Calls for project proposals

The first call closed on 5 May, 17:00 CEST.

MINE.THE.GAP provides direct financial support to SMEs through innovation vouchers. These vouchers are dedicated to strategic plan preparation, validation of ideas and proof of concept/demonstrations activities to innovate the mining and raw material value chain. They will be distributed through two open calls during the MINE.THE.GAP project lifetime. The results of the first open call will be communicated at the beginning of July 2021. A second call is envisioned for 2022.

VOUCHER MINE-PoC

The voucher “MINE-PoC” aims to fund projects for the design and implementation of a prototype/proof-of-concept to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed solution. This voucher has to address at least one of the top 10 challenges and needs of the raw materials and mining value chain (see Guide for Applicants or the MINE.THE.GAP Objectives) while focusing on at least one of the “Key Actions” to be funded.

What´s in it for the SMEs? These are the quick facts:

  • Achievable funding per SME: 25,000 EUR
  • Expected TRLs for projects funded under this call: TRL 6-7
  • Type of financial support: lump sum
  • Project duration: 9 months
  • Project start: 1 September 2021

Application was open from 3 March until 5 May, 17:00 CEST.

VOUCHER MINE-Demo

The voucher “MINE-Demo” will fund projects for developing and testing in a production environment of a simple functional demo/pilot with all the major features of the product/service/solution. This voucher has to address at least one of the top 10 challenges and needs of the raw materials and mining value chain (see Guide for Applicants or the MINE.THE.GAP Objectives) while focusing on at least one of the “Key Actions” to be funded.

What´s in it for the SMEs? These are the quick facts:

  • Achievable funding per SME: 50,000 EUR
  • Expected TRLs for projects funded under this call: TRL 7-8
  • Type of financial support: lump sum
  • Project duration: 12 months
  • Project start: 1 September 2021

Application was open from 3 March until 5 May 2021. 17:00 CEST.

International Info Day on 11 March 2021

The MINE.THE.GAP consortium hosted an international Info Day on 11 March,  13:00 – 15:00 CET, to present the MINE.THE.GAP project and the first open call. All interested companies and institutions in Europe were invited to participate. Have a look at the presentations shown during the Info Day:

Santiago Cuesta López, ICAMCyL: MINE.THE.GAP Info Day Presentation Open Call
Antonio Novo Guerrero, IDiA: MINE.THE.GAP Info Day Innosup and ECCP

Who can apply for funding?

MINE.THE.GAP will fund collaborative activities between two or three for-profit and/or public SMEs that work in the raw materials and mining sector, ICT, Advanced Manufacturing, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy. They need to come from one of the MINE.THE.GAP consortium countries or from a country of the Mining Industry Smart Specialisation Platform, which are: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden. Each interested SME can apply with one or several projects in one or more calls in accordance with its needs. The maximum funding amount per SME under MINE.THE.GAP is altogether 60,000 EUR.

The following combinations of SMEs for the collaborative activities can be possible:

The proposed solutions under the projects can be for any part of the raw materials and mining value chain.