Call for Applications for 2019-2020 MQA Discretionary Grants: Research Partnerships

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998.

The second application window for Discretionary Grants allocations, for the period 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, will open on Monday 01 July 2019 at 08H00. Employers, research institutions and other stakeholders in the sector are invited to submit their applications for the following projects:

Research topic: Understanding the Occupational Health and Safety Matters in the Mining and Minerals Sector

Purpose of the study: The research study aims at investigating the occupational health and safety matters and its effects on skills requirements in the MMS. 

The scope of this research includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Conduct literature review on occupational health and safety matters in the MMS
  • Investigate factors that contribute towards occupational diseases/injuries/fatalities
  • Explore factors influencing health and safety practices in the work place (production versus safety, informal working practices to ensure production flow)
  • Examine the nature of interventions to ensure occupational health and safety of workers in the context of the emergence of downward trend in fatalities in the sector
  • Provide composite and consolidated findings which will clearly recommend ways to sustain and improve current interventions bearing in mind the inherent dangers of operations in the sector gaps
Research topic: Women in Mining: Understanding factors that influence access and mobility in and within occupational structures in the MMS

Purpose of the study: The focus is on female workers access and mobility in the occupational structure of the mining and minerals sectors.  

The study is intended to provide MQA with better understanding of factors inhibiting movement of women into the top echelons of authority within the Mining and Minerals sector.

The scope of this research includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Provide a literature review with specific focus on gender and skills development in the MMS
  • Provide employment profile (with provincial, race, gender and occupational distribution)
  • State academic and industry factors affecting female mine workers entry into the MMS and related field of work
  • State factors affecting female workers in their workplace (including exploring of female workers' perceptions of their work place)
  • Identify factors that influence mobility within occupational structures in the MMS
  • Look into the support (stipulate the state of the interventions) provided to ensure career progression (movement into the top positions).
  • Make SMART recommendations for interventiosn (gender mainstreaming) to support female workers in workplace to ensure mobility within and outside the sector
Research topic: Understanding the relationship between the scarce and critical skills (hard-to-fill occupations) and interventions that are implemented in the MMS
Purpose of the study: The purpose of this research study is to analyse the correlation between scarce and critical (hard-to-fill occupations) and the training interventions implemented and reported by the MMS. Key features of this study should include but not limited to the following: 
  • What is the nature of skills that are reported to be in demand in the MMS?
  • What is the nature of supply of skills reported in the MMS?
  • What is the relationship between the demand and supply of skills in the MMS?
  • Is there a gap between what is identified and supplied?
  • If a gap exists, what is the nature of that gap and how can it be addressed?
  • What factors influence this gap?
  • Provide actionable recommendations that will lead to the improvement of synergy between the demand and supply of skills development in the sector.

Expected deliverables for each research project

  • Literature Review
  • Fieldwork, interviews and transcripts
  • Analysed data and reports
  • Complete research report
  • Project close out by end of February 2020

Application form and grants rules

Research partnership project information  can be accessed via the hyperlinks on the form. Hand delivered application forms will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Terms and conditions will apply in accordance with the MQA Funding Policy

Closing date

Completed application forms and proposals must be submitted before 00:00 on Monday, 22 July 2019.


Employers, research institutions and stakeholders are welcome to contact Sizwe Dlamini on 011 547 2773 should they experience any difficulties or challenges completing the application form.

Friday, June 28, 2019