EU H2020 Projects

KU Leuven in EU projects

KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 455.1 million in 2015), and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 12th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university.

Leuven participates in over 540 highly competitive European research projects (FP7, 2007-2013), ranking sixth in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7. In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven currently has been approved more than 210 projects. KU Leuven takes up the 9th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants (as first legal signatories of the grant agreement). To date, the 93 ERC Grantees (including affiliates with VIB and IMEC) in our midst confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground (48 Starting Grants) and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. The success in the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. In our 199 Actions, of which 96 Initial/European Training Networks, hundreds of young researchers have been trained through research and have acquired the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia.

The KU Leuven success in the MSCA-ITN programme is to be partially explained by the extended range of projects won by the interdisciplinary SIM² KU Leuven cluster. SIM² KU Leuven currently coordinates FP7 MC-ITN EREAN, H2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD, DEMETER, SOCRATES, COSMIC and NEW-MINE (full list of H2020 ETN & R/IA projects: http://kuleuven.sim2.be/sim%c2%b2-projects/eu-level/).

SIM² KU Leuven hosts the Belgian-German-Dutch colocation centre for the prestigious EIT RawMaterials and coordinates 8 KAVA Training, Upscaling and Network-of-Infrastructure projects (http://kuleuven.sim2.be/sim%c2%b2-ku-leuven-wins-8-new-eit-rawmaterials-projects/).

KU Leuven is the lead EU partner in the US NSF-supported I/U Cooperative Centre for Resource Recovery and Recycling (http://wp.wpi.edu/cr3/).

SIM² KU Leuven hosts one Advanced ERC Grant (SOLCRIMET/Prof. Koen Binnemans)

66cb60fea78a30aa72d4a448c3f54665On the 16th of March 2016 the European Research Council (ERC) formally approved the Advanced Grant proposal of Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM² KU Leuven & RARE³ KU Leuven). SOLCRIMET’s aim is to successfully apply a ground-breaking metallurgical approach – solvometallurgy – to the extraction of specific critical metals, i.e. rare earths, tantalum, niobium, cobalt, indium, gallium, germanium and antimony, which are key enablers of the required transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. The approach involves the discovery of non-aqueous solvent pairs that are immiscible and allow the extraction of metal complexes at moderate temperatures, leading to high-purity recycled metals.

SIM² KU Leuven coordinates six EU FP7/H2020 Marie-Curie Training Networks and participates in regular EU projects

SIM² KU Leuven has made the strategic choice to coordinate MSCA-ETN projects. It has won six MSCA-ETN projects in 4 years: FP7 MC-ITN EREAN, H2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD, DEMETER, NEW-MINE, COSMIC and SOCRATES. Concurrently, SIM² KU Leuven is also a key partner in regular Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Actions (IAs and RIAs) and COST Actions. Examples are EU FP7 EURARE; EU H2020 REMAGHIC, METGROW+, PLATIRUS and NEOHIRE; COST NORM4BUILDING.

Full overview of all ETNs at KU Leuven: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/research/EU/p/horizon2020/es/msca/itn/index

Involve KU Leuven in your EU project?

As a leading partner in both EIT Raw Materials and the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO: www.eurelco.org), SIM² KU Leuven has key assets to participate in EU projects. These flagship domains are:
  • Solvo- and ionometallurgy (for critical metal recycling, with a strong track record in rare-earth metals, (cf. http://www.kuleuven.rare3.eu/ and Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET)
  • Pyro/plasma-, electro- and hydrometallurgy
  • Development of innovative building materials from secondary resources (with a strong track record in inorganic polymers) (cf. http://www.mtm.kuleuven.be/Onderzoek/srebmat/Index))
  • Enhanced Landfill Mining (cf. ELFM and EURELCO Consortia co-led by KU Leuven: http://elfm.eu/ and www.eurelco.org)
  • Sustainability assessment of recycling processes (cf. LCA, MFA etc.)

To involve SIM² KU Leuven in one of your project proposals, contact:

Dr. Peter Tom Jones
Dr. Peter Tom JonesCoordinator SIM² KU Leuven
IRF Research Manager KU Leuven
+32 486 83 64 94