EU H2020 Projects

KU Leuven in EU projects

KU Leuven ( is the largest university in Belgium and a LERU Charter member. KU Leuven participates in > 540 EU FP7 projects, ranking 6th in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7. In H2020, KU Leuven currently has been approved 171 projects. KU Leuven has 199 FP7 and H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, of which 96 Initial/European Training Networks (status: 30-10-2016). KU Leuven is currently ranked as the number one university within the MSCA-ITN programme.

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:

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 (

KU Leuven is the lead EU partner in the US NSF-supported I/U Cooperative Centre for Resource Recovery and Recycling (

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:

Involve KU Leuven in your EU project?

As a leading partner in both EIT Raw Materials and the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO:, 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. 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.
  • Enhanced Landfill Mining (cf. ELFM and EURELCO Consortia co-led by KU Leuven: and
  • 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