Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities (Romulus), funding €7 million, funding period: 1 Jan 2022-31 Dec 2025

Projects belonging to the Romulus Academy programme are listed below. You find more information about the funding decisions on our WebFocus page.

Towards urban symbiosis of critical raw materials: collaborative value creation models in circular ecosystems (UrbanSymbiosis)

  • Project description (pdf)
  • Katri Valkokari, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • Anna Aminoff, Hanken School of Economics 
  • David Lazarevic, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE


Multi-level governance of critical materials for future electric mobility (GoverMat)

  • Project description (pdf)
  • Marja Elina Huttunen-Saarivirta, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • Ari Jokilaakso, Aalto University
  • Ulla Lassi, University of Oulu
  • Rauno Sairinen, University of Eastern Finland


Municipal solid waste incineration residues as secondary resource for metal recovery and construction materials


Viable magnesium ecosystem: exploiting Mg from magnesium silicates with carbon capture and utilization (MAGNEX)

  • Project description (pdf)
  • Päivö Kinnunen, University of Oulu
  • Erkki Levänen, Tampere University
  • Ron Zevenhoven, Åbo Akademi University


Ecodesign of solar technologies for urban environment (ECOSOL)

  • Project description (pdf)
  • Kati Miettunen, University of Turku
  • Pekka Heikkinen, Aalto University
  • Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Aalto University


FUSUMIN - Focused Ultrasound for Urban Mining


SmartCycling. Optimising the circular economy of batteries with artificial intelligence aided designs


Governing Transition to a Circular City: Engaging public and private stakeholders in the circular economy


M-ERA.NET 3, funding period 1 Sep. 2022 – 31 Aug. 2025, Academy of Finland funding €1.25 million and EU funding €0.7 million.

M-ERA.NET is a strong European network of public funding organisations supporting and increasing coordination and convergence of national and regional funding programmes on research and innovation related to materials and battery technologies to support the European Green Deal.


Nanocarbon materials for sustainable battery technology (NACAB)


Gradient- and multi-material processing of next-generation solid-state-lithium-batteries using direct material processing


Gallium Oxide Fabrication with Ion Beams


Bio-sourced alternatives for lithium-silicon anodes


Bio-inspired interfaces for the development of next generation degradable multi-phase materials

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