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 is vital, as Europe is highly dependent on 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 Innovation Hubs (CLCs) 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 EIT RawMaterials 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 EIT RawMaterials 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 Innovation Community. EIT RawMaterials RIS activities are also conducted via ‘Hubs’, which are linked to EIT RawMaterials and the respective Innovation Hubs; 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 EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community. The individuals, start-ups and other organisations taking part in KIC activities share their experiences with the local ecosystems via the Hubs.

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