Eramet Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023

Deadline: 13th of September, 2023

Applications are encouraged from startups and SMEs with creative water management solutions.

The Eramet Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023 has been introduced by Eramet in partnership with EIT RawMaterials as part of its dedication to sustainable and ethical mining operations. Although it is scarce and of poor quality, water is an essential resource in the mining and metals manufacturing industries. Water is used in the mining sector for a number of activities, including mineral processing, dust suppression, transporting and storing slurry, and extraction procedures. According to OECD 2012, by 2050, global water consumption is expected to rise by 55% as the water crisis caused by climate change gets worse.

The Eramet Water Resource Innovation Challenge is about taking action to tackle the water challenges. In fact, Eramet has made water conservation one of the objectives of its 2018-2023 CSR roadmap – and will very soon make it a major priority in its new roadmap. This innovation challenge aims to accelerate change within the mining and metals industry to minimize its environmental impact while also ensuring access to valuable resources. It calls for breakthrough solutions that will help create a better future for all.

Focus Area:

  • Water Use:

Control and management of water consumption, water reuse, water recovery from high salinity streams, predictive water management, leakage detection

  • Water Quality:

Monitoring water quality at mining sites, drinking water supply, reduce waste water, improve sedimentation.

  • Environment:

Revegetation in water-stress areas, rehabilitation and restoration of waterways.


  • FUNDING: Win a 50,000 € prize to test and deploy your solution or product.
  • VISIBILITY: Showcase your solution to Eramet leaders and gain recognition.
  • CONNECTIONS: Receive technical and business support by industry experts.

Get your chance to secure 50,000€ funding to work together with Eramet on the next steps such as a Proof of Concept.


They welcome applicants that are:

  • Companies, start-ups or SMEs, composed of a team of at least 2 people
  • Providing a solution with an advanced technological maturity, at least level 5 on the TRL scale (technology readiness level). The proposed solutions should be scalable, technically feasible, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable.
  • Addressing one of the key challenges and applications of Eramet’s mining and metals business.


To apply for the Eramet Water Resource Innovation Challenge, start-ups should submit a proposal on the application portal that includes:

  • A description of the proposed solution and its potential impact: Technical excellence and development stage
  • Innovation, competitive advantage and technical feasibility of the solution
  • The team’s qualifications and experience
  • The proposed timeline and budget for developing and testing the solution

Participation is free of charge.

Click here to apply

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