Research grant

Call for proposals

Are you currently doing, or have you done, research in criticality – as a student, academic, professional or out of personal interest? IRTC is awarding research grants of 500,-€ for your research on Critical Raw Materials.

The focus of the research can be on topics such as:

• Criticality assessment
• Stocks and flows of REEs and other Critical Raw Materials
• Recovery, Urban Mining and other secondary sources of Critical Raw Materials
• Innovative approaches to reduce waste of Critical Raw Materials
• International collaboration on Critical Raw Materials

Winners will be invited to present the results of their work at the IRTC Round Table meeting at the 10th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ICISIE 2019) in Beijing on July 7, 2019. The Round table meeting is led by a panel of criticality experts from relevant universities and institutes in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. It is a great opportunity to meet and enter the discussions with the leading experts in the field!

Interested? Submit a one page proposal stating the following:

• Context of your research
• Research question • Deliverables/next steps
• Why this proposal should be supported by IRTC

Email your proposals to Layla van Ellen:

Important dates:

May 20, 2019 Deadline for proposal submission
May 30, 2019 Announcement of winners (through email)
July 7, 2019 Presentation (on site or remotely) at the IRTC Round Table meeting at the ICISIE 2019, Beijing


Congratulations to Joana Kotnis, Björn Koch and and Sebastian Tiemann!

IRTC has awarded two research grants for papers on criticality, with focus on topics such as the definition of criticality, its application and broader implications for the economy and global development, as well as technical aspects of criticality measurement.

Congratulations to Joana Kotnis (TU Delft/University of Leiden) for winning with a research project on the Recycling opportunities of Cobalt in De Hague, and Björn Koch and Sebastian Riemann (University of Oldenburg) with a proposal on Raw Materials Indices!

The winners will present their research at the Round Table in Tokyo on November 9. If you can’t attend, join remotely!