Interdisciplinary School of Mining and Mineral Resources

UArizona colleges are determined to tackle a grand challenge: mining resources in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way. The College of Engineering and the College of Science are creating a new interdisciplinary school that will span the full mining and mineral resources life cycles, from discovery to reclamation and recycling.

Award Period: begins November 15, 2021 (primarily for FY 22)
Rolling Submission Date: Proposals should be submitted on or before the last day of the month starting October 29, 2021, and will be reviewed on a monthly basis subject to availability of funds
Eligibility: University of Arizona faculty and staff; students must have faculty co-PIs
Description: The Mineral Resources Research and Innovation Initiative is a new program from the School of Mining and Mineral Resources that provides both seed funding and strategic investments toward fundamental and/or collaborative, interdisciplinary team research and education related to significant or interdisciplinary problems in mineral resources. A total of up to $0.5 million may be available and is anticipated to be committed to 10-20 projects
RFP Document View the Request for Proposals (PDF)  |  Download cover sheet (Word)


October 27, 2021

A new interdisciplinary mining and minerals research hub for students

Our research hub will create common ground for students and researchers alike

Research at UArizona

September 28, 2021
Construction Underway on Grand Challenges Research Building

February 1, 2021
UArizona in Top 20 Among Public University Research Expenditures

September 9, 2021

Arizona State Legislature Approves $4M in Ongoing Yearly Funding for School of Mining and Mineral Resource

The funding will go toward faculty, staff, students, and facilities.

In the Media

September 11, 2021, Remonews
Autonomous robot swarms to mine the moon’s resources

September 15, 2021, KGUN 9
UArizona School of Mining and Mineral Resources received $4M from state (video)

June 11, 2021

UArizona Press Release
New School of Mining and Mineral Resources at UArizona Will Take Holistic Approach

Arizona Board of Regents approves creation of the School

In the Press

June 12, 2021, KTAR News
UArizona to create new School of Mining and Mineral Resources

June 28, 2021, KVOA
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May 2021

New School of Mining and Mineral Resources approaches final stage of approval

Industry, faculty and students work together to design the future of mining and mineral resources education

How to improve enrollment in mining engineering

A two-part article published in Mining Engineering magazine

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February 2021

Proposed UArizona school aims to change mining education

Planning moves forward

More about green energy and mining

Mining Law Summit panel: Responsible mining crucial

The world in 2050: Cleaner mining for greener energy

December 2020

UArizona works toward becoming a leader in all things mining

UArizona explains its plans

In the Press

December 17, 2020, Engineering & Mining Journal
Lundin Family Donates $2M to UArizona Mining Program

October 29, 2020

UArizona Press Release
Lundin Family Giving $2M to UArizona Mining and Mineral Resources Programs with Challenge that Could Bring Millions More

UArizona introduces proposed School

In the Press

November 30, 2020, Chamber Business News
Mining family donates more than $2 million to expand UArizona mining school

November 2, 2020, Mining Global
Lundin Family to fund mining school at University of Arizona