Agile Exploration and Geo-modelling for European Critical Raw materials


On 01.08.2022 a new Horizon Europe project called "AGEMERA: Agile Exploration and Geo-modelling for European Critical Raw Materials" was started, financed by the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation program, grant No 101058178. It is going to contribute to the unlocking of Europe’s Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) potential by conducting state-of-the-art geological and geophysical surveys in six EU countries (Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Poland, Finland, and Germany) and one African country (Zambia). AGEMERA is a three-year research and development project that will tackle some of the critical problems of European CRM sourcing. Its main goal is to increase the geologic understanding of the studied ore districts (with different deposit types) and to improve their genetic models, including information for CRMs as either main ore or by-products. The project will also aim at enhancing public awareness of the crucial role of CRMs in both the green transition and the EU’s strategic autonomy and resilience.

AGEMERA combines the resources, expertise, innovation power, and novel technologies of 20 consortium partners from 11 countries and includes two Bulgarian partners, one academic – GI-BAS, and one from the industry – Assarel Medet JSC.

Contact persons in GI-BAS: Prof. Dr. Irena Peytcheva (; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atanas Hikov (; Assistant Prof. Dr. Elitsa Stefanova (

Period: 2022 - 2025