EIT RawMaterials university partners are welcome to apply for the open call to raise awareness of the significance of raw materials in modern life

Raw Materials University Days (RMUD) is a communication campaign originally launched by the European Commission (DG GROW) in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The event is now hosted and funded by the EIT RawMaterials under the umbrella of the RawMaterials Academy and implemented by EIT RawMaterials partners.

The overarching objective of the Raw Materials University Days is to raise awareness of the significance of raw materials in modern life, and also to demonstrate their relevance to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The concrete aims of RMUD are multifold:

  • Raise awareness of the potential of European raw materials and their importance in our everyday lives
  • Inspire and encourage young people to study a raw materials-related discipline, bringing much-needed human capital into the sector
  • Promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes in demand in the raw materials sector
  • Showcase the exciting and meaningful opportunities in industries pioneering innovation in the sector. These range from careers in industry, further research at universities and research & training organisations, as well as creating startups and the corresponding EIT RawMaterials support and opportunities for young entrepreneurs

Since 2017, 14 RMUD events have taken place at 14 partner universities in 10 countries across six Innovation Hubs CLCs.

Universities which are Core or Associate Partners of EIT RawMaterials may apply to organise a RMUD.  

In 2020, the target group for the University Days is bachelor and/or master students enrolled in programmes in European higher education institutes (HEI). RMUD 2020 events should show practical examples of career opportunities in industry, academia & research and as entrepreneurs. Cooperation with industry associations and existing networks of universities specialised in relevant fields would bring added value to the initiative. The event should involve current Master students, be interactive, and incorporate hands-on activities, e.g. visits, laboratory tours, or presentations, which illustrate the education and experiences of a Master student.

The maximum budget available to host a Raw Materials University Day is €12,000. RMUD is funded centrally through the RawMaterials Academy and is subject to the same pre-financing schedule as other Call for Projects 2020. A maximum of six RMUDs will be organised in 2020 (to ensure a fair geographic distribution, the RM Academy will aim for one event per Innovation Hub CLC). Priority will be given to universities who have not yet hosted a Raw Materials University Day.

How to apply for RMUD 2020?

RMUD 2020 host universities will be selected via an open application process starting on 11 November 2019. Interested universities must fill out an application form and submit to the RM Academy by Friday, 6 December 2019 EOB (extended deadline). See Infopage and application form. For further information or for any questions, contact Sofia Meyers, Education Project Manager (sofia.meyers@eitrawmaterials.eu). Applications should be sent to academy@eitrawmaterials.eu.