EU H2020 Projects
KU Leuven in EU projects
General KU Leuven informationKU 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.
SIM² KU Leuven in EU projectsThe 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 coordinated the recently completed project FP7 MC-ITN EREAN, H2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD & DEMETER. On-going MSCA-ETN coordinated by SIM² KU Leuven are SOCRATES, COSMIC, NEW-MINE, SULTAN and CHARMING (full list of H2020 ETN & R/IA projects: https://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 several 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 (http://wp.wpi.edu/cr3/).
SIM² KU Leuven hosts one Advanced ERC Grant (SOLCRIMET/Prof. Koen Binnemans)
On 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 several EU 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 secured funding for 8 MSCA-ETN projects in 6 years: FP7 MC-ITN EREAN H2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD, DEMETER (all recently completed)and the on-going NEW-MINE, COSMIC, SOCRATES, CHARMING and SULTAN projects.
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, NEOHIRE, CROCODILE, NEMO, TARANTULA, Sea4Value, REMOVAL, COST NORM4BUILDING.
Overview ETNs @ KU Leuven:
- Hydro- and solvometallurgy (leaching & solvent extraction, with a strong track record in rare-earth metals and cobalt, (cf. Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET))
- Pyro/plasma and electrometallurgy
- Development of innovative building materials from secondary resources (with a strong track record in inorganic polymers))
- Demanufacturing of End-of-Life complex products and licecyle engineering
- Process intensification of metallurgical processes
- Enhanced Landfill Mining (cf. ELFM and EURELCO Consortia co-led by KU Leuven: www.eurelco.org)
- Sustainability assessment of recycling processes (cf. LCA, MFA etc.)
- Risk assessment of metals in (primary) mining environments (excellent track record in cobalt and cadmium)
- Transition management, multi-actor approach to the Social License to Operate issue
- Professional communication and dissemination