/Call for Projects to start in 2023

Call for Projects to start in 2023

Developing raw materials into a major strength for Europe

Minerals, metals and advanced materials are key enablers to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Today, only a fraction of the most relevant raw materials is produced in Europe. This can be changed through a circular economy approach, through innovation in recycling, substitution, processing, mining, and exploration. It is the objective of EIT RawMaterials to secure a sustainable raw materials supply by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship across European industrial ecosystems.

EIT RawMaterials comprises over 300 partners and provides a collaborative environment for disruptive and breakthrough innovations by connecting business with academia, research, and investment. It also invests in future generation of innovators for the raw materials sector through initiatives ranging from education of school students to higher qualifications for industry professionals.

Strengthening sustainable innovation ecosystems across Europe

We must strengthen Europe’s sustainable innovation ecosystems to increase our resilience, reducing dependencies on critical raw materials and introducing resource-efficient lifecycles to new products. Europe has all the expertise to make this happen.

EIT RawMaterials has introduced an update to the Lighthouse programmes to reflect the most pressing needs of the raw materials value chain. New topics now cover Circular Societies, Sustainable Materials and Responsible Sourcing. Specifically, we are looking for new proposals on:

  • Upscaling: the proposal should address at least one of the 10 proposed topics related to the three Lighthouses programmes.
  • Higher Education: the focus shall be on PhD schools addressing selected topics of the three Lighthouses.
  • Lifelong Learning: the focus shall be on demand-driven proposals in four selected thematic areas.

The Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) remains a strong focus of our KAVA* call. RIS projects are a great platform to foster collaboration and boost innovation in the region. Please note, all the submitted proposals should support financial sustainability.

* KIC Added Value Activity (KAVA)

** Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC)

Your Innovation Hub, together with Education and Innovation team, is your point of contact for any additional information on the new call.

Creating synergies and added value within Horizon Europe

This year EIT RawMaterials has expanded this call to non-members. We encourage our partners and stakeholders from industry, research and education, including start-ups and SMEs, to submit new project proposals that will generate a significant impact on European industrial competitiveness, innovation capacity and human capital, as well as empower students and entrepreneurs driving towards the circular economy, the digital transition and the contribution towards the EU Green Deal goals.

Thematic Scope


Mining and processing

Future exploration, mining, and processing technologies

Innovation in the substitution of critical, toxic, and low-performance materials

Additive manufacturing of materials

Resource efficient design of materials

Industrial symbiosis

Design for recycling and life-time extension

End-of-life product recycling

Chain of custody

Important deadlines

  • Proposal registration: Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 13:00 CET
  • DRAFT Proposal submission: Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 13:00 CET
  • FINAL proposal submission: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 at 13:00 CET

Please note, you can submit and un-submit your FINAL application as many times as you like prior to the submission deadline. By doing so, you will be able to check if your application is complete and formatted correctly well ahead of the submission deadline. DRAFT proposals received after 13:00 CET on 31 May 2022 will not be considered under any circumstance, and the ones selected at Stage 1 of the submission process will have to submit the FINAL proposal no later than 14 September 2022.

Selection process and topics

The overall format for the proposal submission and evaluation is very similar to the Call for Projects 2022 (KAVA 9):

  • The proposal submission will take place in two stages, with a DRAFT proposal and a FINAL proposal. Both submissions will be evaluated. It is therefore imperative that the DRAFT proposals contain sufficient information for a comprehensive evaluation.
  • The DRAFT proposal should not exceed 5 pages and should contain an executive summary, with objectives, outcomes and final results expected (1/2 page), a short description of the consortium with role of each partner (1/2 page) and detailed information (4 pages) addressing the selected criteria that have been updated, and which will be evaluated as “yes/no”.
  • Only proposals receiving “yes” to all of the selected criteria at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a FINAL proposal in Stage 2.
  • For up-scaling activities, the proposal should address at least one of the topics listed in the Lighthouse Appendix, provide a minimum co-funding of 30%, and the funded projects must contribute to the EIT RawMaterials financial sustainability by generating a financial backflow capped to an amount equalling the EIT funding received by the consortium plus a risk-related mark-up to be defined for each individual case.
  • For Higher Education activities, the focus shall be on PhD summer/winter schools on thematic orientations related to the Lighthouse programmes.
  • For Lifelong Learning activities, the focus shall be on demand-driven proposals in 4 selected thematic areas, demonstrate a clear industrial need, and support the sustainability of the organisation.
  • This call will not support new activities on Wider Society Learning or Master Education.
  • For RIS activities, same conditions as above will apply for RIS Upscaling and Education activities, and partners will have the opportunity to propose RIS Capacity Building activities.

Please read the call texts very carefully, as some of the eligibility criteria and mandatory requirements have changed to comply with EIT’s requests.

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