s Capricorn region. The team gathered new insight into the evolution of the region, and developed innovative ...

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