EIT selects new strategic partnerships: raw materials centre to be set up in Finland

16 December 2014

On 9 December 2014, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced the two winning proposals for new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials. EIT Raw Materials will set up six so-called Co-location Centres, one of which in Espoo, Finland, on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University.

The EIT Raw Materials consortium brings together 120 universities, research institutes and businesses. The Finnish partners are Aalto University, FIMECC Ltd, the Geological Survey of Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Metso Minerals Ltd, Outotec Plc, Spinverse Ltd, the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The other five Co-location Centres will be set up in Sweden, Belgium, Poland, France and Italy. The German research laboratory Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf will serve as the key coordinating partner for the consortium.

The EIT Raw Materials partnership aims to promote the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector. One way to do this is to focus on sustainable growth and job creation by boosting start-ups, SMEs and education.

“Finland’s involvement in the partnership opens up important new avenues for international collaboration. The partnership will be very beneficial for Finnish education in the field of engineering,” said Marja Makarow, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland. Makarow is a member of the EIT Governing Board.

Initially, EIT Raw Materials will focus on raw materials for information technology, transport, energy and the manufacturing industry. The consortium’s operations will include mineral prospecting, extractive industry, metal processing, recycling and substitution of rare or hazardous materials.

The EIT is an independent EU body set up in 2008. It brings together leading universities, research labs and companies to form Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. The first three KICs on climate change, ICT and sustainable energy were launched in 2010. One of the seven nodes of EIT ICT Labs is located in Otaniemi, Finland.

The EIT’s funding through Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, amounts to 2.7 billion euros. When up and running, each KIC has an annual budget of up to 100 million euros. In addition, KICs are expected to gather three times as much in external funding from other public and private sources.

The EIT’s next KIC call has been scheduled for 2016 under the themes Food4Future and Added-value Manufacturing.

More information:

  • Vice President for Research Marja Makarow, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 002, firstname.lastname(at)

Ari Turunen
Director of Communications
Academy of Finland
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