ERA-MIN has opened the first Joint Call for transnational research projects to support a sustainable and responsible supply of primary resources in Europe. The indicative total available budget amounts to 3.900.000 € (national public funding only).
The call for proposals will close on the 27th June at 17.00 CET.
As the global population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, resource demands will start to outstrip the capacity to supply some of them in economically, environmentally and socially sound conditions. Challenges from the new technologies will additionally affect the demand for non-energy mineral raw materials.
New technologies in almost any field of daily life will require increasing use of crucial raw materials. Although further increases in recycling are expected to contribute in meeting the expected growth in demand, a further increase in global production of non-energy primary raw materials will be necessary. Therefore, securing a sustainable supply of non-energy mineral raw materials and enabling access to non-energy domestic mineral resources are very important challenges for the European economy and society. To address them, coordinated research efforts at European level are proposed by ERA-MIN.
The scope of the first ERA-MIN Joint Call is needs-driven research on sustainable and responsible non-energy primary resources supply. Both basic and applied research projects will be funded, provided that the proposed research clearly demonstrates potential to contribute to securing a sustainable supply of resources for the European industries.
The research, development and innovation (RTD) topics to be funded under the first ERA-MIN joint call on sustainable and responsible supply of non-energy primary resources (2013) address all RTD aspects of the primary resources value chain, grouped into the following five sub-topic areas: Exploration; Extraction; Mine closure and rehabilitation; Minerals processing and Metallurgy.
The research funding agencies that have confirmed their interest in funding this first Call on primary resources are: TEKES (Finland), NCBR (Poland), FCT (Portugal), UEFISCDI (Romania) and VINNOVA (Sweden).
Eligible consortia will have to include at least three organisations from at least three ERA-MIN funding countries. Consortia involving both academic and industrial organizations are particularly encouraged to apply.