Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Navigation path

Raw Materials

Article
Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

The European Union is facing two main challenges, which are crucial for a strong EU industrial base as an essential building block of the EU's growth and competitiveness:

  • a high dependence of its imports, and
  • the security of supply of raw materials.

Sectors depending on access to raw materials, such construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, machinery, equipment, renewable energy devices, have a combined added value in excess of EUR 1,000 billion and provide employment for some 30 million people.

EU addressed these challenges in the EU Raw Materials policy and strategy called "Raw materials initiative". Based on this iniative, the new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw materials, gathers many different players, from Member States authorities, industry, research organisations and initiatives, and civil society to develop the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The plan iscomposed of a comprehensive set of Research and Innovation actions under the three pillars: technology, non-technology and international cooperation.

Concrete targets of the SIP include the launch of up to 10 pilot actions to promote technologies for the production of primary and secondary raw materials, finding substitutes for at least three applications of critical and scarce raw materials, building up the EU raw materials knowledge base, creating better framework conditions for raw materials in the EU, and establishing proactive international cooperation with the third countries.
 

"Raw materials" in Horizon 2020

In order to tap the full potential of primary and secondary raw materials and to boost the innovation capacity of the EU raw materials sector a number of challenges along the entire raw materials value chain will be addressed in the Raw materials part of the Societal Challenge 5: "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".

It predominantly focuses on non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials used in industry (metallic minerals, industrial minerals, construction materials, wood and natural rubber).

Search for funding opportunities related to raw materials in the Participant Portal.

Newsroom

Multimedia

27/05/2014 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

News

06/07/2015 - 17:58

By 1 December 2014 the first 100 calls had closed. What can we tell about the popularity of the programme, the success of SMEs, the degree to which the programme has attracted newcomers - both as participants and as expert evaluators - the proportion of women experts and the speed with which contracts have been signed? See this new page to find out more! Read more

10/06/2015 - 13:59

End of 2014 the first Horizon 2020 projects were signed. Since then almost four thousand more have been added. Read more

09/06/2015 - 17:12

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission intends to set up a new Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM"). The mechanism will support the Commission with high-quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

#H2020