The application process for the third tranche of the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund opens this week, with $6m in project funding to be awarded to mining equipment, technology and services (METS) businesses fostering collaboration and innovation.

The Australian Government has provided $15.6m over four years (2015-19) to METS Ignited as part of the Industry Growth Centre Project Fund to incentivise collaboration and address sector priorities. This funding established the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund, which supports industry-led projects to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity in the METS sector.

Companies that participate in the mining supply chain are invited to submit a short application form in order to be considered for a portion of the funding. For this round, METS Ignited is emphasising the importance of projects in the areas of robotics and automation.

Applications are open until 31 August 2018. Further information can be found at www.metsignited.org

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