EIT Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials was designated as an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) by the EIT Governing Board on 09 December 2014. The below provides some information about the challenges the KIC will address in the field of raw materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution) and the impact it will generate.

Goals and impact

EIT Raw Materials has the ambitious vision of turning the challenge of raw materials dependence into a strategic strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and entrepreneurship. This KIC will integrate multiple disciplines, diversity and complementarity along the three sides of the knowledge triangle (business, education and research) and across the whole raw materials value chain.

EIT Raw Materials will be the strongest consortium ever created in the world in the raw materials field. The approach will pay particular attention to systemic thinking and de-siloing across the value chain. Novel service offerings will be implemented to empower the EIT Raw Materials community and other stakeholders, including four customised tracks focusing on growth and job creation by boosting start-ups, SMEs, radical innovation and education.

EIT Raw Materials 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 well-educated people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.

EIT Raw Materials aims to, among others:

  • Support and develop over 40 incubated ideas by 2018
  • By 2018 create 16 start-ups
  • More than 1000 Masters and PhD EIT Label graduates by 2018
  • By 2022, EIT Raw materials aims to have commercialised already 70 patents

EIT Raw Materials Co-location Centres

EIT Raw Materials will set up six Co-location Centres:

  • Baltic Sea Co-location Centre (in Espoo, Finland)
  • Central Co-location Centre (in Metz, France)
  • Eastern Co-location Centre (in Wroclaw, Poland)
  • Nordic Co-location Centre (in Luleå, Sweden)
  • Southern Co-location Centre (in Rome, Italy)
  • Western Co-location Centre (in Leuven, Belgium)

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