International Minerals Innovation Institute

Exploring Innovations

Exploring Innovations Program

Invested to Date – $217,646

IMII’s Exploring Innovations Program supports potentially transformative innovations, based in new science or new technologies, to meet the needs of the minerals industry.

These projects are a short-term engagement, suitable for an academic term or a maximum of six months for supply chains and other research entities.  Grants range from $2,500 (for an academic term) up to $25,000 (for an intensive, 6-month investigation).

The Exploring Innovations Program should be utilized to investigate a problem, build knowledge of the existing problem, and develop potential solutions. Key elements to a project could include:

  • Identifying the problem
  • Literature/technology review
  • Development of theories/methodology or technology ideas
  • Preliminary testing of theories/methodology/technology
  • Results – this could be the elimination of a theory or a path for future research or technology development

Projects are supported by IMII member’s industry experts and the IMII team.

Areas of interest are:

  • Analytics solutions
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Digitization and automation
  • ESG – environmental, social, and governance
  • Extraction and processing
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Modernizing core technologies
  • Rock mass and geology technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Tailings management
  • Workplace health and safety systems

Exploring Innovations Projects