Launch your innovation to the market!

Are you facing a challenge to bring your innovation to the market and seeking additional financial support? Apply for the SME Call to accelerate the commercialisation of your products and services!

EIT RawMaterials is committed to supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as they lead activities that will improve innovation capacity across its community. The call aims to boost and accelerate the launch on the market of new products within the context of the value chains and topics of the three EIT RawMaterials Lighthouses on Sustainable Discovery and Supply, Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility, Raw Materials and Circular Societies. This call supports innovation and business creation, accelerating the commercialisation of innovation to the benefit of European citizens.

The SME Call is especially suited to companies that are facing a challenge to bring their specific innovative product, process, solution or service to the market, and that are seeking additional financial support of up to €500 000 to solve their challenge. To qualify for funding, the company must propose solutions that are aligned with the value chains of the raw and advanced materials network and must fit the definition of an SME according to the European Commission:

SME is an entity engaged in an economic activity, with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of no more than €50 million and/or a balance sheet of no more than €43 million.

Apply for the SME Call by 6 May 2020!

You will be redirected to the EIT RawMaterials SeedBook platform. Please sign up to receive access and apply for the SME Call 2020.

Important information

Sustainable Discovery and Supply Lighthouse topics across the value chain include:

  • Resource Efficiency and Process Optimisation: Smart solutions that significantly reduce water and energy consumption are of critical importance to achieve more sustainable mineral processing operations that will have a positive impact along the entire value chain.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Integration
  • Safe and Sustainable Mining under a Social License to Operate

Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility Lighthouse topics across the value chain include:

  • “Opening of a new (urban) mine” – battery raw materials mining and processing from a primary or secondary European source.
  • Towards Solid-State Batteries – advanced materials, processing, battery cell design.
  • Towards a European Source of Rare Earths – mining, extraction, processing, recycling.
  • Sustainability – towards an improved Life Cycle Inventory database for raw materials and advanced materials related to e-mobility; ethical sourcing; traceability.
  • Sustainable Steel and Aluminium – energy and material efficiency processing; ethical sourcing; new alloys.
  • Education Business. Development of clever business model to develop a raw materials recruitment company.

Raw Materials and Circular Societies Lighthouse topics across the value chain include:

  • Resource Efficiency in Metallurgical Processing
  • Circular Products
  • Tools to Support the Transition to Circular Cities
  • Recycling of End-of-Life Products, including dismantling, sorting and recovering technologies (e.g., recovery of rare earth elements from end-of-life products).
  • Circularity Assessment Methodologies, bringing together expertise from the resource efficiency, LCA, water and energy fields.
  • Industrial Waste Valorisation/Industrial Symbiosis

Five eligibility criteria apply to this call:

  1. The lead partner must be an EU SME
  2. There must be a Coordinating Partner
  3. Mandatory minimum 30% co-funding
  4. Mandatory financial backflow for EIT RawMaterials
  5. The project should address EIT RawMaterials Lighthouse(s)

Proposals must be submitted no later than 6 May 2020 at 13:00 CET via SeedBook. The attached SME Project proposal: Guidance and Template for Complementary Information offers guidance for the content of the proposal. Evaluation will commence immediately after submission, and the outcomes of the evaluation will be communicated on or before 1 June 2020.