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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Webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017

A webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017 will take place on 30th March at 12:00 (Lisbon time) for one hour. The link of the Webinar is: https://videocast.fccn.pt/live/fct/era_min_joint_webinar This Webinar will provide information of the topics and detailed explanations on the submission, evaluation, selection and funding procedures. This Webinar is the virtual place to answer online questions of the applicants.

The H2020 ERA-MIN 2 consortium has open a joint call “Raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy” with a total budget of 15 million Euro including EU co-funding. The deadline for the pre-proposals submission is 5th May, 17:00 (CEST). The scope of the call is to support transnational collaborative projects on demand-driven research and innovation on primary and secondary resources of metallic, construction and industrial minerals and substitution of Critical Raw Materials in a circular economy approach. More information of the call is available on: https://www.era-min.eu/call

 

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.

Raw Materials Week

The 1st edition of “Raw Materials Week” will take place in Brussels from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2016. It will gather a wide range of stakeholders to debate and discuss raw materials policy and initiatives.

The Raw Materials Week is centred around a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the latest news regarding raw materials in the EU:
•    29 November: “6th EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Raw Materials” (on invitation only)
•    30 November (morning): “Education and training as a vehicle to improve competitiveness and business creation”, a half day event co-organized with the EIT Raw Materials.
•    30 November (afternoon): “Horizon 2020 Brokerage event”
•    1 December: “4th annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials”.

Further details about these events will be published shortly on our website.  Other stakeholders are invited to organise satellite events. If you would like to add your event to the programme, please contact GROW-EIP-RAW-MATERIALS@ec.europa.eu

Horizon 2020 Information Day “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Mark your agendas: 14 September 2016, Brussels – Information Day on the 2017 calls for proposals of Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.

The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the following calls for proposals to be launched in autumn 2016:

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Study on Data Inventory for a Raw Material System Analysis by the European commission

The study aims to build knowledge and understanding of Europe’s critical raw materials’ flows. Many of these materials are used in everyday applications and are essential for the production of common goods, high-tech products, and emerging innovation.

This study includes a full Material System Analysis for 28 groups of materials used in the economy of the 28 EU countries. The European Commission is committed to ensuring the supply and increasing the availability of raw materials for European industry in the context of the EU Raw Materials Initiative. A comprehensive data inventory of the material flows in industry and society is crucial for providing evidence and information useful in discussions and the decision-making process regarding the supply of raw materials.

Download the full study: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/msa/content/report-summaries

SAVE THE DATE! Third High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Raw Materials

The 3rd annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials will be held on 9-10 December 2015 in Brussels, together with the Brokerage event on Horizon 2020 raw materials calls.

The annual conference presents a comprehensive overview of developments in the fields covered by the EIP, including successful Raw Materials Commitments; regional approaches and investment in raw materials; and launching the 2nd call for the EIP “Raw Materials Commitments”.

The Horizon 2020 Brokerage event on the 2016 Horizon 2020 calls relevant to Raw Materials will provide networking opportunities for new initiatives and projects.

Programme and Registration will be available soon.

Source : http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8433&lang=en&tpa_id=1040&title=Third-High-Level-Conference-of-the-European-Innovation-Partnership-%28EIP%29-on-Raw-Materials-and-Horizon-2020-Brokerage-Event-on-Raw-Materials