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TOPIC : New solutions for sustainable production of raw materials

Topic identifier: SC5-13-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
10 November 2015
Deadline: 08 March 2016 17:00:00

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
08 November 2016
Deadline: 07 March 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The EU is highly dependent on raw materials that are crucial for a strong European industrial base, an essential building block of the EU's growth and competitiveness. Securing the sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), for the EU economy is of high importance. However, the EU is confronted with a number of technological challenges along the entire raw materials production value chain of primary and secondary raw materials. There is also a need for clean and sustainable raw materials production solutions to avoid environmental damage.

This specific challenge is identified in the Priority Area 'Technologies for primary and secondary raw materials’ production of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials.

Scope:

All proposals should develop sustainable systemic solutions through industrially- and user-driven multidisciplinary consortia covering the relevant value chain of non-energy non-agricultural raw materials.

Assessment of the related environmental, social and safety risks and a plan to communicate the added value of the proposal to the local communities and society for improving public acceptance and trust should be addressed by all the proposals. Participation of civil society from the start of exploration until after-mining activities in a process of co-design, co-development and co-implementation is strongly encouraged.

Projects should include a work-package to cluster with other projects financed under this topic and – if possible – with other relevant projects in the field funded by Horizon 2020, in support of the EIP on Raw Materials.

In line with the EU's strategy for international co-operation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497) international co-operation is encouraged.

Proposals should develop solutions validated in lab or in industrially relevant environment, finishing at the level of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4-5.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 million and EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Proposals shall address only one of the following issues:

a) Sustainable selective low impact mining (2016): Proposals should develop new sustainable selective low impact technological solutions for mining of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) on the land. The proposals have to clearly show integration of mining solutions with the processing and/or metallurgy steps in order to justify economic viability of the overall process. Proposals should include the participation of technology oriented SMEs, as far as possible.

b) New technologies for the enhanced recovery of by-products (2016): Proposals should evaluate the potential by-products existing in primary or secondary raw materials (usually accompanying the major constituents at low concentrations) and should develop energy-, material- and cost-efficient new mineral processing and/or metallurgical technologies and processes to increase the selectivity and the recovery rates of valuable by-products, particularly Critical Raw Materials. The importance of the targeted sources of by-products for the EU economy has to be duly demonstrated in the proposal.

c) New sensitive exploration technologies (2017): Proposals should develop new and more sensitive environmentally sound exploration technologies and solutions (such as remote sensing technologies, innovative multi-method approaches to reprocess existing or new geophysical data) able to identify targets for detailed exploration on the land with lower costs, leading to finding new deposits and to re-assessing the mineral potential for the EU. Any of the metallic, industrial and/or construction minerals could be targeted. The importance of the targeted raw materials for the EU economy has to be duly demonstrated in the proposal. Proposals should include the participation of technology oriented SMEs, as far as possible. Sea exploration is not targeted by this call.

Expected Impact:

Projects are expected to justify and provide evidence that they lead to:

a)

  • achieving the objectives of the EIP on Raw Materials, particularly in terms of ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU and improving supply conditions within the EU;
  • pushing the EU to the forefront in the area of sustainable mining technologies and solutions through generated know-how (planned patents, publications in high impact journals[1] and joint public-private publications etc.);
  • unlocking substantial reserves of new or currently unexploited resources within the EU;
  • improving the economic viability of small industrial mining operations;
  • improving in the longer term the competitiveness of and creation of new jobs in mining and/or equipment manufacturing industries;
  • safeguarding environmental stability and improving the health and safety performance of the operations;
  • improving the awareness, acceptance and trust of society in a sustainable raw materials production in the EU;

b)

  • achieving the objectives of the EIP on Raw Materials, particularly in terms of ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU and improving supply conditions within the EU;
  • pushing the EU to the forefront and improving the competitiveness and creation of new jobs in processing, refining, equipment manufacturing and downstream industries through generated know how (planned patents, publications in high impact journals and joint public-private publications etc.);
  • increased process selectivity, broader range and higher recovery rates of valuable, particularly Critical Raw Materials;
  • unlocking substantial reserves of new or today unexploited resources within the EU;
  • increased economic performance in terms of higher material-, energy- and cost-efficiency and flexibility in minerals processing, metallurgical or recycling processes;
  • improving the environmental performance of the operations, including a reduction in waste and emissions generation and a better recovery of resources from generated waste;
  • improving the health and safety performance of the operations;
  • improving the awareness, acceptance and trust of society in a sustainable raw materials production in the EU;

c)

  • achieving the objectives of the EIP on Raw Materials, particularly in terms of ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU and improving supply conditions within the EU;
  • pushing the EU to the forefront in the area of sustainable exploration technologies and solutions through generated know how (planned patents, publications in high impact journals and joint public-private publications etc.);
  • increasing the reserves of various primary raw materials within the EU;
  • reducing the exploration costs for the industry through new cost-effective exploration technologies, while safe-guarding long- and short-term environmental stability;
  • in longer term improving the competitiveness of and creating added value and new jobs in raw materials producing, equipment manufacturing, information and communication technologies and/or downstream industries;
  • improving the awareness, acceptance and trust of society in a sustainable raw materials production in the EU.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

[1]High impact journals are defined to be the top 10% (in terms of Scimago Journal Ranking (SJR) index) of all journals within a given scientific category (www.scimagojr.com).

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

     

  8. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
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