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Collaborative exploration grants

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

  • encourage exploration, particularly in frontier areas
  • support innovative exploration techniques, including machine learning
  • promote the discovery and development of 'new economy' minerals.

New economy minerals include a range of metals and mineral elements in high demand for use in renewable energy and advanced technological applications.

The initiative is managed by the Geological Survey of Queensland.

Round 3 funding announced

The latest round of grants was awarded in February 2020. Please see below for a list of supported projects.

Future funding rounds

The New Economy Minerals Initiative has $3.5 million in funding for future grants over the next 5 years, including over $965,000 in the current 2019-20 financial year.

A new round of funding will be announced in May 2020 for projects to be completed by 31 May 2021.

Please check back for details on how to apply or email for more information.

CEI grants awarded

Round 3 - February 2020

Round 3 funded under the New Economy Minerals Initiative was awarded in February 2020.

Applications for funding of up to $200,000 per project were considered. Seven companies received grants for a total of 7 projects.

The successful projects support exploration for a range of commodities including rare earth elements, vanadium, cobalt, lithium, molybdenum (+rhenium) across projects from greenfield to brownfield development status.

Supported projects cover a broad geographical area across north-east and north-west Queensland, as well as a wide range of exploration techniques, including drilling, geophysics, geochemistry (including re-assay), hydrogeochemistry and data analytics.

See a list of round 3 projects below or view them on the CEI interactive map.

CEI Round 3 funded projects

Queensland fundingCompany Project name Description of activity and location
$200,000.00 Chinova Resources Pty Ltd Mount Dore Corridor Geochemistry Project Re-analysis of existing soil samples for new economy minerals south of Cloncurry
$160,000.00 Vecco Industrial Pty Ltd Debella Vanadium Geochemistry Project Re-analysis of drill core samples for new economy minerals north of Julia Creek
$98,000.00 SMA Mining Pty Ltd Georgetown Lithium Drilling Project Drilling to confirm the economic potential of lithium mineralisation in the Georgetown District
$90,000.00 Mt Dockerell Mining Pty Ltd/ Hammer Metals Kalman and Mt Philp Geophysical (Magnetotelluric) Project Electromagnetic survey to characterise subsurface geology of new economy minerals prospective region south-east of Mount Isa
$112,000.00 Transition Resources Pty Ltd Cloncurry Geochemistry Project Re-analysis of existing soil and drill samples testing a new mineral system model for new economy minerals in the Cloncurry area
$193,000.00 Hammer Metals/ Mulga Minerals Koppany Rare Earth Elements Drilling Project Drilling to test large rare earth element anomaly between Mount Isa and Cloncurry
$112,000.00 Moho Resources Limited Empress Springs –Hydrogeochemistry Project Sampling groundwater from existing water bores and drill holes for indicators of new economy minerals south of Croydon

Rounds 1 and 2 - 2017 and 2018

Rounds 1 and 2 of the CEI grants were funded under the Strategic Resources Exploration Program.

Round 2 of the program was awarded in December 2018 to 12 companies supporting a total of 15 projects. Eligible projects included drilling and non-drilling activities, such as seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys.

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.

How to access final reports and data

Once projects are completed, companies submit a final report with data and analysis. After a time, these reports are made publicly available on QDEX Reports. See the timeline for release below.

The CEI interactive map has links to QDEX Reports for CEI projects that have been completed and are publicly available.

Project timelines

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

Collaborative drilling initiative

You can access the exploration reports from our previous grants program, the Collaborative Drilling Initiative (CDI), on QDEX Reports.

Conduct a General Search, and under the Report Type select Collaborative Drilling Initiative – Final (completed).

Maps of the projects that were supported under the program are available below for reference.

Contact us

Geological Survey of Queensland
Phone: +61 7 3096 6136