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Project Funds Round 3

The METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds are intended to drive collaboration and/or be of broad benefit to the Australian METS sector.


Innovation in the mining sector is not easy and the customers (mining companies) are increasingly asking for bigger, more integrated solutions to bigger problems.

A common phrase is 'we are dying in a hail of silver bullets'. Understanding the barriers to adoption of innovation by customers and developing collaborative partnerships to overcome them is essential for success in today's mining industry.

Under the funds, METS Ignited is encouraging the development of projects led by a METS company collaborating with at least one other METS company and working closely with funding support from an end-user, such as a mining company, system integrator or OEM. Projects supported by researchers as subject matter experts will add strength to the collaborative efforts.

Projects must be collaborative and industry-led with clear commercialisation applications that address one or more of the following:

  • Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKP) in Sector Competitiveness Plan, including IKPs 1-3 that focus on strengthening METS company's business capabilities to make them globally competitive
  • Key mining challenges
  • Establishment of METS Living Lab nodes/sandpits as part of an industry wide Living Lab network
  • Blue sky opportunities where solutions do not currently exist. Developing a solution will bring very significant and long lasting benefits to mining companies and to the Australian METS sector.
  • Other industry-led projects that can demonstrate they will deliver a sustainable advantage to the METS sector

The third round of the METS Ignited Project Funds will have a particular interest in robotics and automation. However, all applications will be treated on their merits and assessed against the section criteria. All projects that have global impact and will deliver substantial benefits to the METS sector will be considered.

Key mining challenges

A thorough review by METS Ignited has identified a number of key challenges to the mining sector:

  • Improving exploration for deep and remotely located minerals
  • A deeper, continuously up-to-date, understanding of the resource base
  • Boosting productivity and maintenance performance through analytics, connectivity and IoT
  • Optimising material and equipment flow, towards a continuous mining and processing mindset
  • Improving performance and reducing harm through mechanisation and automation
  • Selective mining and processing to boost processing intensity
  • Novel mining and processing addressing difficult and presently uneconomic orebodies (e.g. low-grade)
  • Reducing mining's footprint including boosting safety and environmental performance, and improving stakeholder relations.

Further detail is provided in the Key Mining Challenges.


Successful projects would normally be led by a METS company and collaboration is interpreted as requiring the participation of at least two METS companies.

How to apply

The funding opportunity from METS Ignited can be accessed by industry via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. To apply, please complete the Short Proposal Application Form (below) and email to

Projects will be evaluated on their merit against alignment with the above topics and the new METS Ignited Project Funds Program Guidelines.

Applications closed on 31 August 2018.

Application process

1. Complete the Short Proposal Application Form (below).

2. Email the completed template to by close of business 31 August 2018.

More information

For additional information about the EOI and METS Ignited Project Funds, please read the METS Ignited Project Funds Program Guidelines or the FAQ.

For enquiries please email or telephone METS Ignited General Manager - Industry Engagement Peter Clarke on 0438 931 179.