Virtual National Critical Minerals Research and Development Centre

Last updated: 14 July 2022

The Virtual National Critical Minerals Research and Development Centre will build on pre-existing critical minerals research capabilities by bringing together expertise from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Geoscience Australia and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for the benefit of the critical minerals sector as a whole. The $50 million AUD virtual centre will:

  • build Australian intellectual property in critical minerals processing,
  • target technical bottlenecks in strategic supply chains, and
  • drive breakthrough collaborative research.

The centre will address barriers across the critical minerals value chain and work with industry to focus research and development efforts on national priorities by:

  • connecting critical minerals projects with the scientific and technical expertise they need,
  • coordinating, guiding and prioritising research and development efforts by government and industry, and
  • helping scale up and commercialise critical minerals research and development, including by leading and supporting innovative research projects.

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