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Applications to the targeted funding round for research projects addressing the MRIWA Net Zero Emission Mining Challenge have now closed.

Future research proposals relevant to this Challenge may be submitted through MRIWA’s open call for grant applications in accordance with the MRIWA Grant Guidelines applicable to the open call.

The Opportunity

Mineral resources will play a critical role in supporting the energy transition to enable the international community to achieve net zero emissions. Western Australia is well-placed to take advantage of this accelerating global demand.

At the same time there is a need to look inward and for the Western Australian mining sector to eliminate its own operational greenhouse gas emissions.

Priority Areas

Project proposals should align to a program and theme in MRIWA’s Research Priority Plan and address a challenge or issue in the Western Australian mining sector that, if overcome, could facilitate a move towards net zero emissions.

While solutions aligned with all research themes will be considered, applications addressing the Challenge’s priority themes and related opportunities will be highly regarded.

The priority themes are:

Data Driven Decisions

  • Mapping emissions across the mine to metal value chain (from Scope 1+2+3) to evaluate effectiveness of initiatives
  • Digital models to assess options and build business cases
  • Exemplar mine sites to create capacity in industry and amongst stakeholders
  • Industry framework and common language for transparency, benchmarking and best practice

Mining and Processing Technology

  • Redesigning processes to optimise use of renewables and mitigate impact of intermittent power supply
  • Increased efficiency of material movement

Energy Utilisation

  • Integration of new technology including electrification, hydrogen, heat recovery, biomass and biodiesel
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of energy storage and use

Funding available

A total of up to $1 million in MRIWA co-funding was available through this targeted funding round.

All project applications must have demonstrated industry engagement and include an appropriate level of co-investment. For more information refer to MRIWA’s Financial Leverage Policy.

Closing Date

Applications to this competitive funding round closed Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Assessment and funding decisions

Applications will be assessed by a Grant Assessment Panel. The Panel will assess all eligible applications against merit criteria and make a recommendation to the MRIWA Board.

Download grant guidelines

Page was last reviewed 23 August 2021

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