EU Co-funded ERA-MIN Joint Call 2021

Raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy

ERA-MIN3 is a global, innovative and flexible pan-European network of 24 European and non-European research funding organisations, aiming to continue strengthening the mineral raw materials community through the coordination of research and innovation programmes on non-fuel and non-food raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals). ERA-MIN3 builds on the experience of the H2020 ERA-MIN 2 (2016-2022) and FP7 ERA-NET ERA-MIN (2011-2015).

The EU Co-funded ERA-MIN Joint Call 2021 is the first joint call of the ERA-NET Cofund ERA-MIN3, officially launched on the 15th of January, 2021, which counts with an indicative budget of €19.5 Million.

The scope of the 2021 Call is needs-driven research addressing three segments of non-fuel, non-food raw materials: metallic materials; construction materials; industrial minerals.

Important Dates
January 15, 2021 Official launch of the Call
April 1, 2021 Deadline for pre-proposal submission - 17:00 (Brussels time)
June 15, 2021 Communication of pre-proposal assessment
September 8, 2021 Deadline for full-proposal submission - 17:00 (Brussels time)
November 30, 2021 Tentative communication of full-proposal assessment
December 14, 2021 Tentative communication of selection of full-proposals recommended for funding
May 1, 2022 Latest starting date of selected projects


2021 Call scope and topics

The scope of the 2021 Call is needs-driven research addressing three segments of non-fuel, non-food raw materials: metallic materials; construction materials; industrial minerals.

The five main call topics, and the subtopics, are:

  1. Topic 1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining

    ​​1.1: Exploration

    1.2: Mining operations

    1.3: Mine closure and reclamation

  2. Topic 2. Circular Design

    2.1: Product design for increased raw material efficiency

    2.2: Product design for reuse or extended durability of product

    2.3: Product design to promote recycling

    2.4: Product design for critical materials substitution

  3. Topic 3. Processing, Production and Remanufacturing

    ​3.1: Increase resource efficiency in resource intensive production processes

    3.2: Increase resource efficiency through recycling of residues or remanufacturing of used products and components

    3.3: Increase resource efficiency using information and communication technologies (ICT)

  4. Topic 4. Recycling and Re-use of End-of-Life Products 

    4.1: End-of-life products collection and (reverse) logistics

    4.2: End-of-life products pre-processing: pre-treatment, dismantling, sorting, characterisation

    4.3: Reuse, repair, refurbishing, repurposing and remanufacturing of End-of-Life products

    4.4: Recovery of raw materials from End-of-life products

    4.5: Recovery of raw materials from End-of-life immovable assets

    4.6: Increase recycling or reuse through information and communication technologies (ICT)

  5. Topic 5: Cross-cutting topics.

    ​5.1: New business models (implementing circular economy aspects)

    5.2: Improvement of methods or data for environmental impact assessment

    5.3: Social acceptance and trust/public perception of raw materials

    5.4: Health and safety issues

Proposals may address more than one topic and more than one of the 20 sub-topics, subject to national/regional regulations. The inclusion of the cross-cutting topics in proposals is of added value. Please check in advance which are the topics and sub-topics eligible for funding in your country/region in Call Text.

Who can apply: 

This call for proposals is aimed at all actors in the raw materials value chain, including universities, research institutes, companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and public authorities that can contribute to the objectives of ERA-MIN3 and who meet the eligibility criteria, as well as national/regional regulations.

A consortium must consist of at least three project partners eligible and requesting funding from the participating Funding Organisations of at least three different countries whereof at least two are an EU Member State or an Associated Country participating in the Call. Please note that not all participating Funding Organisations are EU Member States, namely Canada (Québec) and South Africa and the only EU Associated Country participating in the call is Turkey.

For more information please consult the complete Call Text.

Electronic Submission System: 
Partner Search Tool

A new ERA-MIN3 Partner Search Tool is now live. The partnering tool helps you to find cooperation possibilities within the ERA-MIN Joint Calls. It can be used in the following ways:

  • Post a Partner Offer/Request
  • Search List of Partner Offers/Requests posted by others

Other online partner search tools are available here

Participating countries and regions: 

The participating national and regional funding organisations are the following:

EU countries/regions and research funding organisations:

Belgium-Flanders (FWO and Hermesfond/VLAIO); Belgium-Wallonia (SPW-Recherche); Bulgaria (BNSF); Czech Republic (TA CR); Estonia (ETAg); Finland (Business Finland); France (ADEME and ANR); Germany (BMBF/JÜLICH); Ireland (GSI/EPA), Italy (MUR); Poland (NCBR); Portugal (FCT); Romania (UEFISCDI); Slovakia (SAS); Slovenia (MIZS); Spain (AEI and CDTI); Spain – Navarra (CFNA); Sweden (Vinnova).

EU Associated country: Turkey (TUBITAK)

Non-EU countries: Canada-Québec (PRIMA-Québec) and South-Africa (DSI).


More information

Check the complete Call announcement text of the EU Co-funded ERA-MIN Joint Call, and do not miss any important information on the EU Co-funded ERA-MIN Joint Call Text. Updated information and other call documents will be available from 15th January 2021 in this website. Follow us on Twitter: @eranetmin3 and Linkedin.

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