Strategic Agenda of EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2022

Executive Summary

Raw materials are essential to securing a transition to green energy technologies, to securing growth and sustainable consumption and to securing access to clean and efficient consumer technologies. Europe is highly dependent on importing raw materials to secure the global competitiveness of its manufacturing industries and to accelerate the transition to a resource efficient, sustainable society.

EIT RawMaterials has the ambitious vision to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe and the mission to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

EIT RawMaterials integrates disciplines, diversity and complementarity across the entire raw materials value chain and along the three sides of the knowledge triangle. The EIT RawMaterials partnership includes over 120 Core and Associate partners who are leaders in their fields. The KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) aims to be a highly effective network organisation that funds high-impact projects and delivers value-adding services to its partners.

EIT RawMaterials will create value by strengthening innovation, technology, services and skills, and especially by directly addressing raw materials challenges that require collaboration amongst stakeholders from all, or several parts, of the value chain. Integrating the knowledge triangle will be fostered through intertwining KIC activities in networking, acceleration and education. Lighthouses, large-scale and long-term coordinated innovation initiatives that directly address the three strategic objectives, will tackle fundamental innovation challenges in the raw materials field. The approaches will leverage impact through synergies and will provide a powerful way of maximising opportunities and impact in the raw materials sector in Europe.

EIT RawMaterials will generate significant impact on European competitiveness and employment. This will be realised through the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services and skilled human capital that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.

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