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Applications for research funding are accepted throughout the year for projects which address a challenge or issue facing the minerals industry in Western Australia and aligned to the MRIWA Research Priority Plan.

In addition, MRIWA may issue a call for applications on a specific theme or commission research in areas of high need.

All applications are considered at the quarterly MRIWA Board meetings.

Commencement of the project and release of funds is subject to execution of the Conditions of Grant agreement by all parties.


View approved projects

The following projects have been approved by the MRIWA Board in the past 12 months.

August 2021

Research contact Lead organisation Project title Research Priority Area  Total Grant Value MRIWA Contribution
Ignacio Gonzalelz-Alvarez CSIRO Distal footprints in the South West Terrane (M10433) Find More Viable Resources –
Mineral Systems
$1,233,000 $308,000
Louise Schoneveld CSIRO Indicator minerals for nickel exploration (M10426) Find More Viable Resources –
Mineral Systems
$1,419,677 $354,914
Tarni Riggs BHP Nickel West Using Muon Tomography with borehole sensors to discover new high-grade NiS deposits in the Agnew-Wiluna Greenstone Belt (M10431) Find More Viable Resources –
Detection Technology
$1,098,800 $274,800

May 2021

Research contact Lead organisation Project title Research Priority Area  Total Grant Value MRIWA Contribution
Waqar Asad Curtin University Sustainable optimisation of mining complexes through innovative algorithms (M10430)

Expand the Mining Envelope –

Data driven decisions

$105,000 $60,000

December 2020

Research contact Lead organisation Project title Research Priority Area  Total Grant Value MRIWA Contribution
Andrew Beer University of South Australia CRC TiME: Post mining land use – Practice mapping options (M10413) Remediation And Mine Closure –
Sustainable land use post-mining
$149,459 $15,000
Carolyn Oldham University of Western Australia CRC TiME: How can CRC TiME help industry, government and communities prevent closure related acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) impacts? (M10409) Remediation And Mine Closure –
Acid mine drainage and treatment of tailings
$100,000 $15,000
Ali Pourmousavi Kani University of Adelaide FBI CRC: Assessment, design and operation of battery-supported electric mining vehicles and machinery (M0533u) Infrastructure and Logistics –
Data driven decisions
$1,160,000 $300,000
Prokopiy Vasilyev Curtin University FBI CRC: Development of a trusted supply chain for Australian Battery minerals and products (M0533q) New Products and Markets –
Data driven decisions
$4,200,000 $500,000
Devika Bhatia University of Western Australia Scholarship: Taxation of Australian mining firms Expand the Mining Envelope –
Regulatory tools and processes
$107,626.67 $107,626.67
Alexandra Halliday University of Western Australia Scholarship: Integrating field monitoring and numerical modelling to better quantify the stability of tailings storage facilities Increase Recovered Value Through Processing –
Safety, social and environmental sustainability
$52,972.50 $52,972.50
Liz Wall University of Western Australia Scholarship: A new deal between mining companies and communities to deliver sustained positive development outcomes for Indigenous or land-connected communities Remediation And Mine Closure –
Safety, social and environmental sustainability
$52,972.50 $52,972.50

August 2020

Research contact Lead organisation Project title Research Priority Area  Total Grant Value MRIWA Contribution
Amanda Ellis University of Melbourne FBI CRC: Super anode proposal (M0533k) New Products and Markets –
Downstream processing technology
$3,500,000 $200,000
Peter Talbot Queensland University of Technology FBI CRC: Establishment of the National Battery Testing Centre (M0533j) New Products and Markets –
Data driven decisions
$4,947,363 $200,000

Page was last reviewed 23 September 2021

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