Collaborative exploration grants
The Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) provides industry grants to:
- encourage investment in under-explored and strategic parts of north Queensland
- support innovative exploration techniques.
The initiative is managed by the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ).
When is the next round of CEI grants?
Information about the next round of CEI grants (Round 3) will be announced in 2020.
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CEI grants awarded under Rounds 1 and 2
Round 1 of the program was awarded in December 2017. Nine projects were successfully completed by 7 companies, most focused on electrical and electromagnetic geophysical surveying. View the interactive map of Round 1 projects.
Round 2 of the program was awarded in December 2018 to 12 companies supporting a total of 15 projects. View the map of Round 2 projects (PDF, 804KB).
How to access final reports
Click on the maps below to view the company names and tenure locations:
QDEX Reports numbers are also available for the final reports for Round 1 projects that have been completed, and are publicly available.
|Round 1 final reports become open file on QDEX Reports||1 April 2019|
|Round 2 final reports become open file on QDEX Reports||1 April 2020|
|Round 1 drill core submitted||1 January 2021|
|Round 2 drill core submitted||1 January 2022|
Benefits to participants
The CEI grants are an important part of the SREP.
Supported projects will receive a grant of up to 50% of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000.
However, projects that meet an early incentive period will be eligible to receive a grant of up to 75% of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $300,000.
Eligible projects include drilling and non-drilling activities, such as seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys.
Benefits to north-west Queensland
By co-funding exploration activity with industry, the CEI grants stimulate private sector investment in under-explored parts of the North West Queensland Minerals Province (PDF, 199KB).
Through collaborative, innovative exploration, we aim to expand our shared knowledge of the geological foundations and resource potential of the region.
When the projects are completed, the companies will submit a final report with data and analysis. These reports will become publicly available on QDEX Reports.
Previous grant programs
You can access the exploration reports from previous grant programs on QDEX Reports. Conduct a General Search, and under the Report Type select Collaborative Drilling Initiative – Final (completed).
Maps of supported projects under the Queensland Government's previous exploration grants programs are below for reference.
- Rounds 1-4 (PDF, 1.9MB)
- Rounds 5-7 (PDF, 381KB)
- Round 8 (PDF, 168KB)
- Round 9 (PDF, 255KB)
- North West Queensland Minerals Province (PDF, 795KB)
Collaborative Exploration Initiative team
Phone: +61 7 3096 6123
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- Last reviewed: 24 Jan 2019
- Last updated: 19 Nov 2019