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Applications close 0700 (AWST) 7 July 2021

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.

Applications are now open for research projects addressing the MRIWA Net Zero Emission Mining Challenge.

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 for this round 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 is available in this competitive funding round, to be awarded to one or more research projects.

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

The deadline for applications is 0700 (AWST) Wednesday 7 July 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the NZEM Grant Guidelines specific to this funding round, and to discuss their proposal with the MRIWA Research Portfolio Managers prior to commencing development of an application.

All applications must be made on the appropriate application form and emailed to rpm@mriwa.wa.gov.au by the closing date and time.

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.

It is anticipated a funding decision would be made by the MRIWA Board at its next scheduled meeting in August 2021.

Download grant guidelines and application form

Page was last reviewed 28 May 2021

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