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Topic / Target >NMP.2013.4.1-3 European Intelligence Network on the Supply of Raw Materials


The major objective is to create a network to facilitate access for the EU to the raw materials information sources and to promote collaboration among experts.

The Coordination Action should in particular:
- Create a sustainable network gathering a critical mass of institutions with the relevant authority and competencies at world, EU and national levels, resulting in the creation of a permanent body before the end of the project.
- Create a harmonised and standardised EU knowledge base interoperable with national databases including information on primary and secondary resources on land and in marine environment down to 4 km depth, and estimations of the resource availability including urban mines (landfills and mining waste), and contribute to the establishment of the "European Raw Materials Yearbook" in close coordination with EUROSTAT.
- Produce a foresight study on raw materials supply and demand in the EU, together with competent financial institutions, with special attention given to critical minerals.
A strategy for annual updates of this foresight study on raw materials should be included as well.

- Develop a multi stakeholders’ Internet portal providing information on the raw materials resources and deposits within European Union.

All presented data and information should conform to the relevant world or European standards and should be of value for decision making related to raw materials.

Industry relevant non-energy non-agricultural primary and secondary raw materials are targeted.

Expected impact

(i) Contribute to the successful implementation of the Raw Materials Initiative and related activities;
(ii) Create a sustainable network at the EU level with competence in collecting and providing information on raw materials;
(iii) Improve harmonisation, standardisation and certification of national primary and secondary raw materials data;
(iv) Identify needs for future research & exploration, and green public procurement;
(v) Improve coordination in research and innovation actions in the field of raw materials intelligence; and
(vi) Formulate the ideas for possible novel actions with high European common interest and increase efficiency and effectiveness of the EU research activities in this field.


Start date: 10/07/2012
End date: 04/12/2012
Total budget
for this call: 13.900.000
Requested EU contribution per project: Max.: € 2 million per project
Support for activities aimed at coordinating research activities and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-national access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc.) undertaken by, at least, 3 indenpendent legal entities from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries worth up to € 2 million. These actions may also be implemented by means other than calls for proposal.
(CSA - CA) FP7-NMP-2013-CSA-7 Collaborative Actions

Raw materials

Raw materials are essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies.

Access to and affordability of mineral raw materials are crucial for the sound functioning of the EU's economy and the competitiveness of European industry.

For this reason, this work programme, and the previous one, place renewed emphasis on raw materials.

The topics in this section contribute to the aims of the proposed European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials

The integration of knowledge and technologies of the three areas of research above is essential in order to speed up the transformation of European industry and its economy, while adopting a safe, socially responsible and sustainable approach.

The research will focus on new applications and novel, step-change solutions responding to major challenges, including the RTD needs identified by the different European Technology Platforms.

This research should enable and sustain the knowledge-based transformation of current industrial sectors and the development of new science-based sectors through the integration of new knowledge from nano-, materials-, and production technologies in sectoral and crosssectoral applications.

The RTD approaches and objectives applied by the partners should lead to results (products, processes, methods, etc) and impacts which must observe the guidelines of the sustainable development paradigm, namely the public health, worker safety, environmental protection and the societal dimensions, including governance concerns (public awareness and acceptance).

Furthermore this research work must constitute an opportunity for Europe to consolidate the optimal normalisation and standards needed.

Several cross-cutting dimensions could be considered while handling the vast array of sectors and applications and could further inspire the emergence of topics:

− Transforming traditional industry, which faces the challenge of low-cost competition, as well as rapidly changing market expectations and behaviour. It should increase its productivity through new processes, high-added value products and new business models.

− Fostering scale-intensive and specialised suppliers industry through the adoption and integration of new advanced technologies thus enabling the improvement of its leadership in the global market.

− Promoting Science-based Industry which will play a key role in establishing a highvalue European industry. It will need the integration of most of the advanced technologies dealt with in Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production activities, enabling the development of new, high value, products and services, processes and even leading to new industries.

− Towards a sustainable supply industry is another key objective in supporting product and productivity innovation, especially for sectors with a large environmental impact.
Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and New Production Technologies

The objective of this theme is to improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, by generating step changes in knowledge and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines.

This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledge-based traditional industries, with a special focus to the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs.

These activities are primarily concerned with enabling technologies which impact all industrial sectors and many other Seventh Framework Programme themes.

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