EIT RawMaterials mission is to support innovation that develops raw materials into a major strength of Europe. It aims at promoting new solutions  that provide a cost-efficient, secure, sustainable supply and use of raw materials throughout the value chain ranging from exploration, mining, and processing of raw materials, to their recycling and integration into a Circular Economy (e.g. design and manufacturing of tools and equipment, smart products and services, end-of-life product management).

EIT RawMaterials Start-up Booster Programme

The EIT RawMaterials ‘Start-up Booster Program’ is one of the EIT RawMaterials financial instruments dedicated to Start-ups and SMEs as displayed in our innovation funnel. It provides support to existing start-ups to develop innovative products/services that can produce impact in the raw materials sector or benefit our partners.

In addition to funding and customised services, the selected start-ups will also get access to EIT RawMaterials partner network, participating in our networking events, as well as gaining visibility through EIT RawMaterials network channels. Eventually, supported start-ups and SMEs may join our network as an associate or core member to fully benefit from the ecosystem.

Thematic areas

The Call targets innovation in the raw materials value chain ranging from:

  1. Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
  2. Mining in challenging environments
  3. Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
  4. Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products
  5. Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
  6. Design of products and services for the circular economy

We exclude bio-based materials unless they fall under topic 5.

More specifically, this Start-up and SME Booster Call Fall 2018 has a strong focus on Batteries materials and technology around them. We would like to augment the EIT RawMaterials Battery ecosystem with start-ups and SMEs who may find synergy with our industry partners (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. The EIT RawMaterials Industry Partners in the Battery Value Chain

Amount of funding

  1. Financial support up to EUR 30 000
  2. Eligible costs follow the rules under the EIT framework agreements (FPA and SGA), please see FAQ and the Call’s Terms & Conditions

There is no formal minimum requirement of co-funding; however, projects that will show a co-funding and ask support for non-recurring costs (not for shareholders personnel costs) will be positively evaluated, as an indication of the commitment of the company in the initiative.

How to apply

To apply for the Start-up and SME Booster Call Fall 2018, fill in and submit the following:

After finalising your proposals, you can upload them on the application page.

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Further information

To get in touch with your regional Innovation Hub (Co-Location Centre) of the EIT RawMaterials, check the list of Innovation Hubs (CLCs) and countries covered by them:

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