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

13 Jul

Delivering an economically viable processing method for the Panton Sill deposit

MRIWA project M0458 could allow commercial development of the Panton Sill platinum deposit in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Despite the value of metals within this resource, their distribution across a series of thin layers make extraction un-economic using conventional approaches. The greater processing ...

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18 Jun

Research delivers new insight into the history and prospectivity of the emerging Albany-Fraser mineral province

Innovative geochemical analysis in MRIWA project M470 demonstrates the Albany–Fraser Orogen shares an early history of geological development and mineralisation with the richly-endowed Yilgarn Craton. Deformed and fractured rocks penetrate deep beneath this region, helping to focus the development of ancient mineralised ...

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