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Media Release: 12th August 2021

Adrian Beer, Chief Executive Officer

We are pleased to announce that applications can now be lodged for the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) Collaboration Steam, expanding the opportunity for further industry collaboration.

Co-funding is available for projects between $20 million and $200 million that will enhance Australia’s international competitiveness through large-scale commercialisation projects.

Business-to-business and business-to-research projects that strengthen competitiveness and generate jobs in the National Manufacturing Priority areas of Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing, Recycling & Clean Energy, Defence, Space and Medical Products as well as Food & Beverage and are urged to apply.

Transformational projects that directly feature collaboration or will create and facilitate collaborative ecosystems are the focus of the Collaboration Stream and is the largest component of the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

As the Industry Growth Centre for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector, METS Ignited has demonstrated the importance of partnering as a key driver of commercialising innovation.

Adrian Beer, METS Ignited CEO says; “Fostering a collaborative ecosystem that establishes Australian organisations as leaders in innovative solutions for global markets has been the long-term focus for our organisation. We are excited by the support for collaboration within the National Manufacturing Priority areas, particularly Resources Technology and Critical Mineral Processing.

“Through our own Collaborative Project Funds projects, METS companies have a proven ability to partner with investors, research and other businesses to drive real outcomes, generating a positive impact delivering growth for Australia’s economy.”

For those companies who wish to submit an application, the detailed walk-through of the grant opportunities and guidelines, including eligibility requirements and criteria can be found here.

Applications can be lodged from now until 5:00 pm AEST on 9 September 2021.

To apply for your share of the $800 million in funding, visit the portal at




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