Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

EIT RawMaterials can help you to create and develop new, innovative business ideas in the raw materials sector – covering every stage from initial ideas to business creation and business growth.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation rates in the (mineral and metallic) raw materials sector through any therefore needed Incubator & Business Creation Services, via its Network and Collaboration Activities, as well as by Financial Support. Biotic and non-biotic materials will be valued against their properties as a substitute for metals and minerals.

EIT RawMaterials focuses on metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are covered in view of their potential as substitute material. Other materials are also considered in the context of multi-material product recycling. As a result of our broad membership base, EIT RawMaterials has the flexibility to address critical as well as non-critical raw materials.

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The European Commission has received 333 proposals for projects in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials by the call deadline on 8 March 2016.


In April, independent expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.

Applicants who answered to a two-stage call will be informed in May of the outcome of the remote review: those invited to submit a full proposal will have to do so by 6 September 2016.

A detailed overview of the proposals submitted per call topic is available for download.

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Pre-announcement of a new 2016 Joint Call by Water JPI and FACCE JPI

The Water Joint Programming Initiative ( Water JPI) and the Agriculture Food Security and Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative (FACCE JPI) published, on 15 of January 2016, a pre-announcement of the upcoming call for multi-national collaborative research projects. The topics of the call are the following and applicants must address at least one of them:  Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors by:

  • Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses;
  • Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution;
  • Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources.

The budget of the call amounts to 26M€. It is primarily funded by 26 funding organisations from 23 countries (see the table with participating countries below) , with 7.9 M€ support coming from the WaterWorks 2015 ERA-NET Cofund. The WaterWorks2015 ERA-NET Cofund was launched in January 2016 in support of the Water JPI. It is funded by the European Commission under H2020 and aims at tackling water challenges at European and international levels through the development of transnational and transdisciplinary research and innovation actions.

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France launches two calls for projects on air conditioning and refrigeration

Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) have launched two calls for projects to support innovations in air conditioning systems and more environmentally friendly refrigeration. The aim is to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid impacts on the ozone layer.

The first call (open until 2 October) concerns R&D to develop new, more efficient technologies, and the second is focused on scaling up existing technologies to industrial production and economic competitiveness.


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First calls for proposals from the Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020 to be launched

The Danube Transnational Programme will invest EUR 202,3 million from the ERDF and EUR 19,8 million from IPA II for transnational projects in the Danube basin territory. Eligible partners will, therefore, come from 9 EU countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany (only Baden-Württemberg and Bayern), Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia; and 5 non-EU countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, part of Ukraine.

The Danube Transnational Programme (2014-2020) is built around four thematic priority axes:

  1. Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
  2. Environment and culture responsible Danube region
  3. Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
  4. Well-governed Danube region

The first call for proposals will be implemented in two steps. The timeline of the first step is 23 September 2015 till 3 November 2015. Details about the call will be announced at the programme kick-off event on 23 (entire day) and 24 (half day) September 2015 in Budapest

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Published the second call for proposals for the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

New €106 million for research and development are unveiled today for bio-based initiatives to turn renewable resources into useful bio-based products. The announcement comes in the form of a second call for proposals for the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), and will support research and innovation actions, including demonstration actions for making the best use of biomass. The call for proposals is aimed at speeding up the development of new biorefineries. Moreover, it is focused on exploiting synergies across sectors. This means new business models that integrate economic actors all along the entire value chain. It also means improving the strategic cooperation between the different economic sectors: linking actors involved in biomass supply (breeding and plant production, forestry, farming) to biorefineries and consumers of bio-based products. This integration of producers, refineries and consumers will help SMEs as their technologies, equipment and instruments will be needed to assist large enterprises as well as stand-alone projects.

Budget allocated for this call: €106 million

  • €28 million for Research and Innovation Actions
  • €12 million for Innovative and efficient biorefinery technologies
  • €64 million, will be allocated for Demonstration Actions
  • €2 million for Coordination and Support Actions

Deadline for submissions: December 2015

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