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Pre-announcement: opening soon an international Call for projects in the domain of non-agricultural non-energy raw materials

In the framework of ERA-NET Cofund ERA-MIN2, at the beginning of February ANR will launch, in partnership with other 21 funding agencies from 17 different countries, its first Call for projects on non-agricultural non-energy raw materials, for a total amount of 15 M€.

The European industrial development needs raw materials having often limited resources, either intrinsically or for geopolitical reasons. The steady increase in consumption of this type of raw materials for several technological applications, including electronics and mobiles, implies that Europe must be able to secure its supply. Industries should increase the efficient use of these resources, or even substitute them with other elements allowing their products to keep an equivalent or improved functionality. Moreover, all these processes must be designed and progressively integrated in a framework of circular economy. Research efforts are therefore needed at each stage of the value chain (exploration, design, use and recycling...) with the main target of allowing in the near future a supply in non-agricultural non-energetic primary or secondary raw material both secure for the industry, and responsible and sustainable for society.

A Call for projects focused on 5 main topics

The objective of this Call is to help the promotion of a research community, academic and industrial, today too fragmented at European level. Research activities may focus on a wide range of topics along the value chain in the domain of non-agricultural non-energy raw materials.  Raw materials concerned by this call are metal ores, construction materials and industrial materials; resources can be either primary or secondary, as urban mining or waste of electric and electronic devices (WEEE).

The call will feature 5 main topics:

  • Mines exploration and extraction (sub-topic exploration not funded by ANR)
  • Design of new products for increased raw materials efficiency and critical materials substitution, for instance those with difficult supply or toxicity issues;
  • Processing, production and remanufacturing, with increased energy end resource efficiency and valorization of by-products and residues;
  • Recycling of end-of-life products, and associated recovery processes, in a circular economy framework
  • A transverse topic (not funded by ANR) will cover economic, environmental and social aspects.

Submission procedures

Projects submission and evaluation will take place in two steps, in cooperation between all funding partners. Project pre-proposal and proposals must be written in English and have to be submitted by the Coordinator on the submission website, respecting requested format and terms (all information will be available on-line). Only pre-proposals selected after a first peer evaluation will be allowed to submit a full proposal.

Partners of the selected projects will be funded directly by their respective national or regional organizations (agencies or departments). As a result, national regulations apply: in particular French partners should read carefully the document "Terms for French participants", available on this page.

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