Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020


The project meets a strategic goal of the EIT RawMaterials, consisting of substitution or recycling of rare earths, which are a class of critical raw materials for the EU industry, in a significant market like that of radiation detectors.
Main objectives are:

  • to establish a broad network able to provide several types of experimental services and consultations to research groups and companies aiming at using already available materials or at developing novel material systems;
  • to promote networking between partners and matchmaking with other EIT RawMaterials (EIT RM) partners and non-EIT RM institutions;
  • to promote educational activities through the exchange of students and young researchers between academic institutions and participating companies.

The solution (technology)

The activities are organized into three work packages:

  • WP1 (Creation and development of the infrastructure services)
  • WP2 ( Education activities)
  • WP3 (Management and networking)

Target end-customers are companies and research institutions. Beneficiaries of intersectoral educational activities are PhD students and young researchers.
High school students, undergraduate students, and professionals will also be beneficiaries of educational activities of the network.
Activities in SPARK are linked with AIDA2 H2020 Infrastructure Project and INTELUM project (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014) in which the coordinator is a partner.


For more information, please visit the official website of the project.