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Subsidised projects

The SOLVOMET Centre also offers a number of (subsidised) project collaboration opportunities. Here below an overview is provided of the main possibilities. To obtain more details we advise you to contact us directly.


EU R&D projects (H2020 & EIT RawMaterials)

You can also contact the SOLVOMET Centre to co-develop a EU-funded R&D project. The SOLVOMET team has an excellent track record in both Horizon 2020 (Research/Innovation Actions (IA/RIA) (for TRL 4-8) and EU MSCA-ETN projects (for TRL 3-4)) and EIT RawMaterials Network-of-Infrastructure and Upscaling projects. As regards the IA/RIA projects the main funding channel will be through Societal Challenge 5 on “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”. See here for more info. With respect to the EIT RawMaterials projects, “Networks of Infrastructure (NoI) Projects” organise structured pools of labs, modelling and pilot facilities across Europe as required to enable the research and innovation activities of the academic, research and industrial community. “Up-scaling Projects” aim at developing new technologies and at transforming them into innovative market solutions. The SOLVOMET team is currently involved in both sets of so-called KAVA projects (KIC Added Value projects).

Flemish R&D projects

Companies active in Flanders can also ask the SOLVOMET Centre to co-develop a VLAIO R&D project, which is funded for a maximum of 50% by the Flemish Government. Companies, together with SOLVOMET as a Research Partner, can apply for this funding throughout the year. The agency evaluates the applications based on multiple criteria. During these evaluations, VLAIO attaches equal value to the quality and the valorisation of the research and/or development. Ideally, these projects lead to new industrial investments. The SOLVOMET team has an excellent track record in this type of projects and can assist the less experienced companies in developing the project concept, writing a winning application and performing key tasks during the project implementation phase.

Industrial doctorates

In case your company is more interested in providing high-level PhD research training, there is also the possibility to apply for EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-EID projects (European Industrial Doctorates) or VLAIO Baekeland mandates (Flemish level). EID projects require an EU-wide consortium consisting of both companies and universities. In one EID project up to 15 PhDs can be requested. If approved, these PhDs are 100% funded through the European Commission. Each PhD student gets both an industrial and a university supervisor (e.g. SOLVOMET KU Leuven). The students are to spend at least 50% of their time at the company. On the Flemish level, companies can develop together with SOLVOMET so-called Baekeland PhD proposals, which are 50% funded by the Flemish Government. In both cases, young researchers receive excellent research training at the PhD level and are, subsequently prepared for a career at a research-intensive company.


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SOLVOMET is KU Leuven’s Centre for Solvometallurgy. SOLVOMET’s mission is to support its industrial and RTD partners in the conceptual and practical development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals, which are subsequently tested using state-of-the-art lab-scale and mini pilot-scale experimental facilities.

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