Background

Europe is the 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. Providing the sustainable supply of raw materials (RM) is vital, as Europe is highly dependent on of raw materials for its core industrial activities.

Already in its application, EIT RawMaterials consortium claimed that, because the raw materials sector and its associated challenges are commonly embedded in regional industrial ecosystems, “it is very important for the consortium to reach Pan-European coverage” – beyond the Core and Associate Partners active in 22 EU countries.

EIT RawMaterials RIS Outreach

EIT RawMaterials has established six Co-Location Centers (CLC) covering Europe in a geographically balanced way to offer physical proximity to the partners. Each CLC is transnational to stimulate cross-cultural networking and collaboration across Europe.

The CLCs contribute to and deploy the annual business plan and support KIC partners. Furthermore, they stimulate regional business development by triggering the emergence of new ideas and innovations, connecting complementary people (innovators and entrepreneurs) and ensuring that infrastructures are shared amongst partners.

One of KIC’s main tasks is bringing the RIS regions and countries to the EIT RawMaterials and the EIT RawMaterials to the RIS regions and countries. This will allow all relevant stakeholders from RIS countries to participate in European projects and funding schemes.

According to its Strategic Agenda 2016-2022, EIT RawMaterials aims at extending the geographical reach to those countries where it is not yet present by establishing fruitful partnerships and sharing of knowledge, best practices and innovative technologies with the respective ecosystems.

EIT RawMaterials will outreach mostly to those EU regions where a Smart Specialisation Strategy supports the raw materials issues and where there is no critical mass of KIC partners.

Outreach activities will be defined on a case-by-case basis, but they may include for example mobility programmes for students and professors, study visits, scientific and technical valorisation of the results, technology transfer, support of local start-ups, joint communication and networking events.

EIT RawMaterials RIS Activities

The EIT RawMaterials activities address the objectives and key principles of the EIT RIS concept to provide access to activities and services of the KIC to those who might not otherwise have this access. The activities will thus also raise the awareness of the RIS regions and countries towards EIT RawMaterials, but primarily will have a significant impact on these regions and countries itself by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

The EIT RawMaterials RIS activities are initiated and coordinated by the CLCs involved, which act as facilitators between the actors in the RIS regions and the actors in the KIC. EIT RawMaterials RIS activities are also conducted via ‘Hubs’, which are linked to the KIC and the respective CLC; they act as a local platform for interaction and brokerage, as well as a channel of the knowledge sharing and good practices acquired by the KIC. The individuals, start-ups and other organisations taking part in KIC activities share their experiences with the local ecosystems via the Hubs. Examples of Hubs include the Regional Center Freiberg and the Regional Innovation Cluster (ESEE)

BalticPlus

Objective The purpose of the co-investing event is for attracting Baltic investors, SMEs, start-ups and business idea holders (Universities/Researchers) in the field of raw materials. The solution (technology) EIT RawMaterials will organise a competition for start-ups with a possibility to win a rebate with which they could use EIT RawMaterials partners’ R&D infrastructure with a […]

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BloW-uP: Balkans Waste to Products: transfer of NoI model to Balkan area: de-siloing new waste-derived raw materials and devel-oping new applications.

The development of marketable products starting from waste (mining sludge and agro-residues) can have a clear positive impact on the environment since it decreases the amount of waste to be disposed of. The scouting of innovative applications of waste-derived materials and the development of already identified products/applications will foster the development of new skills (innovative […]

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CareersForum

Objective The project makes career opportunities more accessible to people in Eastern Europe from the Baltic States, Poland and South-East Europe. The solution (technology) CLC Baltic Sea and CLC East will host a Careers Fair in three locations in Eastern Europe. The events will be promoted targeting professionals, undergraduates and recent graduates from education programmes relevant […]

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CircularSerbia: Benefits from cooperations between EU recycling sector and Serbian industry

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2019 Objective The project will support a regional system of innovation in Serbia and other Western Balkan countries. Building upon ongoing projects it will bring together business partners, education and research institutions in Serbia with European institutions. The solution (technology) The project includes a study visit, a […]

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DIM ESEE: Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining school

Project duration: 1 April 2016 – 1 April 2021. Objective Educational activity is addressing the topics of the primary interest of the RM community: zero waste management and deep intelligent mining, both representing the strategic pillars of the EIT RawMaterials CLC East, followed by small mining sites and recycling being of high regional importance. The […]

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IncluESEE: Inclusion of the ESEE region and Ukraine in innovative exploration developments

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2020 Objective Bosnia&Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine lack geological expertise due to political and economic reasons. Significant need for training on geological exploration methodologies for defining greenfield potential and use of laboratory equipment is present in these countries. Due to post-war economy crises, the insecure financial sector as well […]

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InPhos: Sustainable Management of Phosphorus in Baltic countries

Project duration: 1. January 2018 – 31 March 2020 Objective Phosphorus is a critical raw material and its sustainable management needs to be implemented in all European regions. It is an essential element for human nutrition, yet limited resource, which cannot be replaced by any other element. As Europe has no significant phosphorous mines, it […]

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InvestRM: Multifactor model for investments in the raw material sector

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021 Objective After a decade of declining commodity prices, negative investment trends debated mining legislation and increased overall risks, mining companies are struggling to survive searching for new sustainable investment options. The InvestRM project will create a decision-making tool for raw materials companies and investors, mining institutes, technical […]

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MineService: Mining/Mineral Support Services

Project duration: 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2019 Objective The project is a public mineral intelligence system to support authorities (on national, regional or local level) at the decision-making process and to facilitate industry to enter into new markets. The solution (technology) The project will create a network, and a compendium of good practices […]

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REEBAUX: Prospects of REE recovery from bauxite and bauxite residue in the ESEE region

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021 Objective Rare earth elements (REE) are critical raw materials imported in large numbers for modern industrial applications but almost exclusively extracted out of Europe, thus leaving the continent completely dependent on imports. Europe-based REE production shall cover a significant amount of the domestic need and reduce […]

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RESEERVE: Mineral potential of the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe region

Project duration: 1 April 2018 – 30 June 2021 Objective RESEERVE is a RIS KAVA project, mapping the mineral sources of the six ESEE countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and FYRO Macedonia, currently not included in the existing data platforms. The main project outcome is the creation of the West Balkan Mineral […]

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