Scale up your business!

Your Start-up or an SME offers sustainable solutions for the raw materials sector? Apply for the RM Booster to get financial support and access to the EIT RawMaterials partner network to scale up your business!

RM Booster programme provides support to start-ups and SMEs to develop innovative products and services that can produce an impact in the raw materials sector or benefit our partners.

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

Start-up and SME Booster provides established companies with support to:

  • speed up a technology challenge resulting in a higher TRL, bringing the technology closer to the market
  • accelerate market penetration by dedicating financial resources for a specific segment or target market
  • facilitate product portfolio diversification, enabling product adaption or new product features to address a concrete market need

Start-up and SME Booster Call 2020 is open all year long. For the sake of clarity and to ensure a smooth selection and operational progress of the selected Start-ups and SMEs, three cut-off dates for proposal submission will be organised. The application deadlines are 17 January, 15 May, 4 September and 23 October 2020.

Early Stage Start-ups Supported
Estimated External Investment Raised
Products and Services Launched
Applications Received

Thematic scope

Europe is home to world-leading manufacturing industries, game-changing innovative technologies and an entrepreneurial infrastructure that can enable the transition to a resource-efficient, sustainable, society as envisioned in the EU 2020 agenda. A sustainable supply of mineral resources (metals, construction material) is vital for the development of these core industrial activities and their long-term economic success.

Start-up & SME Booster supports new businesses sharing our vision to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe.


Exploration and raw materials resource assessment

mining truck

Mining in challenging environments

mineral processing machine

Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes


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

mobile phone

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

sun, wind turbine, green energy

Design of products and services for the circular economy

In this RM Booster Call 2020, EIT RawMaterials seeks companies developing solutions for:

  • Sustainable Discovery and Supply of primary and secondary resources (innovative solutions based for example on artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) for securing and processing strategic mineral resources in a sustainable and safe way and with a social license to operate.
  • Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (materials for electrification such as batteries, fuel cells, magnets; materials for lightweight design including steels, non-ferrous alloys, composites, multimaterials).
  • Raw Materials and Circular Societies (new circular business models such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, sharing economy).

Amount of funding

  • Financial support of up to EUR 60 000.
  • Eligible costs follow the rules under the EIT framework agreements (FPA and SGA), please see the EIT RawMaterials Booster Call Terms & Conditions.

How to apply

Please find below the Start-up and SME Booster templates and Terms and Conditions of the Booster Call 2020. After finalising your proposals, you can upload them on the application page (link below).

Applications must be submitted by the contact person of the company via the registration link:

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To get in touch with your regional EIT RawMaterials Innovation Hub, please check the list of Hubs and countries covered by them: