Accelerating support to innovators during the COVID-19 crisis

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Booster Call in response to the COVID-19 crisis is closed.

EIT RawMaterials Booster Call in response to the COVID-19 crisis aims to provide support to high-impact and growth potential start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs during the crisis, as well as help adapt and accelerate in the post-crisis economy with up to EUR 200 000 in funding. As part of the EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this activity directly contributes to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Call is open for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs affected by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the businesses directly or indirectly contributing to mitigate technological, market and value chain challenges connected to the COVID-19 global crisis.

Eligibility Criteria

The key targets supported within the open call include:

  1. Increasing the TRL (from at least TRL 4).
  2. Building or expanding Intellectual Property.
  3. Carrying out customer validation or pilot testing. The call also supports initiatives to find potential customers among EIT RawMaterials partners.
  4. Expanding the market and reaching a global scale.
  5. Preparing postcrisis economic reality (explore new market opportunities, anticipate new commercial opportunities, maintain employment and innovation capacity).

Thematic Scope

Booster Call in response to the COVID-19 crisis supports new businesses that contribute to the EIT RawMaterials vision to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. This includes activities along the whole raw materials value chain:


Exploration and raw materials resource assessment

Intelligent Mining

Mining in challenging environments

Resource Efficiency

Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes


Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products


Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance

Circular Economy

Design of products and services for the circular economy

The Call is Closed