Aim is to connect stakeholders of the Nordic mining and mineral sector
• The network should work as a platform for existing and future Nordic cooperation in
the mining and mineral sector.
• Research, Innovation and Education are the core elements of NordMin
• Work program and Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda adopted in 2013
• Funded by Nordic Council of Ministers for four years (2013-2016), 30 milj Dkr
• Maintain and increase the activities over time by leverage.
Core actions
The NordMin knowledge network on sustainable non-energy raw materials
will have a number of core actions:
1. Workshops as a stakeholder forum and for identifying key challenges
and joint collaborative leverage projects within the defined themes
2. A Post graduate program with joint Nordic courses on relevant themes
3. Preparatory projects based on outcomes from workshops
4. Research and Innovation program
Advisory Board
Review Board
National Contact Persons
National Industry Representatives
Nordisk Innovation, NordForsk,
Network manager
Project manager
Ad hoc working
Main research and innovation challenges
• Improve exploration and mining technologies that are necessary to satisfy the growing
worldwide demand. World class discoveries are made less often and research into exploitation
of deep deposits as well as development of knowledge of unconventional resources is
• Improved resource and energy efficiency in any process along the value chain ("make more
out of less").
• Improve the best available technology and improve reduction of the environmental footprint
along the value chain
• Ensure that, in harmony with stakeholders and the society at large, the flow of minerals and
metals needed by the society is ensured and that this is done within a sustainable framework.
• Ensure the highest-quality training of future generations, which will have to deal with the
multi-faceted raw material issues. Training of professionals is also necessary to disseminate
state-of-the-art knowledge and good practices in the fast evolving field of research on nonenergy raw materials.
Public policy support and mineral intelligence
• Corporate social responsibility issues
• The social license to operate
• Relations with nearby community and indigenous people
• Innovation and entrepreneurial aspects
• A platform for exchange of experience on Nordic countries’ mineral strategies as
well as other policy areas that affect the mining and mineral industry.
• A platform for exchange of national authorities’ lessons learned of working with
the extracting industry.
• A dialogue on the future challenges of the mining and mineral industry
• Mining and gender
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT1: Exploration
CT2: Mining
CT3: Mineral processing
CT4: Metallurgy
CT5: Mine closure and rehabilitation
CT6: Social sustainable, acceptable and attractive
mining industry and regions
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT1: Exploration
RDI topics
• Minerals system mapping; 2/3/4D modelling, ore deposit
models, spatial data mining
• In-situ chemical, petrophysical and mineralogical analysis in drill
• Development of techniques integrated drilling, geological and
geophysical techniques for assessment of hidden mineral
resources, deep, sea floor
• Assessment of far-field geochemical characteristics of mineral
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT2: Mining
RDI topics
• Eco-efficient onshore and offshore mining
• Eco-efficient technology for mine development
• Logistics concepts adapted to upcoming new
mining environments (e.g. going deeper)
• Integrated processes, system approach
• Innovative waste management
• Safe and attractive workplaces
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT3: Mineral processing
RDI topics
• Energy efficiency in mineral processing
• Recovery of fine particles
• Resource efficiency in mineral processing
• Sustainable water usage in mineral processing
• Biotechnological processing
• Geometallurgy, should be a horizontal issue, should cover the value chain
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT4: Metallurgy
RDI topics
• Processing of low grade and complex materials in the most efficient and
sustainable way
• Treatment of metallurgical by-products and waste with a maximum
recovery of bulk and accompanying minor metals
• New technologies for recovery of accompanying and critical metals for
better utilisation of natural resources
• Design of large integrated multi-technology products and processes by
flexible and concurrent design methodologies and tools as well as
modelling and simulation
• Tackle the recurrent existing metallurgical challenges focusing on
sustainable and technological overlaps in the field which include recovery
energy from slags, neutralization of iron in hydrometallurgy, liquid solid
separation, elimination of metals in effluents.
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT5: Mine closure and rehabilitation
RDI topics
• Waste management
• Drainage and mine water treatment
• New technologies for rehabilitation of mines
and tailings
• Long term monitoring system
Core themes in the strategic research and innovation agenda:
CT6: Social sustainable, acceptable and attractive mining industry and regions
RDI Topics
• Indigenous people and mining
• Multiple and successive land use and rural economic development in an
attractive mining environment
• Land use conflict
• Changing gender patterns
• Secure, safe, innovative and attractive workplaces in the mining sector
• Formal and informal institutions and government culture
• Social license to operate and initiatives related to Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR)
Call for proposals, timetable:
• NordMin Call opens 18 October 2013
• Applications should be submitted before 13 December 2013.
• Applications are reviewed by the International Review Group until 31
January 2014
• Mid of February 2014, final decision is made the Steering Committee based
on the recommendation from the International Review board.
• End of March 2014, signing of contracts
• 1 April 2014, projects start working
• Deadline 13 December, at 17.00 CET to [email protected]
• Application forms available on NordMin website:
• All fields of the project description are filled in and their respective length does
not exceed a maximum of 10 pages, excluding the annexes
• Each proposal must involve organizations from a minimum of three Nordic
countries including Greenland. Cooperation between two or more regions of one
single country is not considered to be transnational
• The coordinator of the consortium applying for funding must be established in
one Nordic country
• Applicants coming from non Nordic countries can be part of the project
consortia, on the condition that they make proof of covering their own costs by
providing a signed declaration
• The project duration shall not exceed 30 months
• The total NordMin budget for individual project proposals is restricted to
maximum 5 MDKr.
• Involvement of at least one Nordic industry organization in terms of a private
company or an industry association representing private companies
• The industrial funding at a minimum level of 20%, but 50% is to be aimed for, by
cash or in-kind.
• NordMin contribution to total project cost can be maximum 70%.
• The contribution of one country should not exceed 70% of total project cost
The evaluation procedures are designed to identify the best proposals in terms of
scientific excellence, innovation potential, judged impact on promoting
competitiveness in the Nordic mining- and mineral sector and Nordic cooperation
and added value.
The evaluation of the scientific content is made by an international review panel.
Nordic added value is evaluated by the steering committee. Final decision will be
made by the steering committee.
There will be a peer review evaluation process by the international panel of experts
3 independent reviewers for the same proposal, out of which one is appointed as
the rapporteur and consolidates the evaluation report on behalf of all the
evaluators of that respective proposal
Overall rating 12.5 - 15 (“A”): Very favourable recommendation for funding
Overall rating 10 - 12 (“B”): Can be funded
Overall rating 0 - 9.5 (“C”): Not favourable for funding.
Evaluation criterion
Is the proposal within the scope of the call? (yes/no question)
If the proposal was considered not to be within the scope of the call, an explanation of why the proposal is out of scope will be
required from the evaluators, to be provided as feedback to the applicant. If considered outside the scope of the Call, the proposal
will not be further evaluated.
The same rating (0) will be awarded if the proposal does not contain sufficient information to enable a proper assessment of the
criteria 1, 2 and 3.
Scientific and/or technological excellence
Soundness of concept and quality of the objectives
Progress beyond the current state of the art
Quality of the S/T methodology
Inter- or transdisciplinary character
Quality and effectiveness of management and implementation
Soundness of management structures and procedures
Effectiveness of the associated work plan
Quality and relevant experience of the individual participants
Quality of the consortium as a whole (including complementarity, balance)
Appropriateness of the allocation and justification of the resources to be committed (staff, equipment)
Potential impact of the project regarding innovation potential and in promoting competitiveness in the Nordic mining- and
mineral sector and contribution to Sustainability
Addressing industrially relevant aspects of the mining- and minerals value chain
Appropriateness of measures for the implementation of results in industrial processes
Nordic dimension of the research and the proposed solutions, necessity for transnational approach
The Steering committee will evaluate:
Added Value on the Nordic countries
Strengthening the Competitiveness of Nordic Mining industry
Level of Cooperation among the Nordic countries
Gender aspects (NordMin strives for gender equality and encourage applicants of both sexes to apply. A good balance in any
proposal is a merit)
10.00 - 10.15
Information about NordMin
Sabine Mayer
NordMin Project Manager
10.15 - 11.00
Information about the Call
questions and answers
Sabine Mayer
NordMin Project Manager
11.00 -12.00
11.00 - 11.30
questions and
answers "………………………"
questions and answers
11.30 - 11.45
Eyþór Rafn Þórhallsson
"Basalt Fibers - Advanced Materials for
Various Applications"
and answers
11.45 -12.00
"Active and fossil geothermal systems Exploration for epithermal deposits"
questions and answers
12.00 - 13.00
Lunch buffet
13.00 - 14.00
13.00 - 13.15
Gunilla Bertilsson
"Development of Treatments for Gemstone Söderström
Material from Scandinavia"
questions and answers
13.15 - 13.30
and answers
13.30 - 13.45
13.45 - 14.00
14.00 - 15.00
Questions and networking
Margareta Wahlström
Dr. Hjalti Franzson
Antti Häkkinen
Senior Research Scientist, M.Sc.
VTT, Waste Technology and Recycling
Associate Professor
School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University
Chief geologist
Division of Geology and Environmental Science, Iceland GeoSurvey
Professor (Solid/Liquid Separation
Technology) LUT Chemistry
LUT Chemistry
Lappeenranta University of Technology

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