Business Idea Competition in Raw Materials 2017

The Business Idea Competition of EIT RawMaterials seeks innovative ideas from individuals, research teams, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups for new products, processes and services in 3 categories:

  • Going beyond discoveries and intelligent mine. Technologies and solutions for improved and new mineral exploration, and for more efficient, safer and sustainable modern mining.
  • Optimisation of processes, recycling and circular economy. Technologies and business models for improved material production, materials supply from secondary sources, recycling and for the implementation of a circular economy approach.
  • Substitution of resource critical and toxic materials and for optimized performance. New technologies or services that make it possible to substitute or use less critical or toxic materials in key industries. In addition, solutions for an optimised performance of materials and entire products will be supported. New approaches and solutions can be developed on an elemental, material, process, product, system, and service level.

More details of the themes are provided in the call text.

How it works

To enter the Competition, you submit an idea of innovation that can make an impact in the raw materials sector. If you are selected in the first evaluation stage, EIT RawMaterials will help you develop your idea and turn it into a new business. You will learn how to define a business model for your idea and produce a preliminary Business Plan.

You will then submit a Business Plan to a second evaluation stage. Top 5 teams selected in each category will pitch their idea during the final ceremony to a jury consisting of industry partners.

The winners will receive a prize and will be involved in various events organised by the EIT RawMaterials, and have an opportunity to network with the world’s largest community in the raw materials sector.

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Rockathon mining challenge

Are you passionate to develop breakthrough solutions to the mining industry? Are you interested in creating a system that would make possible to “see” into the rock? Do you have in-depth knowledge or ideas of granular material sampling systems in challenging environment? Do you master mineral analysis method that could be used in harsh conditions? These are the different pieces of a puzzle to create on-board analyser to a mining equipment.

Sandvik and EIT RawMaterials invite innovative problem solvers and teams to co-create solutions to mining challenges at Sandvik Rockathon!

The goal

The goal is to find a solution to increase mineralogy and ore quality information of the rock mass in real-time and onboard of a mining equipment. This is an important part of the goal towards more sustainable mining by utilizing earth resources in a more efficient way. The goal for participants it to open business opportunities with Sandvik particularly.

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EASME Data hubs in NCPs CaRE project

The NCPs CaRE website has integrated a data hub system developed by EASME. This data hub presents Horizon 2020 projects funded under Societal Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.

With this application it is now possible to simply search and filter projects by topic (earth observation, circular economy, climate services, raw materials etc.), country, project type, year (start or end date) and budget range. You can do this by clicking on the blue arrow on the left side of the map.

Besides this, each project has a summary that includes some information about the project, the participants and a link for their website. This means that in a few clicks you’ll be able to find lots of useful data!

Statistics and figures are also an important feature. You can try the tool by the dedicate page.

RRI Opportunities in Horizon 2020

A guide that describes the role of RRI in Horizon 2020 project has been uploaded in useful guide section.

This document follows the first edition of Opportunities E-Book for Work Programme 2014-2015 for Science with and for Society.
This e-book is meant to be a guideline of the different funding opportunities with relevance to Science with and for Society stakeholders in the different parts of the Work Programme 2016-2017. Thus it identifies topics with one or more SwafS dimension to guide SWAFS’ stakeholders through the different H2020 Work Programmes. The analysis covers six SWAFS dimensions:

  • Engagement
  • Ethics
  • Open Access
  • Gender
  • Science Education
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The document compiles the information for each topic – the deadline for the submission of proposals, type of action and a direct link for each topic in the Participant Portal. Readers are encouraged to go through the whole Work Programme themselves to carefully identify all the opportunities available, and all its details and rules of participation. To ease this consultation, there is a direct link embedded in the title of each programme throughout the document.
Furthermore, and due to the extensive information included, we have dedicated the first pages to include tables of content by keyword. This allows the readers to identify the topic according to their area of interest and navigate throughout the document. To ease this navigation, each topic included in the table of contents has a link which takes the reader to its detailed description.
Please note that the SME Instrument, Co-Fund actions, and ERA-NETs were excluded from this analysis.

JPI “Water challenges for a changing world”

JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.[1]

JPIs were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009. They are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.

The aim of JPI Water is to tackle the challenge of “achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad,” by dealing with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. Europe invests an estimated amount of 500 million € per year to fund public research and innovation activities in water. While European countries invest 370 million €, the European Commission invests 130 million €.

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Published the number of proposals submitted in the SC5 topic

A total of 239 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below.

•SC5-01-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-02-2017 (RIA): 2
•SC5-04-2017 (RIA): 3
•SC5-06-2016-2017 (RIA): 5
•SC5-07-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-19-2017 (CSA): 7
•SC5-31-2017 (CSA): 5
•SC5-13-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-15-2016-2017 (CSA): 12
•SC5-16-2016-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-18-2017 (RIA): 40
•SC5-22-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-26-2017 (PCP): 2
•SC5-30-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-32-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-33-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-08-2017 (IA): 16
•SC5-14-2016-2017 (IA): 48
•SC5-21-2016-2017 (IA): 42

A total of 45 proposals were submitted in response to the call H2020-SCC-2016-2017 SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•SCC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Finally  a total of 117 proposals were submitted in response to H2020-IND-CE-2016-17 call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•CIRC-01-2016-2017 (IA): 72
•CIRC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Call for ENVRIplus beneficiaries and RI-related organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership

ENVRIplus projects launches an Exchange of Personnel (EoP) program to enhance cross-RI mobility of involved RI staff. This program will help disseminating the know-how of RI specialists and provide practical hands-on experience on the operation procedures.

The second call is now more open which means that in addition to all ENVRIplus beneficiaries also organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership that have a clear and established relationship with the participating RI’s in ENVRIplus can apply. This now also includes in particular members of Theme2. The second call no longer prefers bi- or trilateral exchanges, thus allows to apply for several kinds of knowledge sharing activities such as boot camps or work hops.

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New project catalog published

A revised version of the document presenting an overview of projects financed by the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, which includes the results of the 2016 calls has been pubblished recently from EU Commission. It’s possible download the catalog at the following link:

The 218 projects resulting from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 calls for proposals in the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ are here briefly presented. All together, the 218 projects are mobilising resources totalling around EUR 1,392 million, of which more than EUR 1,092 million as EU funding. The projects could last up to 5 years duration.

The calls launched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 focussed on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.

ERA-MIN 2017 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open

The ERA-MIN 2017 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open from February 1st, 2017. The scope of the Joint Call is needs-driven research on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals), to foster the sustainable supply, processing, production and consumption of primary and secondary raw materials in a circular economy. Twenty-one public funding organisations from 14 EU/associated countries/regions and 4 non-EU countries participate in this Joint Call for research and innovation transnational collaborative projects. Partners in a transnational consortium will apply for funding from the respective funding organisation of their country/region which participates in the Joint Call. The total budget available for this Call is approximately € 15 million corresponding to the sum of national and regional public committed funds of the participating Funding Organisations and the co-funding of the European Commission. There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals. The successful proposals will be selected after an international independent centralised peer-review process. The deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory) is 5 May 2017, 17:00:00 CEST. To facilitate consortia building, the partner search tool set up by the NCPs CaRE enables partner searches on the ERA-MIN Joint Call topics and sub-topics. For more information on the scope of the Joint Call, the participating funding organisations, countries and regions, the eligibility criteria and the submission, evaluation and funding procedures  please see the ERA-MIN Joint call page.