ERA-MIN3 is the ERA-NET Co-fund on Raw Materials, supported by European Commission’s Horizon 2020, it started on December 1st 2020 for a period of five years, and is coordinated by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal).
ERA-MIN3 is a pan-European network of research and innovation funding programmes consisting of 25 public organisations from 16 EU Member State countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, and Sweden), three EU Member state regions (Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, and Spain-Navarra), one Associated Country (Turkey) and three non-EU countries (Canada-Québec, Brazil and South Africa).
Built on the experience of the EU project ERA-MIN (2011-2015) and ERA-MIN 2 (2016-2022), ERA-MIN3 aims to enhance and strengthen the coordination of research and innovation programmes in the field of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (construction, industrial and metallic minerals) in line with the integrated strategy EU Raw Materials Initiative and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.
Through the implementation of, at least, two joint calls for transnational collaborative R&I projects, ERA-MIN3 will support demand driven research on Primary and Secondary Resources, and Substitution of Critical Raw Materials under a circular economy approach, as well as cross-cutting issues, like the mitigation of environmental impacts and raising public awareness. The main goal of this activity is to give the opportunity to the research and innovation community to apply to world-wide coordinated funding, gaining access to leading knowledge and new markets, while reducing fragmentation of research and innovation funding across Europe and globally.
The scope of the Joint Call is needs-driven research on non-fuel, non-food raw materials (primary and secondary minerals and metals) addressing one or several areas of the circular economy. As an overarching objective, the proposed research should clearly demonstrate potential to promote the sustainable and responsible supply, processing, production, consumption and recycling of primary and secondary raw materials in a circular economy, by taking into account also appropriate non-technology aspects as environmental, social, health and circular economy issues.