METS Ignited has opened the third round of its Collaborative Project Funds.
The project funding is an opportunity for industry to secure matched funding to commercialise innovation that is of benefit to the Australian Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) and mining sector.
• the project fund will have a particular interest in robotics and automation
• matched funding is available from A$100,000 up to A$3 million
• applications close 31 August 2018
• projects must be collaborative and industry-led with clear commercialisation applications that address one or more of the following:
o METS Ignited's Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKP) in Sector Competitiveness Plan
o key mining challenges
o establishment of METS Living Lab nodes/sandpits as part of an industry wide Living Lab network
o blue sky opportunities where solutions do not currently exist
The funding program is promoting collaboration between METS companies and requires multiple companies to be involved in the project.
The balance of the consortium is required to be Australian but European based companies can be involved as long as there is substantial local representation. There is a test included for a positive impact on the Australian METS sector.
Collaborative projects which include participation from the research community are also encouraged.
More information about the funds
The METS Ignited Project Fund can be accessed by industry via an Expression of Interest process. A template and further information is available on the METS Ignited website.