Research and Development Programs


In 2017, International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) has established three new programs under the research and development focus area to meet the needs of its mineral company members.

Exploring Innovations

  • Focuses on projects that may or have the potential to bring transformative/transformational innovations to meet the needs of next generation and/or future mines and mills
  • Projects are a short-term engagement up to a maximum six months
  • Maximum funding award of $25,000

Developing Innovations

  • This program aims to advance applied research and development that focus on solutions to an industry need, with a focus on technology that could be deployed for use in the minerals industry if the project is successful
  • Projects are a maximum two-year term
  • Maximum funding award of $200,000

Operationalizing Innovations

  • This program funds the development and demonstration of innovations that can be put into use by the industry by helping to move promising innovations “down the path to commercialization” from bench scale results to pilot scale to full scale trials (in operational settings with industrial support
  • Projects are a maximum two-year term
  • Maximum funding award of $250,000

Proposal Development & Submission

Each program has a preliminary proposal template in a fillable pdf format.  Templates can be downloaded from our website and submitted to for consideration.  Please click on the individual programs to access the templates.

Project Preliminary Proposal

The project preliminary proposal is the first step in submitting an expression of interest of pursuing a project with IMII industry members in any of our three programs.

Upon receipt, IMII’s R&D Funders’ Panel will review all submissions and select those they are interested in pursuing further.  IMII will follow up on the submission with a request for a full proposal.

Project Proposal

The project proposal is the second step to submitting a project request to IMII and is completed upon the request of IMII and industry members as a follow up to the preliminary proposal.  The project proposal provides complete details on the project including:

  • Context
  • Detailed technical description of the project
  • Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Expected outcomes/results
  • Timeline/project stages
  • Milestones and Deliverables
  • Collaborations
  • Budget including all in-kind requirements
  • Funding Partners

Upon receipt, IMII’s R&D Funders’ Panel will review the proposal.  During the review process, IMII may request additional details on the proposal to answer the Panel’s questions.  For a proposal to be selected to move forward to the next stage, at least two member companies must agree to collaborate on the project. Selected submissions will be forwarded to the Board for approval.

Application Assessment and Approval

To receive funding from IMII, the project must be approved by the IMII Board of Directors.  The IMII Board meets on a quarterly basis.  The outcome of the decision will be communicated within five days of the meeting.

Successful Proposals

Upon the approval of a proposal from the IMII Board of Directors and the communication to the project proponent, IMII will begin the process of completing a funding agreement with the individual or organization.  It is expected by IMII that while the funding agreement is being completed, that the proponent proceeds with all applications to the funding agencies identified in their proposal.

Intellectual Property

IMII recognizes that innovation is a process, which begins from the inception of an idea to the launching of a new product or process in the market place.  It also recognizes that intellectual property rights can be used effectively to facilitate successful innovation.  As such, it is prepared to work with research & development partners, using a variety of means, to address expectations and understandings when creating, using and exploiting intellectual property rights.

Potential Funding Agencies



Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Western Economic Diversification

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