EIT announces Health and Raw Materials call winners
On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, the EIT announced the winners of its call for integrated European strategic partnerships to boost innovation and tackle health and raw materials challenges in Europe. The winners of the EIT's 2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Proposals are the InnoLife consortium for health and the RawMatTERS consortium for raw materials. They bring together more than 150 partners from 20 EU Member States and are integrated partnerships of higher education, business and research, targeted towards tackling societal challenges across Europe.
RawMatTERS, the winner of EIT Raw Materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution) involves more than 100 institutions from 20 EU Member States in its consortium, including the Austrian Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Mining) and the Austrian INTECO special melting technologies GmbH as partners. Its key coordinating partner is Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf. Several other Austrian institutions are among the associated partners, such as F. J. Elsner Trading GmbH, the Geological Survey of Austria, Karl Franzens University Graz, the Technical University of Graz and the Vienna University of Technology. The Austrian partners were supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, the Province of Styria as well as Eco World Styria in their application.
The InnoLife consortium, the winner of EIT Health (healthy living and active ageing), consists of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate organisations of leading businesses, research centres and universities from 9 EU countries, among them Abbott Laboratories from Spain, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), and the University of Oxford from the UK. The key coordinating partner is Roche Diagnostics GmbH.
The EIT aims at facilitating a rapid and smooth start for the two KICs during their first year, providing each of them with a start-up grant of up to 4 million EUR. The KICs are expected to become fully operational shortly after having signed a seven-year Framework Partnership Agreement with the EIT in 2015.
The next EIT call for KIC Proposals is due to be launched in 2016, focusing on Food4Future and Added-value Manufacturing, with a further call tentatively planned for 2018 addressing Urban Mobility.
For further information:
Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Mining) press release (in German): http://www.unileoben.ac.at/de/2835/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Byear%5D=2014&tx_ttnews%5Bmonth%5D=12&tx_ttnews%5Bday%5D=10&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2270
EIT in Horizon 2020: http://era.gv.at/object/document/1237TOP