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Transnational Cooperation


Implement a European-wide coordination of research and innovation programmes on raw materials to strengthen the industry competitiveness and the shift to a circular economy

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) e 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.

ERA-MIN Website.

ERA-MIN Joint call 2023 call announcement

Highlights – Save the dates

December 7, 2022:Publication of Call Documents.

December 14, 2022, 13:30 - 15:30 (Lisbon time) : ERA-MIN Joint Call 2023 Launch webinar. Pre-registration is needed.

March 30, 2023, 16:00 (Lisbon time): Submission deadline for proposals.

October 17, 2023: Expected date of communication of the selected projects.

April 1, 2024: Latest starting date of selected projects.

Please, see the announcement of the joint transnational call here.

ERA-MIN provides an Electronic Tool to facilitate consortium building on the 2023 call sub-topics and presents a list of partner offers/procurements. See here.

ERA-MIN Dashboard – Interactive map that allows you to search all funded projects by country, topic, sector and keyword since 2013.

Please check this page regularly to follow news and/or updates .


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.

    • Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Bulgaria, Canada-Québec, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Spain-Navarra, Spain-Basque Country, Sweden and Turkey.
    • Organisations from countries/regions not participating in the Call can be partners of the consortium on the condition that they provide evidence of the availability of their own funds to cover their project activities.

    • 1- Please consult the Call Documents on the box on the right. All documents needed to write and compose the proposal are available on the ERA-MIN3 website and the Electronic Submission System Platform.
    • 2- Consult the National Documents available in the box on the right. Also read the specific National funding regulations of all the participating countries involved in your consortium (including your own), available in the National/regional Funding Regulations. Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.
    • 3- Access the online submission platform and proceed according to your role.
    • 4- Each Portuguese partner (or coordinator) has to send to the Call National Contact Point a two Statement of Commitment duly signed, dated and stamped by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and by the Principal Investigator, until 10 days after the proposal submission deadline. FCT may later require the original of the statement of commitment.

    • National funding commitment for the call: 500,000 Euros
    • 24-36 months project duration: maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal: 250,000 Euros
    • 24-36 months project duration: maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: 150,000 Euros
    • 12-18 months project duration: maximum requested funding: 50,000 Euros.

    • Note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a given consortium, the budget will have to be shared. Portuguese institutions must follow FCT's Legislation, Regulations and Norms. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

    • EU Cofunded Call - 2021 (closed)
    • 24 Funding Organizations from 19 participating countries and 3 regions:
    • Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Bulgaria, Canada-Québec, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Spain-Navarra, Sweden and Turkey.
    • Total Budget: 19.5 million euros
    • 22 Transnational Projects Funded
    • 5 Projects with ortuguese participation, of which 2 coordinated by Portugal


Stefano Amaral
Tel: (+351) 213 924 396

Dina Carrilho
Tel: (+351) 213 924 381

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126, 7º
1249 – 074 Lisbon
This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101003575