Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020


The project objective is to establish a Network of Infrastructure (NoI) of experts throughout EIT RawMaterials community, developing superior technical infrastructure to create synergies to merge and further develop advanced technologies and methodologies for re-activation of former mine sites. The NoI will also be the single point of contact for any relevant expertise in the particular fields.
Establishing the proposed NoI will achieve the following main goals:
  • developing superior technical infrastructure to foster technologies and methodologies for re-activation of former mine sites, easy access for the targeted audience to all relevant information through a single point of contact, because all excellence in re-activation of former mine sites with highest quality expertise for all project phases is visible and available, innovative methodology for re-activation of former mine sites will be described;
  • all available best practice technologies are known and evaluated;
  • demand for further development and innovation is described, creation of project proposals for future developments and innovation in all relevant and applicable technologies for re-activating former mine sites (e.g. KAVA upscaling projects), submit project proposals to the relevant call in Horizon2020. Applying for related projects, e.g. in programmes like Horizon2020, INTERREG, making best practice examples available, both on technical, legal (mineral policies, permitting and regulatory and administrative procedures, transparency), economic (including taxes) and environmental solutions for every phase of re-activation project, raising common awareness and understanding promotion among general public, decision makers and experts as well as increasing information/knowledge on the role of minerals in everyday life and impact of mining industries on countries economic development, supporting stakeholders on different levels (EU, member states, regional) in updating legal regulations and standards, development of innovative communication strategies with all stakeholders of re-activation projects, in particular authorities and society, collaboration with other KIC activities, e.g. wider society learning, collaboration with other KICs, collaboration with other organizations, stimulating investment by reducing risk of new investment in re-activation projects in Europe-an countries and by attracting different stakeholders, supporting stakeholders providing new links to geo-resources related infrastructures (hardware, databases, etc.) obtained, archived and made accessible through other European supported initiatives, e.g. EPOS (

The solution (technology)

The participating partners are covering the major regions with relevant potential for projects in Europe and the main target region for the proposed ser-vices is also Europe. So, the NoI will be able to deliver a clear impact in securing raw materials supply within Europe. As a major impact, the NoI work will stimulate investment by reducing the risk for new investment in re-activation projects in European countries and by attracting different stakeholders.However, the European example, covering first class standards, can be expanded to all raw material regions of the world; to the benefit of all stakeholders in raw materials projects, like raw material companies, responsible authorities and the society, represented by NGOs, interest groups (e.g. environmental, first nations, cultural hesitates), local or regional agencies) or single persons.For further detailed description of the project background, objective, scope, needs and impact please refer to the complementary PDF file section 3 of this proposal.


  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
  • Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
  • CUTEC-Institut GmbH (Clausthal Institute of Environmental Technology GmbH), Germany
  • E F T A S Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH (EFTAS), Germany
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Slovenia
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR), Germany
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • KGHM Cuprum sp. z o.o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe (KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre), Poland
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
  • Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, TTÜ – Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola Bochum (THGA Bochum), Germany
  • University of Limerick, Ireland