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Delivering Research Projects


Minderoo Foundation is working to establish Western Australia as a historical and futuristic research centre of excellence which will demonstrate the value of fierce determination, entrepreneurship, careful planning and risk taking in order to grow our community, economy and social society. The Minderoo Grant Program is part of this mission, supporting and safe-guarding the work of WA Museum staff for years to come.
Andrew Forrest AO BA, Chairman, Minderoo Foundation

2018 saw the creation of the Foundation for the WA Museum’s inaugural Minderoo Grant, funded from a generous donation made by the Minderoo Foundation in the Discovery Endowment Fund. The Grant has generated an excellent response from the WA Museum’s scientists and curators in its inaugural and second years.

Submissions were received from a cross section of Museum research departments with four recipients in 2018, and three recipients in 2019 receiving grants for key Museum projects, which would not otherwise be funded. The projects selected offer far reaching benefits and represent some of the WA Museum’s diverse disciplines in science, social and cultural knowledge.

To date, the successful Minderoo Grant projects are:

2019 Projects

The extinct shark Carcharocles megalodon and its progenitor Carcharocles chubtensis
To showcase the palaeobiology of local populations of Carcharocles megalodon and its progenitor Carcharocles chubutensis.

Podcast pilot and production series 1: Museum of the Great Southern, ‘The Albany History Trail’
To create a high quality podcast that can inspire it’s listeners, invite people to “Rethink their World” and create a desire to visit Albany and the Great Southern itself.

Small Community based Exhibitions
Present community created exhibitions over 12 months at Fremantle sites in the smaller exhibition spaces.

2018 Projects

Mid-Cretaceous vertebrate from the Pillawarra Plateau
Palaeontology fieldwork expedition to find fossil evidence of toothed birds, marine reptiles, shark and rays from the Cretaceous period.

Next Generation Sequencing of historical, iconic and holotype specimens
Using cutting edge molecular DNA technologies to discover new knowledge on important and iconic biological specimens.

WA Museum 3D
Acquisition of 3D scanner to improve the WA Museum’s Collections conservation abilities and enable 3D digital and tactile access to the public.

Preserving the past – securing the future of the tissue collection
Ultra-freezing tissue samples at -80°C to preserve them for future decades of genetic research on WA’s diverse terrestrial animals, some endangered or extinct.