Our Grant Program
Providing Research Grants for All Mining…
The Alpha Foundation is seeking to award research addressing the root causes of disease, injuries, and fatalities in the mining industry and achieve successful implementation of practical solutions derived from the research effort.
The Foundation is committed to fund projects that explore innovative ideas and concepts, complement existing research efforts and address knowledge or technology gaps in mine safety and health. To this end, cooperative research efforts with mining entities, stakeholder groups and state and federal institutions are encouraged. The Foundation plan is a balanced approach, incorporating a blend of engineering and health science with behavioral science and training, needed to solve mining safety and health problems.
Health and Safety Interventions
These studies encompass efforts devoted to prevention by design whereby engineering controls, mine design, machine design, or use of personal protective equipment or safety and health technologies are used to prevent conditions, circumstances, or events that cause illness, disease, injury or death to mine workers.
Mine Escape, Rescue and Training
Nothing is more important than the ability to escape from a mine emergency. This research is focused on several key elements of decision making, communicating, sheltering, and rescue efforts to provide the best opportunity for all miners to escape a mine emergency unharmed.
Safety and Health Management and Training
The Foundation recognizes that engineering controls and design interventions alone will not prevent all accidents or the exposure to health risks and disease and is funding efforts to evaluate safety culture and the impact of safety and health management to improve mine safety and health outcomes.
Injury and Disease Exposure and Risk Factors
The Foundation is seeking to identify and evaluate exposures and risk factors that lead to the onset or advancement of injuries and diseases among miners. Without this information, pursuing a productive solution can be futile.