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Applications open for Queensland collaborative METS project grants

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Applications have opened for grants worth between $50,000 and $300,000 through the Queensland government’s $2.67 million Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Collaborative Project Fund.

Grants cover up to half of eligible project costs to assist teams “to innovate and collaborate to develop projects to address environmental and safety challenges facing the resources sector”.

Funding goes to the consortium lead on a project. They can be either a mining company that owns and operates a mine in Queensland or a METS company supplying directly to a planned or existing mining operation in the state.

“We aim to champion initiatives that focus on global industry challenges such as automation, mine rehabilitation, reducing emissions across the resources supply chain, and collaborating with resource companies to pilot groundbreaking technologies,” said Queensland minister for state development Grace Grace in a statement on Friday.

Applications opened on Thursday and will close on May 31, with applicants to be advised if they have been successful by the end of August.

Guidelines are available here.

Picture: credit CSIRO

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