The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) is stewarding knowledge and intellectual property to keep Western Australia competitive as a world-leading producer of the vast mineral resources in our state.

To this end the Institute is offering minerals researchers the opportunity to apply for PhD scholarships, worth $30,000 and $40,000 per annum for 3.5 years, before the closing date on 31 October 2016.  

MRIWA CEO Mark Woffenden said the Institute was focussing on developing new technology and innovation in collaborative projects with industry, government and business.

 “We have received $6 million state funding to continue our work over the next three years and since we were established in February 2014, we have committed $7.1 million to minerals research, mainly through funding research institutions in WA.

“Our portfolio includes 21 approved research projects and nine PhD scholarships, valued at $18.1 million, including joint funding with other parties.

“If you have an idea we would like to hear from you. We are open to international, national and local researchers from any university – not only do we provide funding, but we can provide guidance on developing your project and assist to find partners working on similar research,” he said.

MRIWA will stimulate research that enables industry to invest in and operate globally competitive mineral exploration, mining, process and export enterprises in WA.

The Research Priority Plan is a principal tool used by the MRIWA Board to determine the R&D areas that will receive grant investments. The themes of the Plan are: find more resources; expand mining envelope; increase recoverable value; improve productivity; develop new products and markets.

The criteria for prioritising MRIWA research investments include: real and significant challenges and opportunities that contribute to achieving MRIWA's objective; MRIWA can provide meaningful financial leverage; positive outputs are likely to be adoptable solutions for industry in WA. 

All applications for MRIWA scholarships must be made to, and will be processed through your university scholarship website. An EOI must be submitted separately to MRIWA, details here. Applications will be considered in conjunction with the universities' schedule. 

There is also additional funding available for projects, programs and events that promote public awareness of minerals research. 

Please contact Dr Penny Atkins for initial enquiries and administration 




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