The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is a multi-stakeholder partnership established to create better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities, by increasing the number of mines that adopt responsible mining practices in Conflict and High Risk Areas (CAHRAs).

Three critical changes in the supply system have to be achieved to enable responsible production of minerals in CAHRAs:
1. There has to be assured demand (from downstream actors)
2. There has to be transparent a supply line from mine to smelters (midstream)
3. Mines have to be strengthened and enabled, technically and financially, to apply best practices in mining.

With projects in CAHRAs EPRM will contribute to the third point; strengthen and enable mines to apply best practices.

How to apply

How to apply & criteria
After submitting a quick scan and having received advice from EPRM, it is possible to make an application and hand in a full proposal. The programme and procedures for the first call of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) have been published in the Government Gazette and can be downloaded below.

All mandatory and explanatory documents can be found in the downloads below.

Applications for grants may be submitted till September 19, 2017, 11:00 CET

Threshold criteria
Your application must comply with a number of formal threshold criteria. Doesn't your application match? Then your application will not be processed.

Assessment criteria
Only applications meeting the threshold criteria will be assessed further according to the assessment criteria

First Tender (Closed)

The international coalition of the EPRM is developing the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) Fund to support activities within the scope of its mandate. That is, projects designed to improve conditions in and around 3TG mines and for the miners concerned in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Improving social and economic conditions for miners and their local communities is expected to weaken the link between minerals extraction and conflict. Increasing the number of mines and artisanal miners whose mining practices are responsible is the driving force. The activities supported must be aimed at improving socioeconomic conditions, for example by achieving acceptable working conditions, promoting fair remuneration, prohibiting child labour, avoiding the use of toxic substances, promoting gender balance and avoiding human rights violations.

The first round for applications for the EPRM Fund is open now.

First round

2017-07-03 until 2017-09-19, 11:00 CET(in the morning)

Deadline for quick scans

2017-09-04, 11.00 CET (in the morning)

Submit your grant applications

2017-09-19, 11:00 CET (in the morning)

The planning for the 2nd round of the EPRM will be announced later this year.

For Whom
Applicants may be companies, knowledge institutions, public or semi-public bodies, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), regardless of the country in which they are registered and, in the case of a consortium, in any combination.

Focus on mineral types
The activities for which grant funding is sought must focus on one or more of the 3TG minerals (gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten).  

Budget
An overall ceiling of €1.5 million applies to EPRM Fund grants. A grant under the EPRM Fund is intended for activities that contribute to EPRM’s objectives. The maximum grant for a project is €450,000.

Quick Scan
Applying for the EPRM starts by submitting a completed quick scan. The quick scan form can be found in the download section. After receiving an advice from EPRM/RVO.nl, it is possible to hand in a full proposal.

The quick scan is compulsory before submitting a full proposal. It allows you to pitch your project and partnership ideas in an easy and accessible way. The EPRM will give you a recommendation (positive or negative) on whether or not to develop your ideas further. It might also include recommendations on how to do this. EPRM aims to give its recommendation on the quick scan within two weeks. Formats for the quick scan downloaded, and once filled in it can be send to eprm@rvo.nl.

Official Notices
The Official Notices of the EPRM calls 2017 can be downloaded under the corresponding years listed in the menu 'Downloads & Links'.

Project implementation and administration
After approval of an EPRM proposal, the project partners start implementing the project. An administrative decision defines the results that have to be achieved by the project partners. Partners are obliged to report to the EPRM on their progress. The EPRM contribution is reimbursed in predetermined instalments. Initially, all payments are result-based payments.