M€ in open calls for proposals for a total Budget of 32.413 M€.
Grants for collaborative R&D Projects involving more than 2 independent entities established in 2 or more EU Member or Associated States, for the development of innovative products, services or processes.
Topic / Target >NMP.2012.4.1-2 Innovative recycling technologies of key metals in high-tech applications


The EU industry is becoming more and more dependent on metals which are essential in the manufacture of advanced technological products, such as circuit boards, semiconductors, coatings, magnets, mobile phones, computers, home electronics, and solar panels. For example, these metals include platinum group and rare earth metals. The use of electronic products is increasing globally, because of the combination of shorter product lifecycles and stricter legislation, which are making electronic waste the fastest growing recycling segment.

Recycling technologies reduce waste going to disposal, consumption of natural resources and play an essential role in the move towards sustainable consumption and production.

Within this SME intensive sector, there is also potential to significantly improve recycling efficiency and capacity by encouraging innovation and introducing more effective processes and technologies. This would save costs, energy, and natural resources and thus help Europe to be less dependent on prices and imports of the key metals in high-tech applications.

Research activities should address all of the following areas:
- assess the status of major sensing technologies for the separation of the various materials and address the challenges of a more efficient pre-treatment and the metallurgical refining process for key metals;
- assess the re-usability and recyclability at the end of life of key metals;
- cover the logistics aspects of the value chain of high-tech advanced technological products and include integrated impact assessment studies to assess and evaluate environmental and economic impacts as well as the suitability of the innovative technologies for application within the EU.

The proposals are expected to cover demonstration activities, including pilot implementations in industrial settings and to show a clear application potential in the short-term.

The recycling of batteries for vehicles is already addressed within the Green Car PPP initiative and therefore it is not covered in this call topic.


Start date: 20/07/2011
End date: 08/11/2011
Total budget
for this call: 48.000.000
In general, support for research projects carried out by consortia with, at least, 3 independent legal entities from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries, ranging from € 1,5 to 5 million and aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources for research. Size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects will also be targeted to special groups such as SMEs and other smaller actors.
(CP - STREP) FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6 Small or medium-scale focused research projects

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 wok programme places renewed emphasis on raw materials: in particular, extraction and processing, reduction of waste and recycling.

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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