The first ERA-MIN joint call was launched on the 30th of April 2013 involving five funding agencies: TEKES (Finland), VINNOVA (Sweden), NCBR (Poland), FCT (Portugal) and UEFISCDI (Romania). The funding agencies granted together a total of €3.9 million to this pilot call which closed on June, the 27th, 2013. The scope of the call was "Sustainable and responsible supply of (non-energy) primary resources".
18 applications were submitted. Among them, 14 passed the eligibility check. The proposals showed a preference towards Extraction, Minerals processing and Mine closure and rehabilitation.
Out of these, for projects have been selected and will start early this year.
For more information on the call results and the selected projects, please look the summary report in the ERA-MIN documents section of the website.
Read more: 4 projects receive funding from ERA-MIN pilot calls
Please find here the ERA-MIN Research Agenda (abstract and download) link to Roadmap
In the last issue of Nature, can be read an article adressing the use of metals in a low-carbon society investing on renewable energies, with reference to the ERA-MIN project.
Read more: Metals for a low-carbon society
The Yale Environment 360 review has just published an article by Nicola Jones mentioning ERA-MIN.
A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies. Researchers are now working to find alternatives to these critical elements or better ways to recycle them.
Read more: A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies
The European Commission is launching an open call for commitments by actors in the private, public and non-governmental sectors (including academia) in the framework of the EIP Raw Material.
Read more: EIP Raw Materials: Call for commitments opens
ERA-MIN is a network of European organisations owning and/or managing research programs on raw materials.
It is currently comprising 19 partners from 15 countries. The number of partners is set to increase over the project’s lifetime to form a major network for the European non-energy mineral raw materials research community (ENERC).Our members
To contribute to overcome the current state of fragmentation and to foster research in the field of industrial production and supply of raw materials by :