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International Call for SCO Projects 2021

Source of Funding: Space Climate Observation (SCO)

Our planet’s climate is undergoing big changes that are influencing temperatures, precipitation, winds and many other geophysical and geomorphological parameters, and the consequences of these changes are affecting all of humanity. While these phenomena have been studied for several decades by scientists, global awareness of them is recent, and the need for preparedness, mitigation and adaptation at local level is urgent. Nevertheless, we still lack tools for local decision-makers incorporating the most recent developments in data and algorithms.

Solutions

In the current phase, the main mode of SCO to address the above challenge is to provide high visibility and general support to projects led by consortia federating the scientific community, public authorities and private sector firms, which propose operational tools to local decision-makers to inform their climate change policies.
This visibility is provided by exposure on the SCO website, after recognition – which has been defined as a “SCO labeling” - that the projects meet the SCO objectives and guidelines and benefits from international cooperation and collaboration.

Under an international umbrella, the SCO is organized at the national level. For instance, SCO France is supporting the emergence of new projects and labelling them within the guidelines set out by SCO International. It is offering its expertise and network to propose operational tools for authorities and end-users. In 2020, 15 projects have been labelled for agriculture, remote-sensing epidemiology, urban climate, coastline dynamics, mangroves, floods and more.

Ambition

SCO is a unique observatory underpinned by a network of scientific and technical agencies. Although SCO is not a financing agency, its extended network allows it to help labelled projects to raise money from various climate change programmes as well as to scale it up and transfer it to other stakeholders.
Pilot SCO projects are focused on specific geographic areas, bringing together local stakeholders and decision-makers across the globe, and fostering use of global spatial and meteorological data at local scales. The SCO aims to become a major player on the world climate related applications, supporting decision making at local level.
In the next phase, due to start in about one year from now, the SCO ambition is therefore to generate projects, data, algorithms and local indicators to make all of this available to vulnerable areas through an international charter that can be activated on request.

2021 Call for projects

SCO International will be opening a new campaign of labelling projects in September 2020. You are encouraged to download the form hereafter and submit a proposal.

  • The deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 November, 2020
  • The decisions on labelling will be published by 1 February 2021

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EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator

Source of Funding: EIT

Application are now open till 15 November 2020 (23:59 CET) to be part of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme - Batch #2

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator is an EU-funded programme that takes early-stage mobility start-ups to the next level. They are looking for early-stage start-up teams with business ideas that reduce congestion and increase efficiency in the transport system. Start-ups selected to the programme will receive € 15,000 in equity-free funding, be part of a free 6-month acceleration programme with mentoring, coaching and contacts to customers and investors and enjoy free office / co-working space!

 


Horizon 2020 Award Scheme

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce the Horizon 2020 Awards. The awards will reward the Maltese beneficiaries for having participated in research and innovation projects within the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The scheme will recognise the achievements in nine different award categories, eight for legal entities and one for individual researchers. The award categories are Best Impact for Health; Security or Smart Mobility Award; The Blue Award; The Green Award; The Climate Award; Gender, Culture, Equality or Citizen Science Award; Best Innovative SME Award; Best Promotion of STEM Award; Best Technological Innovation Award and Most Active Researcher Award.

The Horizon 2020 Awards will provide the winners with visibility within the local research community and beyond. The award prize for each category is €5,000.

Maltese registered legal entities which are beneficiaries and are in the possession of a signed grant agreement with budget allocation for their Horizon 2020 project/s, are eligible to apply and participate in the scheme. For the Most Active Researcher award, the researchers should have been employed or is currently employed with a Maltese Entity which is in possession of a signed grant agreement with a budget allocation for the Horizon 2020 project/s

Applicants need to submit their completed and signed application form to MCST before the closing of Horizon 2020 Awards on the 16/11/2020 at noon, 12.00 CET.

Application form, evaluation results and/or a copy of the Grant Agreement are to be sent in digital format to email: horizonawards@gov.mt

More information and application forms can be accessed from the below link.


Fusion Technology Development Programme 2020 - Call 2

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the FUSION Technology Development Programme.

  • The call now closes Midnight of Thursday the 26th of November 2020.
  • This call provides financial support for research, development and innovation preferably within the SMART Specialisation Areas identified in Malta’s National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020. The focus is on innovative research, knowledge transfer and establishing collaborations between (1) Public Entities and (2) Industry with the intention of commercialising the technology developed.
  • Kindly note, page 2 of the application form now requests additional information regarding N.A.C.E. codes where applicable.
  • 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
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Unlocking Youth Potential

Source of Funding: EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

The Financial Mechanism Office in charge of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, has published a new call for proposals (Unlocking Youth Potential) under the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, with deadline for proposals 5 January 2021.

Kindly follow the link https://eeagrants.org/news/were-looking-best-projects-fight-youth-unemployment-europe or go directly to the webpage of the Fund https://eeagrants.org/topics-programmes/fund-youth-employment to download the call for proposals.

The Fund for Youth Employment supports projects that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in 18 beneficiary countries (the 15 beneficiary states of the EEA and Norway Grants + Ireland, Italy and Spain). Funding is made available for initiatives seeking to ensure access to employment, education or training for the following target groups:

  • Young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) who are between 25 and 29 years old and live in small towns, suburbs or in rural areas;
  • Young mothers not in employment, education or training (NEET) who are between 25 and 29 years old; and
  • Long-term unemployed people who are between 25 and 29 years old.

 

Young NEETs who are not registered with the public employment services, are low-skilled, have dropped out of school, and face multiple barriers to entering the labour market (such as poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, disability and/or poor mental health) shall enjoy the highest priority within the target groups.

 

The fund operator (Ecorys Polska/JCP) is responsible for the contact with potential applicants. Applications shall be submitted electronically via the fund operator's system. All partners are required to register before the application can be completed. See https://www.egregsystem.info/unlockingyouthpotential/.

 


Call for Ideas towards Start-Up Actions for a PlAstic fRee heAlthy MeDIterranean SEa (PARADISE Call)

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce the call for Ideas towards Start-Up Actions for a PlAstic fRee heAlthy meDIterranean SEa – PARADISE.

The call is aimed at Enabling Research in Plastics in a Circular Economy Context, it is intended to support applicant entities seeking to escalate the activities to explore new ideas, methods and innovations that can bring changes in the manufacturing/imports/distribution, consumption patterns and life cycle of plastics. This will enable the participants to generate their ideas and carry out the necessary preparatory activities that may lead to an enhanced project proposal for Horizon Europe calls based on any actions they wish to carry out locally and may include activities overseas.

Participants need to consult the Terms of Reference applicable – State Aid or Non- State Aid and are required to submit the application form and corresponding annexes.

Correctly-filled applications should be submitted by 1800hrs on 6th November 2020 to paradise.mcst@gov.mt. Late applications will not be considered.

PARADISE Call Documents (click on below link to download the respective document)

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Research Excellence Programme

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Research Excellence Programme (REP), a National Funding Programme, is supported through Malta Government funds and managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. This programme was designed in response to the need and desire for public and private entities in Malta to focus on early conceptual research endeavours through a non-thematic based, bottom-up approach. The programme is intended to fund projects which are still in the early stages of research, but which nonetheless boast a high degree of excellence as well as national and international relevance.

The programme also aims to:
• Form a more comprehensive Maltese R&I system.
• Build capacity in new, multidisciplinary areas in the Maltese R&I sector.
• Fund the initial research in products or services that could have a significant impact on industry and which could ultimately lead to new avenues for      economic growth.
• Generate knowledge and build capacity for future areas and contribute to smart specialisation strategies and policy development.
• Strengthen and contribute to existing collaborations with local and international research centres of repute.

Budget: €250,000 per year

Participation Criteria: Up to €50,000 for one Maltese Public Entity (100% funded) or one Maltese Industrial Entity (90% funded).


Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus 2020 (IPAS+) 2nd Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+). The Scheme is divided into two options. Applicants are to fill in the appropriate sections of the form; they may select either Option A or Option B, or both:

Option A: opportunities for collaborative initiatives between Maltese academic institutions, public entities, or private entities and at least one foreign research centre or academic/private entity of proven track record of excellence. Proposals should describe the nature of the joint activities that would be funded through the Award. Applicants are to demonstrate how the proposed activities contribute towards and align with achieving the goals of the National R&I Strategy 2020, and to describe the potential of any activities to become self-sustaining or generate longer-term outcomes.

Option B: opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit a Horizon 2020 (H2020)/Horizon Europe proposal as the coordinator of the consortium to engage a service provider (local or foreign) who will be supporting the applicant through proposal writing and submission.

The amount of the Award available to any one successful applicant is capped at €5000 per Option. All projects are evaluated by a selection panel set up by MCST on the basis of evaluation criteria outlined in the Call text.

Interested Applicants are to submit their application form electronically to Mr. Mark Farrugia at mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt with “IPAS+ – Application 2020” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is Friday 6th November 2020 at 11.30pm.

Rules and application form can be found on the below link:

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4th Call for Modular Projects - Restricted for Transfer and Mainstream Projects

Source of Funding:

The Interreg MED Programme is pleased to announce that the 4th call for modular projects is open from the 1st October 2020 at noon (metropolitan France local time) to the 15th of December 2020 at noon (metropolitan France local time).

This call is targeted to the programme priority axis 2, S.O.2.1. Energy efficiency in buildings and S.O.2.2. Renewable Energy and restricted to the transfer or mainstreaming of shortlisted outputs of finalised Interreg MED projects.

For a detailed description of objectives and contents of the Call, possible types of activities, partnership composition and the list of shortlisted outputs eligible to capitalise on, please refer to the relevant Terms of Reference.

INDICATIVE BUDGET

The indicative financial allocation for this call is about 4M€ (ERDF + IPA + national co-financing). The final allocation is subject to further decisions of the Interreg MED Programme Steering Committee.


Cloud Funding for Research

Source of Funding: OCRE - Open Clouds for Research Environments

OCRE launched it’s first funding call for the adoption of cloud services available through the OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements. Two subsequent calls for projects are planned to open in February and July 2021 respectively. 

Under this 1st Cloud funding call, OCRE aims to fund the consumption of infrastructure-cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, marketplace) by projects which can become clear showcases for the benefits of using cloud services to positively impact research outcomes; projects which:

  • Are a part of the European research community.
  • Clearly demonstrate how the use of commercial infrastructure cloud services can provide agility in terms of research activities; improve research or enable new research outcomes.
  • Provide significant relevance within their research discipline
  • Support the FAIR data principles and intend to share their research data with peers.
  • Are not currently using these tools extensively.
  • Aim to continue usage of commercial infrastructure cloud services in their research.
  • Can begin to use the cloud services in early 2021
  • Are executed at single institutions

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