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Founding partners of the NRSP have already attracted almost $17 million from the Science Industry and Endowment Fund (SIEF).
Founding partners of the NRSP have already attracted almost $17 million from the Science Industry and Endowment Fund (SIEF).

Universities and CSIRO form resources precinct

Resource companies and government organisations will now be able to collaborate with world-leading expertise via a new national resource sciences precinct being set up out west.
Federal Minister for Industry The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP launched the National Resource Sciences Precinct (NRSP), a CSIRO, Curtin University and University of Western Australia (UWA) collaboration last week.

Its main aim is to advance global competitiveness for the Australian resources sector. It will also encourage collaboration between the partner organisations.

The inaugural chair of the NRSP and the current managing director and chief executive officer of Transfield Services is Graeme Hunt who has a strong minerals and energy background spanning 40 years. 

“As the industry faces rising exploration costs and diminishing success rates, our dependence on innovative research and development has never been stronger,” Hunt said. 

“Instead of competing with one another for the same government or industry funding for research, the new alliance will work together to find opportunities for large-scale infrastructure projects developed in Perth and around Australia. 

“I’m looking forward to working with CSIRO, Curtin and UWA, as not only do they have a strong history of working together but collectively they host more than 400 FTE staff involved in resource sciences. With that extent of expertise pooled together, the opportunities for innovation are endless.” 

The NRSP has been formed to:
  • Attract the best scientists to lead research on global resource industry challenges.
  • Deliver strategic leadership of the resource sciences agenda through collaboration with industry, government and research institutions.
  • Capitalise on the concentration of multinational companies and world standard resources research capability already in WA.
  • Mount research infrastructure projects of scale and quality.
  • Provide access for industry to world standard research scientists and infrastructure.

Source: National Resource Sciences Precinct

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