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Vectors to Accessible Critical Raw Material Resources in Sedimentary Basins

Objective

The EU imports 80% of its industrial raw materials making European supply chains highly vulnerable to disruption and threatening the EU's ability to manufacture raw material-intensive technologies, such as electric cars, wind turbines, and ICT hardware, that are essential to the green and digital transformations. Europe possesses significant mineral potential but development is limited by the lack of sustainable, low-impact exploration methods and by social opposition to mineral projects. With VECTOR we will generate new knowledge to overcome these technical and social barriers, unlocking Europe's raw material potential and improving the resilience of EU raw materials supply chains. Overcoming issues will require major changes of the business models in the extractives industry and to integrate a more human-centred approach. The VECTOR project is based on the premise that a prerequisite to any sustainable human activity is to minimize the environmental and social costs and include all the stakeholders in the decision making processes around this.
VECTOR's overall objective is to deliver evidence-based and accessible knowledge that integrates the scientific and social pathways to successful mineral exploration and mining.
The first pillar of our approach is a geological prospectivity toolkit based on an entirely new workflow using machine learning-based integration of less invasive geological, geochemical and geophysical measurements. The workflow will be validated in three European sedimentary basins and will be transferable worldwide.
The second pillar is a social acceptance procedure that identifies, for the first time, the values that the European public invokes when deciding about mineral development. This will result in a Social Acceptance index and a new body of knowledge that reflects diverse values-based perspectives.
The third pillar is an integrated toolkit consisting of a unique, distributed, multimodal, self-learning, and interactive platform that will consider both geological exploration potential and socio-economic factors to yield a data-driven, quantitative and integrative assessment of regions more suitable for exploration and, eventually, mining. The results will be freely available via an engaging, web-based interface designed to support evidence-based decision making and the UNFC and UNRMS.

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 589 347,11
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Germany

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (11)

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 145 532,60
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

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Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 308 727,50
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 411 000,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TERRANIGMA SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 921 172,50
Address
Lauretiusstrasse 59
52072 Aachen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ASISTENCIAS TECNICAS CLAVE SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 88 950,00
Address
Calle Progreso, Num 5
41013 Seville

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KSL KUPFERSCHIEFER LAUSITZ GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 10 000,00
Address
Forster Landstr 5-7
03130 Spremberg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Spree-Neiße
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 10 000,00
Address
Ul M Sklodowskiej Curie 48
59301 Lubin

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Region
Dolnośląskie Legnicko-głogowski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GROUP ELEVEN MINING & EXPLORATION LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 10 000,00
Address
Ballypreacus Bunclody
Y21 PC43 Wexford

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Region
Ireland Southern South-East
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EIT RAW MATERIALS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 62 000,00
Address
Europaplatz 2
10557 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RIO SAVA EXPLORATION DOO BEOGRAD
Serbia
Net EU contribution
€ 10 000,00
Address
Boulevard Milutina Milankovica 1i
11070 Belgrade

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Region
Србија - север Београдски регион Београдска област
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FOUNDATION INSTITULE FOR THE STUDYOF CHANGE
Bulgaria
Net EU contribution
€ 39 950,00
Address
Bul Vitosha 25 Fl 3
1000 Sofia

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Region
Югозападна и Южна централна България Югозападен София (столица)
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00