South Australian Government investing in mineral exploration, data and innovative technology
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The Accelerated Discovery Initiative provides co-funding Government contributions toward exploration activities in South Australia.
A call for expressions of interest to participate in the program was issued in November 2019. For those projects that have been approved for further assessment a detailed proposal must now be submitted by Monday 16 March 2020.
Projects approved through the EOI stage have now received a formal invitation to make a detailed submission in the Request for Proposals stage of ADI funding Round 1.
Note that Round 1 expressions of interest have now closed.
Stage 2 - Request for Proposals
Proposals must be submitted through the online Accelerated Discovery Initiative portal using the following templates:
- Information Sheet M05: Mineral exploration licences - general conditions, procedures and information (PDF 1.4 MB)
- Regulatory Guideline MG13: Mineral exploration reporting guidelines for South Australia (PDF 762.8 KB)
- Environment Protection Authority: Guidlines for regulatory monitoring and testing - Groundwater sampling (PDF 1.3 MB)
- Stage 2 - Proposals: Help (PDF 124 KB)
- Stage 2 - Funding table (XLSX 53.6 KB)
Applications for Stage 2 - Request for proposals must be submitted by close of business Monday 16 March 2020.
|Round 1 - Stage 2||Applications following receipt of a Request for Proposal must be submitted by close of business Monday 16 March 2020|
|Round 1 - Stage 1||Round 1 Expressions of Interest have now closed|
About the initiative
The Accelerated Discovery Initiative (ADI) aims to make a major contribution to achieving the South Australian Growth Agenda target through supporting the potential discovery of new mineral and groundwater resources, while delivering a number of other economic and social benefits including:
- data to support development of regional and rural communities
- Aboriginal training and employment opportunities, and
- the development and application of innovative exploration technologies.
A total of $10 million over 3 years is available for approved co-funding exploration activities:
- Single and multiple drilling programs in frontier terrains
- Collaborative innovation and technologies to generate new exploration ideas
- Logistical support in remote greenfield areas
- Encouraging Aboriginal employment during exploration
- Identification and testing of new groundwater resources
- Geophysical programs to test new concepts
The first round of funding will commence in the first quarter of 2020. Biannual co-funding rounds are proposed, but this may be subject to change by Government depending on demand and assessment of ADI program performance.