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Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer

Accelerating innovation, commercialisation and research in the resources technology and critical minerals sector.

Transforming the resources sector

The Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer aims to meet the needs and future aspirations of the resources industry.

It will transform the way industry, academia and researchers work together to support the start-up and growth of Australian businesses in the resources sector to become more agile and industry engaged.

The Trailblazer will build capability and value in key priority areas of the resources technology and critical minerals sectors such as rare earths and lithium processing, mine waste management, energy value chain and enable digitisation of resources operations to optimise productivity.

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Focus areas

The Trailblazer's research focuses around key areas:

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University transformation

  • Innovation masterclasses
  • Industry customer reviews
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Technology readiness

  • Advancing TRL grants
  • Earlier industry engagement in research
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  • Commercial readiness assessment
  • Business coaching

Find out more

To learn more about the Trailblazer and see how you can get involved, visit the website.

Visit the Trailblazer website

Our trailblazer team

Trailblazer lead for UQ

Professor Rick Valenta

Industry Professor, Commercialisation

Leigh Staines

Senior Project Support Officer

Amanda Jones

Commercialisation and Business Development Manager

Andrew Miller

Our partners

The Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer is led by Curtin University, in partnership with UQ, James Cook University and industry partners across Australia, with support from the Australian Government Department of Education through the Trailblazers Universities Program.