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Upcoming Call for Proposals for EPRM

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Published on: 20 December 2019 | Changed on: 31 December 2019

The 3rd Call for Proposals for the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) will be launched in early 2020.

Project ideas

By the end of January 2020, the call for proposals for the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) will be opened. Project ideas for activities which improve the conditions of mine workers in and around mines in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) can be submitted by various parties looking for funding. These include companies, knowledge institutions (such as universities or research centres), public or semi-public bodies, non-governmental organisations.

EPRM objective

EPRM stimulates and increases demand for responsible 3TG minerals (tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold). It encourages suppliers to source responsible minerals so that risks can be identified and reduced. EPRM also motivates supply chain companies and other partners to encourage artisanal and small-scale mines (ASM) and local mining communities to improve their practices and produce responsibly. At the same time, EPRM creates access to markets.

Funding of projects

The projects funded by EPRM should contribute to the vision and ambitions of the programme. In other words, projects should support:

  • improved working conditions and an improved standard of living for artisanal and small scale miners in CAHRAs;
  • artisanal and small-scale mining sites in CAHRAs to produce more responsibly;
  • the trade of responsible ASM minerals sourced from CAHRAs;
  • the preparation of artisanal and small-scale miners, supply chain companies and governments of mining countries in CAHRAs for the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.

Changes compared to the previous call

  • For projects up to €340,000, 100% of eligible costs can be subsidised.
  • Partnerships that include a supply chain partner can apply for grants for up to €800,000.
  • Applications can be submitted in French, Spanish or English.

For more information about the EPRM and the upcoming call for proposals, please visit the EPRM website. If you have specific questions about the upcoming Call or want to discuss your ideas, please contact the EPRM Secretariat: eprm@rvo.nl

If you need inspiration for a project idea, please look at the projects that we have funded in previous EPRM Calls for Proposals.