Information for Current Grantees

Current Grantees Resources

Providing Research Grants for All Mining


The Alpha Foundation supports research at U.S.‐based academic institutions and not‐for‐profit organizations qualifying as exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code.  Grantees are required to follow certain guidelines which are provided in this section.

Current Solicitations

Solicitation AFC518, “Technology Development Projects”, offers funding for proof-of-concept of a proposed technology at the laboratory level. The intent and required outcome for projects funded through this solicitation is to build some tangible device, instrument, or machine that will improve mining safety and health. The Alpha Foundation is allocating $3.5 million for this proof-of-concept technology development solicitation.  It is expected that as many as 20 qualified proof-of-concept concept grants with a maximum funding level of $175,000 per grant will be funded for a development period of up to 18 months. Significant additional funding, up to $1.5 million per project, will be allocated to fund successful concepts in a second prototype development and demonstration phase.

Solicitation AFC618, “Exploratory Research Projects Regarding Mining-Related Health Problems”, will provide funding for novel, exploratory and developmental research efforts that challenge accepted paradigms in an effort that can lead to innovative solutions to mining health problems. The duration of these projects will be up to 18 months and will be funded at levels up to $150,000. The Foundation is allocating up to $2 million total for this solicitation and anticipates funding as many as 15 grants. The Alpha Foundation recognizes that there are limits to what can be accomplished with this project duration and funding level.  Projects that convincingly provide the basis for subsequent work likely to achieve advances in preventing mining injuries or illnesses will be invited to submit a proposal to request additional funding to further advance the findings or developments.


A major aim of the Foundation is to support research projects that have practical implications on mine safety and health for workers, operators, and policymakers.  For this reason, a particular emphasis is placed on the early translation and rapid dissemination of project findings.  Grantees are required to provide reports during the project, using the required templates for Interim Reports and a Final Technical Report.

All reports as well as any publications or presentations for any Alpha Foundation-funded project must contain the following disclaimer:

Grantee shall ensure that Foundation is clearly identified as a “Project Funder” in all published material relating to the award; however, all such materials shall include a disclaimer as follows: “This study was sponsored by the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. (ALPHA FOUNDATION). The views, opinions and recommendations expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not imply any endorsement by the ALPHA FOUNDATION, its Directors and staff.