MINING INNOVATION AND RESEARCH BATTLEFIELD
MINING INNOVATION AND RESEARCH BATTLEFIELD
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FINDING NEW LEADERS | WITH FRESH IDEAS | FOR REAL IMPACT
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We invite innovative, forward thinkers from across the sector, including mining industry professionals, academics, NGOs, and young leaders, to present solutions to this year’s Innovation and Research Battlefield challenge. 

The Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield is a competitive event convened by the Development Partner Institute (DPI) and Mining Indaba.

It’s a lively global platform that seeks to bridge the gap between research, academia and the mining industry. 

Piloting research innovation at speed, the Battlefield brings to life new and workable solutions to some of the industry’s toughest sustainable development challenges. With significant activity to date, this platform is already unlocking valuable sustainability advances.
 
Our 2024 challenge
This year competitors will be responding to the challenge:

What are the innovative responsible collaborations between LSM & ASM, and how can these be applied to the just energy transition?
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WHY AN INNOVATION & RESEARCH BATTLEFIELD?


Now, more than ever, innovation and research will be critical to drive impactful decisions and to enable businesses to be innovative and agile in responding to current issues. The Mining Innovation & Research Battlefield is a platform for the mining industry, academia, business, NGOs and young people who have a vested interest in sustainable mining for development solutions to come together.

Our goals:

  • To develop and test innovative solutions to tough sustainability and development challenges related to mining

  • To strengthen collaboration between the mining industry and academia

  • To engage young people studying at university and impassion them about the opportunities mining can bring, and how the industry can support communities and improve livelihoods

  • To connect with researchers, academia, students and organisations that may have innovative research ideas to achieve sustainable development outcomes

  • To increase the profile and contribution of research to good mining for sustainable development practice on the ground

  • To collaborate and create effective partnerships to solve existing and future sustainability problems


 

 
 
Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners for the 2024 Innovation and Research Battlefield
Battlefield Organisers
Battlefield Partners
 
Battlefield Key Dates
ENTRIES OPEN, 16 OCTOBER
You’re invited to submit a proposal to the battlefield - from researchers and academia to organisations. All you need is an idea and an innovation that answers the challenge.
SHORTLISTING, 30 NOVEMBER
Entries close on Monday 6 November. Ten applicants with the highest scores will be shortlisted and invited through to the heats.
BATTLE ROUND 1 - ONLINE, 14 DECEMBER
Our shortlisted applicants will each present a 5-8 minute pitch to our panel of six industry-leading judges online. We’ll then decide on 3 applicants to progress onwards to pitch at Mining Indaba.
BATTLE ROUND 2 - MINING INDABA, 6 FEBRUARY
The 3 finalists will pitch to another panel of judges on the Main Stage at Mining Indaba. We’ll announce the winner of the Battlefield and the Innovation Grant that afternoon.
 
Benefits and Details
Finalist Benefits
All finalists will secure themselves an exclusive opportunity to pitch in front of global leaders in mining and receive peer recognition for your research. Use the Battlefield as a unique platform to test and contribute new ideas on the global stage, and receive instant feedback from leaders in both industry and academia.


Finalists in the Battle Round 2 will receive a delegate pass to Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, South Africa (valued at £2,395).
Winner Benefits
In addition to having the opportunity to pitch in front of the world’s top mining companies and receive recognition for your research, the winning Innovation & Research proposal will receive:

- A unique platform to test and contribute new ideas on the global stage and receive instant feedback from leaders in both industry and academia

- An innovation Grant to support your research up to US$25,000, thanks to BHP Xplor

- A fireside Chat with the winner(s) at the Mining Indaba Young Leaders Forum (8 February 2024) to inspire the next generation in pursuing studies and careers around mining and sustainability

- Industry Networking Event with the judges for winner and runners-up on 6 February 2024. This is a rare opportunity to make face-to-face connections and form partnerships with both industry and academia.
Who can apply?
Researchers, academia, students and organisations from all over the world are invited to submit their proposals. We encourage a diversity of applications for both new and existing innovative research - ASM/LSM collaborations, university research, or even startup-backed ideas.

Note: To apply, you must be affiliated with either an institution or an organisation who will assist in managing the awarded Innovation Grant.


Questions?


Read the Application Guidelines.
 
Our Past Winners
Shilpa Rumjeet, (Research Coordinator) and Tapiwa Chimbgana, (PhD Candidate), representing The University of Cape Town.

From learning how to pitch, to unique industry exposure and networking opportunities and finally applying their grant monies to fund pilot studies, the experience has taken our winners to new levels.

The consortium was awarded a US$28,600 Innovation Grant, speaker opportunities at events such as the Young Leaders Forum and tickets to attend Mining Indaba 2023. They were also nominated in Women in Mining’s top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2022. 

The Innovation Grant was sponsored by BHP and the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute. Our implementation partners included Hyve Group, Business for Development and the Brunswick Group.
Find out more about the 2022 winning entry
 
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