Fraunhofer Partners for EIT RawMaterials Projects

EIT RawMaterials is one of eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, an independent organization of the European Union (founded in 2008, head office: Budapest). The aim is to jointly drive innovation in Europe and to overcome the greatest challenges of our century. To this end, universities, research institutions and industrial partners network to form a KIC. A KIC is a long-term network in which innovative products and services are developed, start-ups are supported and a new generation of entrepreneurs is trained.

EIT RawMaterials is Europe's largest consortium with over 100 partners from over 20 countries on the subject of raw materials, sustainable raw material extraction, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution. In terms of content, EIT RawMaterials is aimed at the raw material processing and consuming industry and specifically includes the topics of primary raw materials (Mining, mineral processing, metallurgy, mining waste), secondary raw materials (circular economy, logistics, mechanical processing, metallurgy), substitution (new materials and products), increase in process and energy efficiency as well as sustainability.

Right from the start, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been a core partner in the EIT RawMaterials network and participates with 15 institutes and research institutions (Fraunhofer ICT, Fraunhofer IFAM, Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer ILT, Fraunhofer ISC, Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer ISI, Fraunhofer IST, Fraunhofer IVV, Fraunhofer IWKS, Fraunhofer IWS, Fraunhofer LBF, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Fraunhofer FIT and Fraunhofer Academy) to take an active and a central position in EIT RawMaterials. The interests and activities of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are jointly represented by Dr. Thomas Hofmann (ISC) and Dr. Andrea Gassmann (IWKS), with a joint coordination office located at the Fraunhofer IWKS in Hanau /Alzenau (Germany).

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the largest organization for applied research in Europe. With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany.