The MRIWA grants program for research projects is intended to develop implemental knowledge and technology solutions for the minerals industry.
Applications for research grants submitted to MRIWA must be for minerals research, conform to the MRIWA objective set out in the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia Act 2013 and be within the scope of the Research Priorities Plan.
Applicants are to use the MRIWA Application form, available on this site. MRIWA welcomes discussion with interested parties in advance of a formal proposal being submitted.
MRIWA employs a multi-stage review process for every application, which includes independent technical assessment, and review by a Theme Committee which provides advice to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee delivers an opinion to the MRIWA Board which considers every application submitted to it.
All advisors to the Board are appointed by the MRIWA Board.
MRIWA wishes to provide meaningful financial investment in a research project and is principally focused on funding two categories of projects:
- High impact projects that require significant public sector funding.
Research projects that potentially have a significant impact on MRIWA’S achieving its objective and require a significant MRIWA grant to lower the hurdle rate (i.e. risk) for industry investment. Projects in this category may be earlier-stage applied research projects with a longer outcome horizon.
- High impact projects that require incremental public sector funding.
Research projects that potentially have a significant impact on MRIWA’s achieving its objective but require proportionately less MRIWA investment to lower the hurdle rate for industry investment. Projects in this category may be later-stage applied research projects with a shorter outcome horizon.
Meaningful financial contributions from industry to research projects are critical from two perspectives:
- Industry participation increases the likelihood that R & D activities will remain focused on developing solutions which industry can implement; and
- Industry participation enables more financial resources and expertise (scientific, operational and strategic) to be brought to bear on a project.
The design of the MRIWA granting process particularly suits engagement with smaller businesses which can initiate, or participate in, research projects relevant to their commercial interests:
- Individual investments are project specific, i.e. not long-term subscriptions;
- Project participants agree on the research scope;
- Individual investments can be relatively small.
The MRIWA Conditions of Grant allow for considerable flexibility in arrangements for ownership and use of any IP developed during the course of a research project; again, this can suit the needs of the companies in the technology sector.