ERA-NET Confund on Raw Materials (ERA-MIN) is a global, innovative and flexible pan-European network of research funding organisations, supported by EU Horizon 2020, that counts now with its third edition, ERA-MIN3 (2020-2025) and builds on the experience of the FP7 ERA-NET ERA-MIN (2011-2015) and the still running ERA-MIN 2 (2016-2022).

ERA-MIN aims to support the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP RM), the EU Raw Materials Initiative and further develop the raw materials (RM) sector in Europe through funding of transnational research and innovation (R&I) activities. This will be achieved through calls designed and developed specifically for the non-fuel, non-food raw materials sector.

ERA-MIN3: RAW MATERIALS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY aims to improve synergy, coordination and coherence between regional, national and EU funding in the raw materials sector by reducing fragmentation of raw materials funding across Europe and globally, as well as, improving the use of human and financial resources, the competitiveness and the environmental, social, health and safety issues of raw materials operations through supporting of transnational, excellent and translational R&I activities. It is built on the success of ERA-MIN 2: RESEARCH & INNOVATION PROGRAMME ON RAW MATERIALS TO FOSTER CIRCULAR ECONOMY, which is still running. Successively, ERA-MIN2 is built on the experience of ERA-MIN (2011-2015) whose aim was to bring together a significant number of funding and programming organisations to support the development of the non-energy mineral raw materials research area in Europe.

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12 Apr 2024

During the flagship Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission unveiled the second strategic plan for Horizon Europe, outlining key directives for the program's final three years (2025-2027).

The plan focuses on three pivotal areas:

  • Green Transition: Addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Digital Transition: Embracing digitalization and technological advancement.
  • Resilience and Inclusivity: Building a more resilient, competitive, inclusive, and democratic Europe.


08 Apr 2024

Last March the release of the 1st Draft of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) on Raw Materials was announced. This comprehensive document lays out the roadmap for the future of raw materials research and development, outlining key priorities, challenges, and opportunities in this critical field.

All stakeholders in the raw materials industry were invited to build this SRIA trough a survey. Together, we could build a more sustainable, resilient, and innovative raw materials sector that meets the needs of society, the economy, and the environment.

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03/06/2024 - 09:00 to 05/06/2024 - 18:00

The European Union flagship event bringing together stakeholders from research organizations, industry, SMEs, and policymaking to discuss the state-of-the-art, technological challenges, as well as future trends in the field of industrial technologies

The event will address critical questions:

30/06/2024 - 14:00 to 16:00

Following, the signature of European Critical Raw Material Act (CRMA) on 11 April by co-legislators (European Council and European Parliament), the Act will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. 

One of the key implementation tasks entrusted to DG GROW is to organise a selection of strategic projects defined by the CRMA, thus they are organising an Information Day on Strategic Projects. 

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