Minerals Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA)

Stakeholder identification and appraisal of emerging information needs in the field of primary and secondary raw materials

Primary and secondary raw materials are fundamental to Europe’s economy and growth. To-date, there exists no raw materials knowledge infrastructure at EU level. The Minerals Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA) project aims to improve the provision and delivery of raw material information to stakeholders in Europe through a powerful, user-friendly online platform. To this end Fraunhofer ISI’s Competence Center Foresight leads a comprehensive analysis of stakeholder needs (Work Package 2):

  • systematic identification and classification of active, passive and emerging stakeholder groups
  • interviews and surveys for the empirical appraisal of stakeholders’ raw material information needs
  • multi-stakeholder workshop to specify core needs in detail, to validate findings and to shed light on information needs from different perspectives

The envisioned online platform will help decision makers to better navigate through the raw material domain, covering primary metallic, industrial and construction minerals and their secondary stocks in the anthroposphere. Access to raw material information (data, methods and foresight tools) is facilitated and responding to stakeholders’ information needs (e.g. how much primary copper will be needed in a circular economy?) is supported. Thus, MICA will be part of the transitional phase in building a European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMBK).

The main objectives of MICA are:

  1. Identification and definition of stakeholder groups and their raw material intelligence (RMI) requirements,
  2. Consolidation of relevant data on primary and secondary raw materials,
  3. Determination of appropriate methods and tools to satisfy stakeholder RMI requirements,
  4. Investigation of (RMI-) options for European mineral policy development,
  5. Development of the EU-Raw Materials Intelligence Capacity Platform (EU-RMICP) integrating information on data and methods/tools with user interface capable of answering stakeholder questions,
  6. Linking the derived intelligence to the European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base developed by the Minerals4EU project.

The MICA project brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts from natural and technical sciences, social sciences including political sciences, and information science and technology to ensure that raw material intelligence is collected, collated, stored and made accessible in the most useful way corresponding to stakeholder needs. Furthermore, the MICA project integrates a group of 15 European geological surveys that contribute to the work program as third parties.


12/2015 − 12/2018


    European Commission (DG Research & Innovation)


  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland GEUS, Denmark
  • Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
  • Natural Environment Research Council BGS, United Kingdom
  • Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
  • Günter Tiess MINPOL, Austria
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières BRGM, France
  • EuroGeoSurveys EGS, Belgium
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe BGR, Germany
  • Geologian Tutkimuskeskus GTK, Finland
  • Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble 1, France
  • La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL, Spain
  • Fédération Européenne des Géologues EFG, France
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Norway
  • University College London, United Kingdom
  • Geoloski Zavod Slovenije GeoZS, Slovenia
  • JRC –Joint Research Centre – European Commission