NIO participates in a number of international research projects regarding modern exploration techniques. The projects are sponsored by the EU program Horizon 2020.
Nordic Iron Ore is a partner in the Smart Exploration project, an EU-funded collaboration between universities and companies from eleven countries. An important goal for Smart Exploration is to develop environmentally-friendly methods of geophysical exploration and has conducted several evaluations at Ludvika Mines using prototype equipment producing more accurate measurements primarily in the fields of seismology and electromagnetics.
Smart Exploration, published reports