Collaborative exploration grants

Applications for the second round of grant funding closed Friday 31 August 2018.

The Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) provides industry grants to:

  • encourage investment in under-explored parts of north-west Queensland
  • support innovative exploration techniques.

The first round of funding was awarded in December 2017 to 9 companies supporting a total of 12 projects.

Applications for the second and final round of CEI grant funding, under the Strategic Resources Exploration Program, closed on Friday 31 August.

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Benefits to participants

Grants can meet half of direct activity costs up to a maximum of $200,000 per project.

Project location

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must have granted tenure with a project targeting resources in the North West Queensland Minerals Province (PDF, 265KB). The CEI area is also shown on MinesOnlineMaps - you can use this to check that your project falls within the area's boundary.

What activities can be funded?

Funding is available to cover both drilling and non-drilling activities, including seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys.

For the most recent round of funding, we've also included mobilisation, pad preparation, and selected downhole analysis as eligible drilling activities.

Project timelines

Projects must start no earlier than 19 November 2018 or 18 November 2019. Timelines for completion are provided below. There is an incentive of up to $100,000 per project for early completion. Only 1 date can be chosen per project and the project cannot start before that chosen start date.

Start from date Completion date for funding eligibility Early completion date for incentive funding
19 November 2018 20 December 2019 9 August 2019
18 November 2019 18 December 2020 7 August 2020

Previous grant rounds

You can access the exploration reports from completed projects on QDEX Reports. Lists of supported projects are provided below.

Collaborative Exploration Initiative projects

Collaborative Drilling Initiative projects

Contact us

Collaborative Exploration Initiative team
Phone: +61 7 3096 6121