National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) is seeking to fund industry-led, collaborative projects that demonstrate innovative solutions for the energy resources sector, with the aim of enhancing productivity, competitiveness and long-term sustainability within Australia's oil, gas, coal and uranium industries.

Announcing a new round of its Project Fund, NERA encouraged collaborative, industry-led energy resources projects to apply.

NERA was established in 2016 as an Industry Growth Centre to promote diversity, collaboration and growth of the Australian energy resources sector for the benefit of the national economy.

Chief executive Miranda Taylor said a key objective for NERA was to assist industry in the transformation and collaboration pathway as it continues to become more innovative and adaptive in a disruptive energy market.

'Our role at NERA is to assist the energy resources sector transform into a leading global competitor in a competitive sector. The only way we can do that is to transform our thinking and processes and become better equipped to deliver innovative solutions for the energy resources sector,' Ms Taylor said.

'The NERA Project Fund is ready and waiting to enhance the sector’s productivity, competitiveness and sustainability. Proponents can apply to us for as much as $3 million in funding.'

Under the Project Fund, applicants can apply for funding from the four-year pool of $15.6 million. 

Successful applicants must work as a consortium and will need to demonstrate how their project will benefit the long term sustainability of the energy resources sector. Projects must have a clear commercialisation application and benefit the greater energy resources sector.

Download all the details here. The funding round is now open until 20 October 2017.

A separate Clean Technology Fund has called for expressions of interest by 31 August. Those details are available here.

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