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ETP SMR coordination of research and innovation of raw materials issues

Acronym: 
RMInnovation
Objectives of the commitment: 

We aim to provide an umbrella and coordination function for the raw materials related research activities across the relevant ETPs and national technology platforms across the raw materials value chain in order to increase synergies and facilitate uptake of research results and innovation.
-It will encourage diversity and capacity building as well as transfer of knowledge and innovation capability. It will provide a contact point for the KIC.
-It will consolidate the network of people involved in the different Horizon 2020 and other projects and initiatives and will provide a platform for identifying gaps and complementarities and bridge where necessary.
-Advise the European Commission and National governments of future research needs and tools to stimulate innovation and assist in reviewing the EIP SIP when necessary.
We plan a two-step approach: 1st phase 2014-2015, 2nd phase 2016-2020 (after reassessing our commitment and submitting an updated one in the 2015 call for commitments).

Description of the activities: 

The ETPSMR will expand its brokering (1st event held in Dec. 2013) to a larger group of ETPs in April 2014. It will continue with a foresight seminar involving a range of ETPs and academics in Autumn 2014 followed by another brokering event which will be held annually.
From 2015 onwards the ETP will:
- hold two annual events (one reporting on progress of projects and brokering, the other foresight oriented),
- have small incubation cells and SME brokers to stimulate innovation.
It will further keep a close relationship with ERA-MIN in order to ensure synergies and coordination.
Close contact will be maintained with other relevant ETPs involved in the field of raw materials in order to best coordinate the various activities and support each other’s commitments – in particular the commitment led by the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform, also under Action area I.1 of the EIP SIP, which the ETP SMR fully supports and with which we have agreed close interaction.

Description of the expected impacts: 

The impacts are three-fold:
1) Brokering across ETPs, ERA, and other national activities will create cross-sectoral and cross value chain research and innovation.
2) Foresight seminars will enable to take stock of achieved research and innovation results and forecast directions for future research and assist in reviewing the SIP.
3) Incubation cells and SMR brokerage will drive and complement the innovation agenda.
Ultimately, we expect many European research leaders will be participating along with international interest, whilst cross fertilization and supply chain cooperation will be achieved.

Expected innovation outcomes: 
New ideas to the market
Other
Comments: 

Other innovation outcomes:
- Better involvement of supply chain partners.
- Better involvement and uptake of innovation through SMEs and feedback on future research and innovation needs.
- Better EU cohesion in research and capacity building across the EU.

Name of the coordinating organisation: 
European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR)
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
International non-profit association
Role within the commitment: 

Leader and coordinator, providing a communication channel in between the members of the ETP SMR and also with the raw materials community and the stakeholders (other ETPs, policy makers (EU & national public institutions), industry, public, etc.). To ensure alignment of these activities with the EIP SIP. To coordinate and play an active role in communication and dissemination activities.

Other partners: 
Name of partner: 
Euromines
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
International non-profit association
Role within the commitment: 
As the Director of Euromines currently holds the position of President of the ETP SMR, Euromines will act as the chief representative of the platform and heads the governing bodies of the ETP SMR - the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.
Name of partner: 
EuroGeoSurveys
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
International non-profit association
Role within the commitment: 
EuroGeoSurveys currently runs the Secretariat of the ETP SMR and as such will provide administrative and logistical support to the activities of the commitment.
Name of partner: 
KGHM Cuprum Ltd.
Country: 
Poland
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Research organisation
Role within the commitment: 
Analysis and assessment of innovative mining technologies, modern rock winning technologies and hazards in underground mining. Strategy and policy development in all research activities from testing to design, environmental impact studies, feasibility stage. Evaluation of the options for exploration. Methods and plans for improvement of protective zones around mines and smelters. Remediation programmes for post-industrial areas.
Name of partner: 
Bergforsk
Country: 
Sweden
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Research foundation and think tank
Role within the commitment: 
Bergforsk is responsible for maintaining and developing the research and innovation agenda for the Swedish mining sector. Bergforsk holds a seat on the Executive Committee of ETP SMR and as such will be involved in the executive management of the commitment.
Name of partner: 
Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB)
Country: 
Sweden
Entity profile: 
Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: 
Support as a member of the ETP SMR to organisation of events as necessary and potentially hosting.
Name of partner: 
The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars and the other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin
Country: 
Ireland
Entity profile: 
Academia
Role within the commitment: 
Support as a member of the ETP SMR to organisation of events as necessary and potentially hosting.
Existing EU contribution: 
No
Period to implement the commitment: 
Tuesday, 8 April, 2014 to Thursday, 31 December, 2015