Research Grants

The MRIWA Board has adopted the Research Priority Plan (RPP) to guide the Board’s decisions on research grant Applications. The RPP is a required reference under Division 4 of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia Act 2013.

The RPP identifies key challenges and opportunities in the WA minerals industry and provides the remit within which the Board will consider Applications for research grants. (For more detail please refer the next section.)

An application form for a MRIWA research grant can be found in this section, and we offer the following background and guidelines for completing and submitting an application.
Our funding application form requires:

  • An executive summary of 1 page or less;
  • A clearly rationalised budget for the proposed project;
  • A comprehensive description of the project with well thought-out milestones; and
  • Indications of industry support in both cash and in-kind contributions.

Literature references and research backgrounds of the applicants and other participants must also be supplied.

An application can take a minimum of 2-3 months to process (refer Flowchart for a MRIWA Application) depending on the timing of the submission and the completeness of the Application.

For an Application to MRIWA to be successful the applicant(s) must show that the work proposed will directly benefit the Western Australian economy, is directed to the mineral deposits in WA and is within the remit of the Research Priority Plan. Potential and committed industry sponsors of a project should be named in the application, and letters of commitment of this support should be included.

All sponsorship funds must be paid directly to MRIWA who will administer them. Please refer to the MRIWA Policy Statements before completing an application for funding.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year and are assessed on an ‘as received’ basis. A well prepared Application which includes all required information, including written indication of potential sponsor support, usually receives the fastest approval.

Projects in which MRIWA invests typically have a duration of between 6 months and 3 years.

The applicants, the grantee research organisation, sponsoring companies and MRIWA sign a contractual agreement for each project, which specifies what is required of each party for successful completion of the project.

Researchers must provide progress reports to support claims or progress payments. This is usually on a quarterly basis; a different period may be agreed in particular circumstances. A final report must be submitted, and after release by the sponsor(s) is published by MRIWA.

Should you wish to obtain the application in word .doc format, please contact the MRIWA office.