ERA-MIN is an ERA-NET program on the Industrial Handling of Raw Materials for European industries and is supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme . It is aimed at setting up networks and mechanisms to foster research in the field of industrial production and supply of raw materials, in line with the “EU Raw Materials Initiative”.


ERA-MIN focuses on the issues related to the three segments of the non-energy mineral resources: construction minerals, industrial minerals and metallic minerals. The topics addressed by ERA-MIN cover the entire raw materials value chain: from primary to secondary resources, substitution of scarce elements, as well as cross-cutting issues like the mitigation of environmental impacts and raising public awareness.

ERA-MIN aims at overcoming the current state of fragmentation of research in the field of raw material supply and production by developing convergence and synergies at EU level between national research programs, industry, and with research programs led by the European Commission.

Tasks and objective

The main objective of ERA-MIN is to foster coordinated research on the entire raw materials value chain. To achieve these objectives, ERA-MIN is conducting three main tasks:

  • Mapping and networking the European non-energy mineral raw materials research community
  • Roadmapping research priorities
  • Implementing joint actions and, especially, a joint call