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The following programs may offer alternative sources of funding relevant to minerals research, the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector or the mining industry more broadly.

MRIWA will consider requests to co-fund proposals submitted to the programs below if allowable under the respective funding rules, where the proposed activity aligns to the MRIWA Research Priority Plan and meets all MRIWA eligibility requirements.

Commonwealth Assistance

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund supports collaborative research projects between Australia and India with grants of up to $1 million. Applications must be in one of the priority areas identified for the current round and have an Indian partner who is applying through the corresponding Indian system.

Australian Research Council – Linkage Project Grants

Linkage Project Grants provide up to $300,000 of matched funding per year over a maximum of five years. Eligible projects must promote long term strategic research alliances between researchers and business, industry and community organisations to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and provide a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants provide up to $3 million of matched funding to support short-term (maximum three years) industry-led collaborations to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Grants

Through various Foundations, Councils and Institutes, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides funding for collaborative projects to promote exchange and collaboration between Australia and other counties including India, Korea and Latin America. Projects must align to one of the priority areas for the designated round.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme provides funding to support a range of activities enabling small and medium-sized businesses to improve growth capabilities and networks, engage with researchers, foster innovation and encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services.

Global Innovation Linkages Program

The Global Innovation Linkages Program provides matched funding of up to $1 million to help Australian businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners. The fund supports strategically-focused, leading-edge research and development in priority areas aligning to Government-funded Industry Growth Centres.

National Energy Resources Australia

National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) is one of 6 Industry Growth Centres established under the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative. NERA provides funding for industry-led, collaborative projects that demonstrate innovative solutions with the aim of enhancing productivity, competitiveness and long-term sustainability of Australia’s energy resources sector.

Small and Medium Enterprises Export Hubs

The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant provides matched funding of up to $1.5 million to assist in setting up and/or running an SME export hubs. The hubs will work with Growth Centres in each sector to take advantage of export opportunities.

Western Australian Government Assistance

Access Asia Business Grants

The Western Australian Government provides funding of up to $10,000 to support Western Australian small to medium business organisations and associations working in one of the six identified priority sectors to advance their international business efforts in Asian markets.

Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS)

The Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) is a State Government initiative that aims to encourage exploration in Western Australia for the long-term sustainability of the State’s resources sector.

Local Capability Fund

The Local Capability Fund (LCF) provides funding in priority areas to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Western Australia with increasing their capability and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to the Western Australian State Government, major projects and other important markets.

SPURonWA grant

Landgate provides grants up to $25,000 to support Western Australian businesses, startups and individuals who are developing innovative location data-based ideas, products or services.

Other Assistance


Amira is an independent global not-for-profit organisation representing members from the resources industry seeking to enhance, sustain and deliver transformational research and development, innovation and implementation for the benefit of society

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusImm) Education Endowment Fund awards scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying within the resources sector.

Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program

The Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) provides funding for research into the improvement of all aspects of the production and utilisation of black coal, including improvements in safety standards and health and environmental impacts.

Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists

The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Research Foundation (ASEG RF) provide grants of up to $10,000 per annum (over a maximum of 3 years) to support geophysical research projects undertaken by geophysical students at BSc (Honours), MSc and PhD levels at any Australian university.

Mining & Quarrying Occupational Health & Safety Committee

The Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health & Safety Committee provides funding to support research into occupational health or safety that could benefit workers in the mining and quarrying industries.

Page was last reviewed 21 February 2024

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