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Bulgaria's Mariya Gabriel picked to run Horizon Europe

Uploaded On: 12/09/2019

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The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, nominated Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel to take charge of research, innovation and education, but has scotched research from the name of the brief for the first time, relabelling it the ‘Innovation and Youth’ portfolio.

 

While it won’t be in the job title, Gabriel will take over management of the €94.1 billion Horizon Europe, the EU’s largest ever research programme. Assuming the European Parliament approves the appointment, she will move over from her current post as European commissioner for digital economy and society, to take over from the outgoing Carlos Moedas on November 1.  Click on below link to read more.

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Horizon Europe – the next EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027)

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European Startup Monitor Survey 2019

Uploaded On: 21/08/2019

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In view of the 2019 European Startup Monitor of which, is a project that involves extensive quantitative and qualitative research, administering a pan-European Startup survey, organising interviews with founders, corporates and policy-makers and providing forward-looking policy recommendations to the European Commission. At the core of this research project, is the 2019’s European Startup Monitor Survey whereby Startup founders all across Europe are invited to submit their insights in a ten minute online questionnaire. 

Time for completion: approx. 10 minutes. Start survey by accessing the below link:

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European Space Agency Traineeship Scheme 2019 - 2ND CALL

Uploaded On: 20/08/2019

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), would like to announce that it is receiving applications for ESA traineeship placements for Maltese graduates.  This scheme offers Maltese graduates the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience at an ESA establishment in specific space-related research.

The scheme in brief:

  • 3 Opportunities: Space debris research supporting space safety (ESOC), Geohazard Applications (ESRIN), Maritime and Coastal Applications (ESRIN)
  • Duration of Traineeship: 12 months full-time
  • Start Date: between 1st October 2019 and 1st December 2019
  • Location: Within an ESA establishment
  • Funding: monthly subsistence of Euro2050 / month, for twelve months
  • Application Deadline: 10th September 2019, close of business

More information on the specific opportunities, including traineeship thematic areas and eligibility criteria are accessibe through the below link:

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Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth - Trieste, Italy

Uploaded On: 19/08/2019

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The Master is open to candidates from all Countries with priority for those coming from Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.

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Part-time, three short sessions of 15 days each will be held in Trieste in March, June and September 2020. There will be the possibility of a traineeship at the end of the program.

Duration
One year, starting January 2020 to May 2021

Language
English

 

Fields of studies of participants
Oceanography (physics, chemistry and biology), marine biology, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, environmental engineering, ecological modelling, climate study, coastal zone management, environmental economy and related fields.

For further information on how to apply, please visit the below link.

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Malta gets the chance to name a planet

Uploaded On: 19/08/2019

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Malta has the opportunity to choose the official name of a distant planet as part of a global initiative by international astronomers.
 
The NameExoWorlds project, celebrating 100 years since the founding of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), gives each country the chance to name an exoplanet, that is one outside the solar system, and the star it orbits.

The planet Malta will get to name is a gas giant known as HAT-P-34 b, located around 838 lightyears away in the constellation Sagitta. Discovered in 2011, it is slightly larger than Jupiter and around seven times its mass. 

The name - which can be in Maltese or English - will be chosen from nominations by the public and after a public vote, with the process coordinated by a national committee made up of astronomers and academics. 

There are some rules, however.

The IAU has said the proposed names should be “of things, people, or places of long-standing cultural, historical, or geographical significance, worthy of being assigned to a celestial object.”

Moreover, the names cannot refer to “individuals, places or events principally known for political, military or religious activities”, living individuals or those who died less than a century ago. 

The names also cannot be made-up, or refer to organisations and commercial enterprises. 

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Calling Europe’s innovation leaders to join the EIT Governing Board

Uploaded On: 14/08/2019

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EIT has just launched a call for expressions of interest for the selection of up to eight new members of its Governing Board. The EIT is looking for innovation leaders who have experience with fostering cooperation at the European or global level as well as with mobilising public, private or philanthropic resources. The call will remain open until midnight (CET), 21 October 2019.

You can find more information about the call in the below link.

 To secure as many high-calibre candidates as possible, we would like to kindly ask you to disseminate this across your networks and spread the word about the call.

 Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on the dedicated functional mailbox: eit-applications-gb@eit.europa.eu.

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RDA EU Early Career Researchers and Expert travel grants for the 14th RDA Plenary

Uploaded On: 07/08/2019

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RDA Europe is offering financial support to nine Early Career Researchers and seven European Experts working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, in Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 October 2019. 

To find out more about the requirements, selection process and financial contributions please visit: 

Early Careers Researchers Open Call https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-for-early-careers-rda-14th-plenary

Expert Open Call  https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-experts-rda-14th-plenary 

The submission deadline for both Open Calls is the 16th of August, 17:00 CEST.

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Call for laboratories to participate in proficiency tests on microplastics in drinking water and sediments

Uploaded On: 07/08/2019

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As a first step, the JRC, in collaboration with the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) will organise proficiency tests on specific microplastics (food grade polyethylene terephthalate) in water (bottled water, drinking water) and polyethylene in sediments.

The proficiency tests will be organised in autumn 2019.

All interested expert laboratories are kindly invited to express their interest for participating until 1 September 2019 via the following email address:

JRC contact: jrc-microplastics@ec.europa.eu

Interested laboratories will receive further information about the details of the PT including the official invitation by 15 September 2019.

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Last chance for seed funding under SME Instrument Phase 1

Uploaded On: 07/08/2019

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Are you a startup or innovator with a brilliant idea? The SME Instrument Phase 1 Horizon 2020 provides funding support for innovation projects that will help them develop and expand into other countries – in Europe and beyond. The €50k funding provides support in testing your innovation through feasibility assessment and business plan design. Last chance to apply for this funding - deadline on the 5th of September 2019! 

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2020 EURIPIDES² / PENTA Synchronised Call preparations

Uploaded On: 23/07/2019

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The 2020 EURIPIDES² / PENTA Synchronised Call will be launched on 20 November 2019 at EFECS 2019 in the Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, stimulating innovative projects along the entire Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) value chain.

This is a unique opportunity to submit your project pitches and posters for EFECS 2019 before 1 November 2019 and find new partners for your project via the ECS Collaboration Tool

Updated in January 2019, the Electronic Components and Systems Strategic Research Agenda (ECS-SRA) outlines the common framework for Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) along the ECS value chain and drives the focus areas of the 2020 EURIPIDES²/PENTA Synchronised Call as highlighted below - submit your project pitches and posters for EFECS 2019 by 1 November 2019 If your project idea follows one of these key areas (see attachment below).

Malta contact point: Malta Enterprise, please call on tel. 2247 7624 for further information.

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Eurostars Project

Uploaded On: 23/07/2019

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If you are a small company in need of public funding for your innovative idea, participation in a Eurostars project can bring you a passport to growth, further innovation, an opening to new global markets and even greater business success.

Eurostars is the only European funding programme to be specifically dedicated to support R&D-performing SMEs in their innovative R&D projects. With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised. A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Eurostars online system is now open and organisations are invited to register and start filling in their online application form, save drafts, upload annexes and check their eligibility and financial viability using the designated tools.

Currently the “Submit Project” button is blocked however in the meantime, it is already possible to work on the application form given that all functionalities (except submit) are enabled.  

For further details, check out the below link. 

Malta contact point: Malta Enterprise, please call on tel. 2247 7624 for further information.

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39 PhD fellowships on Quantum Science and Technologies

Uploaded On: 22/07/2019

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EU-funded PhD programme QUSTEC on quantum science and technologies: apply before August 19 to get a fully funded PhD position in France, Germany or Switzerland!

QUSTEC is a doctoral training programme set up by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Eucor – The European Campus. The programme offers 39 early stage researcher (ESR) positions and outstanding training opportunities within the field of Quantum Science and Technology, in a highly international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral setting. The ESR positions each last 48 months and culminate in the award of a doctoral degree.

The doctoral research will be carried out at one of the following institutions:

QUSTEC aims to address some of the grand challenges in Quantum Science today: The principles of quantum mechanics, which govern physics, chemistry, material science and computing at the atomic scale have already led to a wave of new technologies. In new applications, quantum technologies provide a massive leap that can be a decisive factor for many European industries and markets in the 21st century.

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Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing - Work Programme 2018-2020

Uploaded On: 15/07/2019

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The last update of the Work Programme now contains all the topics that have to be submitted in 2020, published on 3rd July 2019. 

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JRC Malta Young Scientist Award

Uploaded On: 11/07/2019

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the JRC Malta Young Scientist Award. The aim of this Award is to showcase the efforts of Maltese young scientists to the JRC.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service which provides independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety.
JRC Awards will be selected by MCST through a two-phase process. A number of young scientists from Malta will be selected for the Award. They will visit the JRC (most likely the Seville site) for 2-3 days. Envisaged timeframe is autumn 2019. The JRC Award will cover the costs for the flight and accommodation for the respective visit. The event programme will include;

  • A general overview of JRC as the science and knowledge service of the European Commission,
  • Presentation of the visitor’s projects to JRC Seville scientists,
  • “Shadowing” of JRC scientists according to the individual fields of interest.

Interested Applicants are to submit their application documents electronically to jrc.mcst@gov.mt keeping melchior.cini@gov.mt in copy, with “JRC Malta Young Scientist Award” as a subject heading. Applications should be received by not later than midnight on Friday 13th September 2019. All submissions should be initialised or stamped on each page of the application form and a full signature by the applicant and head of entity on page 5 of the application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only one application per scientist may be submitted and will be evaluated by MCST.
More information on this opportunity, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.

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SESAR - Calling young scientists: Applications Open for SESAR Young Scientist Award 2019

Uploaded On: 27/06/2019

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The SESAR Young Scientist Award aims to recognise young scientists with high potential contributing to the scientific research in the field of air traffic management and aviation. The award also provides a mechanism for further personal development through a financial contribution of 5000 EUR, as well as opportunities to further profile and disseminate their research.

For more information on the competition process please do not hesitate to contact George Bugeja – Transport NCP on george.b.bugeja@gov.mt

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Call for Space Startups

Uploaded On: 27/06/2019

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Space Academies are two-day events for European ​space-tech entrepreneurs to accelerate their business Prominent experts will cover topics such as:

  • Investment readiness,
  • Crowdfunding,
  • Hot trends in artificial intelligence and robotics,
  • Business models, European funding for young SMEs,
  • ​European Space ecosystem

The second Space Academy will be held in Bremen:

  • on 18th November 2019 in the BITZ, Fahrenheitstr.1, and
  • on 19th November 2019 back to back to the Space Tech Expo , Exhibition Halls 4&5, Buergerweide, which continues until 21st November  

Register now to the Space Tech Expo, it is free and a requisite to participate at the Space Academy

More information can be found on the below link or contact Mr Steven Frigerio, Space NCP, Horizon 2020 Unit, MCST (steven.frigerio@gov.mt)

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Peer Review of the Maltese Research and Innovation system

Uploaded On: 25/06/2019

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In 2018, the Malta Council for Science and Technology embarked on a peer review of the national R&I system with the support of the European Commission's Policy Support Facility under Horizon 2020. The objective of the Peer Review of the Maltese Research and Innovation (R&I) System was to provide recommendations to inform the design of the next National R&I Strategy Plan 2020. The review assessed to what extent Malta has adequate and appropriate policies, structures, resources, measures and instruments in place to achieve the country's goals.

This peer review was launched in July 2018 and  the Peer Review Panel carried out two fact-finding visits to Malta in October 2018 and January 2019.

In June 2019  the Panel finalised their Report and the final PSF Report is now available on the EU PSF site, link here below:

Should you wish to clarify any aspects or send feedback, please contact Jennifer Cassingena Harper on email:  jennifer.harper@gov.mt

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Traineeships at the European Space Agency - An Opportunity for Maltese Graduates

Uploaded On: 20/06/2019

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2019 Call Open!

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), would like to announce that it is receiving applications for two ESA traineeship placements for Maltese graduates.This scheme offers Maltese graduates the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience at an ESA establishment in specific space-related research.

The scheme in brief:

  • Duration of Traineeship: 12 months full-time
  • Start Date: between 1st September 2019 and 1st December 2019
  • Location: Within an ESA establishment 
  • Funding: monthly subsistence of €2050 / month, for twelve months 
  • Application Deadline: 7th August 2019, close of business

More information on the specific opportunities, including traineeship thematic areas and eligibility criteria are accessible thourgh the below link.

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ReNature Interdisciplinary Summer School

Uploaded On: 19/06/2019

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The ReNature Interdisciplinary Summer School aims to provide participants with an understanding of the features and potential of nature-based solutions in the context of a holistic approach towards landscape sustainability.  All participants will have the chance to interact and share experiences and activiites with international experts.

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Foundation invests €2.5m in cancer research

Uploaded On: 11/06/2019

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Successful research depends not on the size of the country, but the professional expertise of the people located there, according to the founder of an organisation that has just invested €2.5 million in cancer research equipment in Malta.

The equipment includes a number of cutting-edge devices that allow for highly accurate, in-depth examinations that range from analysis of DNA fragments, to the capture of tumour cells circulating in the blood and the identification of cancer bio-markers.

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Eureka Global Innovation Summit

Uploaded On: 27/05/2019

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MCST participated for the first time at the Eureka Global Innovation Summit held in Manchester, UK between 14-16 May 2019. This event which is an international meeting place for businesses and innovation agencies to share knowledge, network, collaborate and secure future business growth opportunities attracted around 2000 attendees and stakeholders from 60+ countries and was an opportunity for MCST to further develop and enhance its collaborative links abroad.

Malta’s participation was coordinated by Malta Enterprise, with the aim of raising the country’s R&D and innovation profile on a global level, thereby facilitating better partnership opportunities for local entities and businesses interested in carrying out collaborative R&D and innovation projects with international partners.

The event also included a 3-day conference programme consisting of over 50 inspiring sessions with more than 140 speakers, as well as a wide range of interactive sessions with the EUREKA Clusters, practical workshops, and various matchmaking and networking opportunities.

The information provided offered insights into the various initiatives and projects undertaken by Maltese researches and businesses, as well as the innovation support available through Malta Enterprise and the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST). It also touched on the R&D and innovation-related work at the Malta Life Sciences Park, Trade Malta, and the University of Malta.

In parallel and as part of the policy makers working programme, the representatives from Malta Enterprise and MCST took part in the Innovation Funders meeting, which brought together top level attendees involved in innovation support from over 30 countries, the EUREKA network and the European Commission.

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Utrecht Network Summer School - Challenges in Data Science, Valencia, Spain

Uploaded On: 15/05/2019

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The University of Valencia will be hosting its 2nd Summer School 'Challenges in data science: big data, artificial intelligence and communications'.

This Summer School faces the present data driven revolution with a view to understanding its scope. The aim is to provide students with advanced knowledge in the exponential increase in data management and applications: big data, cloud computing, text mining, gamification, artificial intelligence, smart cities.

1 – 5 July 2019

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Summer school: Understanding marine hydrogeology through the lens of geophysics

Uploaded On: 15/05/2019

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Applications are now being accepted for the SMART Summer School 'Understanding marine hydrogeology through the lens of geophysics: Bridging the gap across the coastal zone' to be held at the University of Malta from 30 June to 5 July 2019.
 
The school is jointly organised by GEOMAR and the University of Malta through the SMARTMARCAN projects.
 
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Call for applications: 8th annual Science in the House Exhibition

Uploaded On: 15/05/2019

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Scientists from all research disciplines and sectors are invited for participation in the 8th annual Science in the House exhibition. Science in the House is the official opening event of the prestigious science festival Science in the City, European Researchers’ Night. The exhibition is scheduled for the morning of Thursday 26 September. The format is a media forum showcasing the latest exciting scientific research at the University of Malta, and elsewhere in Malta, for discussion with Members of Parliament.

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EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development - Warsaw, Poland

Uploaded On: 15/05/2019

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EIT offers a theoretical and paractical knowledge on NPD gathered by experts from many different countries and backgrounds.  Five days of intensive lectures, interactive workshops, project assignments and computer-based simulations, prepared jointly by partners from academia and industry, can become an important milestone for you to take your NPD skills to the next level.

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Research on medication wastage: scientific output and outreach

Uploaded On: 13/05/2019

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Over the past three years, Dr Lorna Marie West, a Reach High post-doctoral scholar with the Medicines Use Research Group, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has conducted a considerable amount of research on medication wastage. Following on her initial doctoral work, she studied the topic from a variety of perspectives, contributing not only to scientific knowledge but also providing information which may be used for policy and planning purposes, both at a national and international level. Dr West has established herself as an expert in this field and contributed to the Department and the University, becoming a hub of expertise in relation to medication wastage. (continue reading on link below)

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Vulcanus in Europe - Host a Japanese Intern in R&D

Uploaded On: 17/04/2019

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'Vulcanus in Europe' offers EU based companies the possibility to host a Japanese trainee in R&D for 8 months (from August to March). A valuable addition to their workforce and a positive input in the development of their business with Japan.

For the trainees, this is the experience of a lifetime: A full immersion in the European business culture and the opportunity to acquire a know-how in view of a future career in relation with Europe.

Structure of the programme

The programme takes place in Europe, where students stay for one year, from April to March. The Vulcanus year is structured in the following way:

  • Early April:  students attend a seminar in Brussels on European culture, industry and the EU;
  • From April to July:  students attends a 15-week intensive language course, to gain a working knowledge of the language spoken in their future host company;
  • From August 2019 to March 2020: students do a 8-month placement  at an industrial company located in the EU.
  • Deadline to apply: 23 September 2019

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EU reaches agreement on single-use plastic ban

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A plan to ban single-use plastic products such as disposable plates and straws has been agreed. 

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The Future of Research and Innovation – Post-2020

Uploaded On: 15/03/2019

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MCST champions the National Research and Innovation Strategy, and the current strategy takes us till 2020. We are therefore working on a new strategy for post-2020 and we are currently in the consultation phase. MCST relies on its stakeholders to contribute and design a bottom-up strategy that takes into account the needs of academia, business, government and civil society.

The objective of this survey is to collect your opinion and suggesions on Malta's future in research and innovation. MCST would like to understand what Malta should be focusing on, and whether we should look at new and upcoming areas that through investment in research and innovation, can provide a better quality of life, a stronger economy and knowledge-intensive jobs.  We want to understand Malta's challenges and opportunities and receive input on ideas and priority areas for a new strategy post-2020.

Have your say and contribute to the ongoing consultation porcess by filling in the below survey. It will only take a few minutes.

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Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

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Prize value: €5 million

The challenge is to develop innovative and more cost-effective solutions to be used in a humanitarian aid context,based on frugal application of advanced technologies.

2020 first quarter – deadline to submit applications

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Innovative Batteries for eVehicles

Uploaded On: 07/09/2018

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Prize value: €10 million

The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable innovative battery solution for electric vehicles using sustainable low cost materials easily available in Europe.

23 February 2019 – deadline for registration of interest
17 December 2020 – deadline to submit applications

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Early Warning for Epidemics

Uploaded On: 07/09/2018

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Prize value: €5 million

The challenge is to develop a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system to forecast, monitor and ultimately prevent outbreaks of one or more vector-borne diseases.

1 September 2020 – deadline to submit applications

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Blockchains for Social Good

Uploaded On: 07/09/2018

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Prize value: €5 million

The challenge is to use Distributed Ledger Technology, such as the one used in blockchain, to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact solutions to social challenges.

2 April 2019 – deadline for registration of interest

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Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis

Uploaded On: 07/09/2018

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Prize value: €5 million

The challenge is to build a functional prototype of an artificial photosynthesis-based system which is able to produce a useable synthetic fuel.

2021 first quarter – deadline to submit applications

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Horizon Prize - Low-Cost Space Launch

Uploaded On: 06/09/2018

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Prize value: €10 million

The challenge is to develop a solution for launching small satellites into Low Earth Orbit, to allow dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit. The solution must be European and technologically non-dependent.

1 June 2021 – deadline to submit applications

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Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation framework programme

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The Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe

The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

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Area Science Park marks 40th anniversary with renewed commitment to high-tech innovation

Uploaded On: 29/08/2018

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AREA Science Park, a leading Italian Scientific and Technology Innovation centre, marked its 40th anniversary as a successful example of public-private partnership and announced plans to further expand its genetic research activities and forge new partnerships with domestic and international investors.

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Horizon Prize - Cleanest Engine of the Future Challenge

Uploaded On: 21/08/2018

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The purpose of this prize is to stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. This should reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible in order to improve air quality issues in European cities, while at the same time delivering better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions under the same realistic test conditions.

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Horizon Prize - Low Carbon Hospital Challenge

Uploaded On: 21/08/2018

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Horizon prize for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation in a hospital using 100% renewable energy sources will reward a hospital that has an innovative and perfectly integrated combined CHP installation within its premises. This installation has to use at least three different European renewable energy technologies, include energy storage component(s) and be able to provide 100% of the hospital's annual needs for energy consumption. In this context any renewable energy source is allowed.

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Horizon Prize - C02 Reuse Challenge

Uploaded On: 21/08/2018

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Horizon prize CO2 reuse will reward innovative products utilising CO2that could significantly reduce the atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed on a commercial scale. The prize will induce actors in this field to do more to improve their processes and products in order to reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2. Moreover, the prize aims to mobilise and enhance private R&I investment, attract non-traditional players, create new partnerships and incentivise researchers and innovators to enhance efforts to abate emissions of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere.

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Horizon Prize - Improved Mobility for Older People Challenge

Uploaded On: 21/08/2018

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The European Commission's Horizon Prize for Social Innovation will reward the best solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people: €1 000 000 will be awarded to the best solution and the four runner-up prizes will receive €250 000 each. The prize was launched during the “Opening up to an era of social innovation” conference in Lisbon on 27 November 2017. Submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2019 and the prize will be awarded in the second or third quarter of 2019.

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Space Research Fund

Uploaded On: 10/05/2018

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the Space Research Fund 2018. The call closes at close of business hours on Monday 2nd July 2018.

The Space Research Fund shall provide financial support for research, development and innovation in the downstream Satellite Earth Observation (EO) sector, specifically projects that deal with the processing and exploitation of data collected through EO satellites. The call is open to all Maltese Legal Entities.

More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below. Further information can be obtained by email on space.mcst@gov.mt

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Blockchain Technical Research

Uploaded On: 10/05/2018

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The Blockchain Research Group, at the University of Malta, organized a one-day technical blockchain research seminar on 27 April 2018. The event was hosted by MITA, highlighting the ongoing industry-academic synergy in the blockchain space.

The main topics of the technical research seminar were; using the blockchain for the Internet of Things, verifying the correctness of smart contracts, discovering vulnerabilities (and error recovery) in smart contracts, automated generation of plain English descriptions from smart contracts, building query languages to interact with the blockchain, and decentralized AI using the blockchain.

The well-attended event gave an overview of current and prospective blockchain research projects from various faculties/departments including the department of Computer Science,  the department of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, and the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking. The interdisciplinary nature of this research was evident to all present at the workshop. This event was also an excellent opportunity for a number of Ph.D. students to showcase their ongoing research.

For more information, and future events, please visit the https://blockchain.research.um.edu.mt/ or contact us on: blockchain.research@um.edu.mt

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The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award Supporting innovative entrepreneurs and researchers

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For the 5th year running, the TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award (TOSFA) will support researchers and entrepreneurs with their innovative technologies and business concepts. A total of €100,000 will be awarded through a competitive process whereby the best written applications are shortlisted for a live pitch in front of a panel of judges, with the top applicants receiving funding.

The Ministry for The Economy, Investment and Small Business (MEIB) and the University of Malta have launched the 2018 edition of TOSFA, with the support of the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), TAKEOFF Business Incubator, and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI).

Entrepreneurs and start-ups working on ideas for innovative products and services are encouraged to apply for up to €20,000 in Seed funds, intended to take them a step closer to their first customer or investment. Researchers working on innovations developed through University R&D may apply for Proof of Concept funds to take their technology closer to commercialisation. Award winners will also receive mentoring and support for their endeavours through TAKEOFF and the Knowledge Transfer Office.

Workshops to explain the application process and provide the skills and tools necessary to create a competitive proposal will be held on the 2nd May for University researchers (Proof of Concept funds) and the 5th May for entrepreneurs (Seed funds).  For the first time since the Award’s inception, these workshops are mandatory for all interested applicants, and the final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend the respective TOSFA workshop.

The deadline for submission of written applications for TOSFA is Friday 18th May at noon.

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First Maltese led COST funded action among 40 brand new COST Actions starting in 2018

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It has just been announced that CA17115 MyWAVE European network for advancing ElectroMagnetic hyperthermic medical technologies is the first Maltese led COST action proposal to be funded by the COST Association. The co-ordinator isDr Lourdes Farrugia from the Electromagnetics Research Group led by Prof Charles Sammut  in the Department of Physics ,  Faculty of Science. The proposal was submitted in collaboration with Dr Emily Porter (NUI-Galway).

This COST action is among 40 new COST actions to be just announced. COST is an EU funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions.

COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research from humanities to basic sciences. It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities. COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short term scientific missions, training schools and publications.  It leads to excellent contacts and can also lead to preparation for future grant proposals.It is also particularly suitable for early stage researchers as well. Nomination process is all handled on a national level with minimal administration involved. In total six of the 40 new COST actions already include researchers from Malta.

The new COST actions can be found on http://www.cost.eu/media/newsroom/39-new-actions-2018

Other ongoing COST actions can also be searched if key words are put in the search facility found on http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/all_actions

If you wish more information please contact the Malta COST national contact point,  Prof Janet Mifsud on janet.mifsud@um.edu.mt or Dr. Melchior Cini on melchior.cini@gov.mt  

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Summer School on Sustainble Blue Growth in the Euro/Mediterranean Region 2018

Uploaded On: 02/04/2018

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The 5+5 Dialogue are pleased to forward you the communication of the Advanced Training - Summer School on Sustainble Blue Growth in the Euro/Mediterranean Region 2018 within the framework of the action A10 “Capacity Building” lead by Italy - OGS.

The dates and the venue are the following ones:

Online training: 11-15 June 2018

Classroom face-to-face (FTF): 18-27 June 2018

  • 18-22 June at EMUNI, Piran (Slovenia)
  • 25-27 at OGS, Trieste (Italy)

Application deadline: April 9th, 2018

Registration form: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/summerschool/application-form-2018

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Exploring relations between Citizen Science and Open Science

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Citizen Science & Open Science - Policy Brief is out!

Citizen Science (CS) and Open Science (OS) are among the most discussed topics in current research and innovation policy, and are becoming increasingly related. This policy brief aims at informing decision makers who have adopted Citizen Science or Open Science on the synergies between these approaches and the benefits of considering them together.

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Public Consultation on EU funds in the Area of Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market

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This is your chance to have a say on what the EU should be funding. Take part in the survey before 8 March 2018!

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€5 million Launch of the PRIMA Programme

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Official €5 million Launch of the PRIMA Programme. The aim of the programme is to build research and innovation capacities as well as develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for water management and agro-food systems in the Mediterranean region, to make them more climate resilient, efficient, cost effective and sustainable and to contribute to an upstream solution of water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health and wellbeing. For further information visit www.prima-med.org or email prima.mcst@gov.mt

Calls are now open.

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Career-FIT is a Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme - Ireland

Uploaded On: 23/02/2018

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Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3 year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

The second CAREER-FIT call is now open and has an application deadline of 30th April 2018. Download attachement below.

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STARS: SupercompuTing And Related applicationS Fellows Programme

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12 Postdoctoral Positions are available now, until next April, 30th.

STARS programme aims at fostering the training of highly skilled post-doc in all fields of High Performance Computing and related applications.

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The PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) Calls for Proposals are now Open!

Uploaded On: 09/02/2018

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The PRIMA Programme aims to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream.

The Calls for proposals are divided into 2 sections: Section 1 Calls will be funded by PRIMA whilst Section 2 Calls will be funded by the National Funding Bodies.

The 2018 PRIMA Work Plan and all the necessary guidance documents can be found in the Calls for Proposals Section of the PRIMA website - http://prima-med.org/

Additionally, please find attached the detailed version of the National Rules for Participation (which apply for Section 2 Calls)

For further information, please contact Ms Corinne Muscat Terribile – corinne.muscat-terribile@gov.mt / +356 23602152

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Guest Student Programme on Scientific Computing - Germany

Uploaded On: 07/02/2018

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Join our scientists for a 10 week programme and get in touch with cutting-edge research on world-leading supercomputers in the fields of

• Computational Science • Programming Models • GPU-Computing • Neuroscience • High-Performance Computing • Applied Mathematics

The programme will run from 6 August to 12 October 2018. The students will be able to use the supercomputers at JSC, including the Blue Gene/Q installation. They should naturally be familiar with computer-oriented areas of their subjects. The programme will be held in English, applications should be submitted in English or German through 25 March 2018.

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Oxfam NGO looking for consortia on Migration topics

Uploaded On: 05/02/2018

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Experienced NGO Oxfam is seeking a consortium on the call of Migration under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 programme. Oxfam is an international NGO with more than 70 years of experience, working in 90 countries to end poverty. Oxfam is a global confederation with relevant added value to the consortia related to Horizon 2020 and similar calls: the power to mobilize civil society networks, a high management capacity and EU expertise, multiple partners in Europe and in other regions and the capacity to bring insights on how to put theory into practice. Oxfam Intermon is the Spanish affiliate and is exploring potential partnerships in the specific call on Migration. See attached for further information.

Contact: Maria Bardolet Dilme (mbardolet@OxfamIntermon.org); Cristina Fernandez-Duran (cristina.fernandezd@oxfam.org). 

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Maltese Researchers Collaborate in Ocean Governance for Sustainability

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Between 15-17 November 2017 the COST action in Ocean Governance for Sustainability: Challenges, Options and the Role of Science E-COST CA15217 organised an international symposium in La Laguna University, Tenerife Spain. 
 
The meeting consisted of plenary sessions, working group sessions and a management committee meeting (MCM). Ongoing research in the field was presented during the plenary sessions as well as during the working group sessions, and these stimulated a lot of interesting discussion and concrete actions for future collaborative work. The two MC members from Malta are Dr Charles Galdies from the Institute of Earth Systems (University of Malta) and Dr Alicia Said from the Institute of Applied Sciences (Malta Centre for Arts, Science and Technology). 
 
This E-COST network aims to establish an integrative vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This COST Action has established synergistic issue-driven working groups to look at Europe’s position and role in global ocean governance. Its network creates a distinct multi-scalar and cross-sectoral platform for institutional partners across academia, policymaking and civil society, presenting inclusive spaces for transdisciplinary dialogue, capacity development and the advancement of practical toolkits that attend to science-policy gaps inherent within integrated ocean and coastal governance. 
 
The action is being led by four working groups focussing on Land-Sea Interaction, Area-based Management, Seabed Resource Management, Nutrition Security and Food Systems, Ocean Climate and Acidification, and Fisheries Governance. Several short-term scientific missions and research papers are being planned and supported by these working groups. 
 
E-COST CA15217 has its own news portal: www.oceangov.eu/news.
 
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Ministerial Conference

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MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING EURO-MEDITERRANEAN COOPERATION THROUGH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

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FiDaCaMS - Fisheries Data Capture and Management System

Uploaded On: 14/12/2017

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The project was designed with a clear focus to develop an innovative system that enables fishermen to collect accurate and reliable fisheries and environmental related data in an automated and highly efficient form and rendering it availabile through an online platform in multiple formals across diverse media, thus facilitating the industry in conforming to the EU regulations and National Governments.

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FLASC PLACES 2ND IN THE INNOENERGY POWERUP! COMPETITION

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The FLASC team went up against 11 of the best energy start-ups from the central and eastern European regions at the PowerUp! Grand Final in Budapest. Each team had already won their respective regional final, so competition was though. They pitched their idea for 4 minutes to a panel of judges, comprising CEOs, VCs and portfolio managers. The judges then had to rank the start-ups based on how likely they were to invest.   Following a pitch delivered by Dr Daniel Buhagiar on behalf of the FLASC team, FLASC placed 2nd, right behind the home team. This is a very encouraging result for the team considering the competition started with 158 contenders from 24 EU countries. Beyond the cash prize of €10,000, the event was a great opportunity to network with potential customers and prospective investors. Further information about the event may be found in : http://powerup.innoenergy.com/en/page/grand-final-en   FLASC is an offshore energy storage technology currently under development  by the University of Malta  with the financial support of the Malta Council for Science and Technology using the FUSION Programme. Medserv plc is an industrial partner in this project. Financial support is also being provided by the University of Malta Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) and Malta Marittima. FLASC uses pressurised seawater and compressed air to store energy from offshore renewable resources. It is best suited for floating systems since it integrates directly into the platform itself. Potential applications include floating wind, solar PV, wave and tidal energy systems, along with liquefaction of natural gas, water injection in oil wells and desalination. A small-scale prototype was recently deployed in the Dock 1 area of Bormla with the technical and logistical support of Medserv plc. The University research team includes Prof. Tonio Sant from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Robert Farrugia from the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Post Doctoral Researchers Dr Daniel Farrugia and Dr Federica Strati, MSc student Luke Aquilina and engineering graduate Mr Daniel Farrugia.   Further information may be found in the project website: www.offshoreenergystorage.com   

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COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Uploaded On: 06/07/2017

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COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu, is an EU-funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions. COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research from humanities to basic sciences. It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities.

COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short-term scientific missions, training schools and publications. It leads to excellent contacts and can also lead to preparation for future grant proposals eg as in H2020.

New COST actions have just been approved and can be downloaded from http://www.mcst.gov.mt/NewsPage.aspx?q=462

If you wish more information please contact the Malta COST national contact point, Prof Janet Mifsud on janet.mifsud@um.edu.mt or Dr Melchior Cini on melchior.cini@gov.mt

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The MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF)

Uploaded On: 06/07/2017

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The MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) call for proposals is open until 14th September 2017. The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter- sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

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