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EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is a European Union where raw materials are a strategic strength. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.
EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse.
There are six regional hubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden, called Co-location centers that represent different regional ecosystems bridging between business, research and education.
EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and SMEs receive funding and support through our partner network and collaboration activities.
EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.
Open Call for KAVA Projects 2019
EIT Raw Materials announced the opening of the Call for KAVA 6 (KIC-Added Value Activity) for projects that will be approved in 2019 and will start in 2020.
If you are interested in the submission of a proposal in response to this call you should read the attached documents carefully.
Kava 6 in a nutshell
What are the types of KAVA projects?
Under the 2019 call launched by the EIT Raw Materials the proposals should response to the following KAVA types:
1. Upscaling projects
2. Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) and Internationalization projects
3. Education projects • PhD Education • Master Education • Lifelong Education • Wider Society Learning
4. Lighthouse (LH)
a. Raw Materials and Circular Societies (LH)
b. Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (LH)
Note that different rules and evaluation criteria apply to Education, Up-scaling, and Internationalization/RIS projects. RIS Upscaling and Life-long Learning projects have some very specific rules. Please check the call texts very carefully. Also, note that more restrictive eligibility criteria apply.
What is a Lighthouse project?
Lighthouses are large - scale and long-term coordinated innovation initiatives that address critical and specific raw materials challenges for Europe. LH proposals can be submitted in all segments (Upscaling, Education, RIS and Internationalization).
Does the EIT require a minimum Technology Readiness Level (TRL)?
This depends on the type of project. In Upscaling projects ‘the technology must be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of at least 5 at the beginning of the project, corresponding to a technology validated in relevant environment’.
Do the projects have to be linked to critical raw materials?
Not only, projects may address mineral or metalliferous raw materials. Other types of substances and materials may be considered as long as the focus of the project is on the raw materials value chain. Your Project Officer will be able to advise you if you have any doubts.
What is the expected Period and Budget of a project?
The expected duration of a project depends on the type of activity, but it is expected that most projects will have a duration between 12 and 36 months.
The expected budget of a project depends on the type of activity. Note, however, the limit of €300.000,00 per year across all projects for Associate Partners (Chalmers University of Technology participates as Associate Partner).
What are the deadlines?
Deadline for proposal registration - Friday 11 January 2019, 13.00 CET
Deadline for proposal submission - Friday 15 February 2019 at 13.00 CET
The deadline for proposal registration using SeedBook is 13.00 CET on Friday 11 January 2019. Only proposals registered by this deadline will be given full consideration. You will not be able to create a new proposal after this deadline.
It is a requirement to register your intention to submit a proposal and contact Co-Location Center/Innovation Hub staff and the Thematic Officers/Senior Advisors before submitting the proposal.
What are some important points?
* A work package on Communication and Dissemination is compulsory in all KAVA projects. We advise you to consider a marketing budget of around 15% of your total budget.
* If you apply for the Upscaling Call, a go-to-market strategy is expected to be included in the project as Work Package (0).
For further information, you can contact:
Terpsithea Ketegeni firstname.lastname@example.org
Chalmers KIC EIT Raw materials Coordinator