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Building Engines of Innovation: New EIT Call Launched to Boost Innovation in Higher Education

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce the EIT HEI Initiative’s new call for proposals supporting up to 40 consortia of higher education institutions (HEIs) and non-academic organisations with a maximum of EUR 1.2 million each. With the support of the EIT Community, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, HEIs will design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity at all levels becoming engines of innovation.

The EIT HEI pilot initiative builds on the success of its first call launched earlier this year which saw close to 750 organisations from across Europe apply for support. As a result, the pilot awarded 24 projects involving 142 HEIs and 155 non-academic organisations (companies, research centres, public authorities and associations) a total of EUR 28.8 million of funding, mentorship, and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem.

For the new call for proposals, up to 40 projects will be selected and awarded a maximum of EUR 1.2 million with up to EUR 300 000 for Phase 1 (July−December 2022) and up to EUR 900 000 for Phase 2 (January 2023 - July 2024). Activities can focus on several themes, including:

  • fostering institutional engagement and change;
  • strengthening partnerships between higher education, business and research organisations;
  • developing innovation and business support services;
  • enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education;
  • creating and disseminating knowledge.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 28 February 2022.

Full details and access to the application portal can be found at eit-hei.eu.

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TRANSVAC - European Vaccine Research Infrastructure - Call for Services

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What types of application is TRANSVAC looking for?

TRANSVAC seeks to support vaccine-related projects currently in the preclinical phase of development. 

TRANSVAC’s goal is to further support and accelerate vaccine-related projects by providing access to the services and expertise contained within the TRANSVAC Infrastructure. Most technologies and experience are thereby free of charge. All Intellectual Property generated by the project will remain the ownership of the User, unless indicated otherwise prior to starting work within TRANSVAC. Under the EC rules, the User must be able to make the work performed within TRANSVAC public.

These services are not restricted to any disease area and will be offered free of charge, with few exceptions. Researchers working on vaccine candidates and/or adjuvants at different stages of development in academia, research institutes, SMEs and industry can submit an application. Click link below to read further.

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EUSPA launches Horizon Europe call to transform the digital economy

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EUSPA has recently launched the Horizon Europe Call. With a budget of 32.6 million EUR, it aims at developing applications to transform the digital economy and boost the EU Green Deal.

Horizon Europe is the EU funding mechanism to strengthen research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies to tackle global challenges such as climate change. EUSPA will manage this instrument to foster the creation of downstream applications that leverage data from the EU Space Programme, specially Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus.

The call is focused on three areas:

  • EGNSS and Copernicus applications fostering the EU Green Deal
  • EGNSS applications for safety and crisis management
  • EGNSS applications for the digital age

The deadline for the applications is 16th of February 2022.

Here you will find the press release in English. It is also available in all EU Languages here.

Should you have any questions, please, contact com@euspa.europa.eu.

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Microbiological Hazards Associated with the Use of Water in the Post-Harvest Handling and Processing Operations of Fresh and Frozen Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (ffFVHs)

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The main objective of this procurement procedure is to gain insights on the characteristics of the water and practices followed by the industry to maintain water quality used during the post-harvest handling and processing operations for fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs (ffFVHs).

Tender Specifications

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ERC Support Scheme – 2nd Call

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology is receiving proposals under the ERC Support Scheme. The Scheme aims to strengthen the opportunities for talented researchers to obtain grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for excellent and ground-breaking research based on researchers’ own ideas within all areas of research. The Scheme is divided into two options:

i) Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice.

ii) Option B: Proposal writing trainings.

The objective of this activity is to raise the capabilities of potential ERC candidates to prepare successful ERC grant applications through attending ERC proposal writing trainings (online or physical).

The call will be open until 12.00 CET (noon) of Thursday, 18th November 2021.

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Technology Development Programme LITE 2021 Call (TDP LITE)

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

  • The call closes on the 1st of November 2021 at 23:59pm.
  • 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 with high commercial Impact.

More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the link below.

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INTERNATIONALISATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS SCHEME PLUS 2021 (IPAS+) CALL 2

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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 entities and at least one foreign 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, 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 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. Some exceptions regarding the financial capping for Option B can be found in the rules for participation. 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 2021” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is Friday 29th October 2021 at 11.30pm.

The application must be dated and signed by the applicant and the legal representative. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

An online info session with more details on the IPAS+ call will be held on Monday 27th September 2021 at 10.00am. To register for this info session kindly press here.

Additional information can be found in the below link. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 23602178 or 23602000.

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Maritime Seed Award 2021 (MarSA)

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The Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) is a joint initiative between Transport Malta and the University of Malta supported by the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, Knowledge Transfer Office and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta.

The sixth call of this programme aims to help move promising ideas from the Maritime Field forward toward commercialization. To date, twenty-seven projects have received funding through prior programmes. Award funding totalling to €100,000 will help to bring the innovative early-stage idea/technology from lab to life and provides support to researchers and entrepreneurs when they need it most to increase the likelihood of success.

The Maritime Seed Award will fund two types of initiatives: University of Malta academic staff may apply for ‘proof of concept’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised; whereas entrepreneurs from within or outside the University may apply for ‘seed’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment.

Potential applicants for the Seed Fund must attend the scheduled online workshop session hosted by TAKEOFF, while Proof of Concept Fund applicants must attend the workshop being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Office. The workshops will provide an overview for creating a competitive proposal. The final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend their respective workshops. This will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Should applicants be unable to attend either workshop, alternative meetings must be held directly with the Knowledge Transfer Office for POC or TAKEOFF for SF. Both workshops will be held online and the workshop link will only be sent to those who register beforehand. To register for the event, please click here

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EOSC Future - 1st RDA Open Call

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As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data cescription
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like:

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

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EIC Support Scheme

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Support Scheme. The scheme is intended to support single companies classified as SME[1] (including Start-Ups) established in Malta, for both the short stage application and full stage application of the European Innovation Council Accelerator programme.

The applicants may select either to apply for Option A and/or B (which covers the short stage application), or Option C (which covers the full stage application) depending on the stage of their EIC application and/or project.

Short Stage Application Support

Option A – Business Coaching: Applicants may apply for a grant to recruit a business coach matching the specific industry and market context. The coach should challenge assumptions and consider new options in a learning-and-solving manner.
A maximum grant amount of €5,000 may be requested by the applicant to cover the fees of the business coach service provider.

Option B – Pitch Coach: Applicants may apply for a grant to recruit a pitch coach in preparation for the short and/or full application stage. Coaching provides applicants with the opportunity to further their communication skills, as well as develop the capacity to share the right information, engage the audience and pitch to potential investors.
A maximum grant amount of €2,000 may be requested by the applicant to cover the fees of the pitch coach service provider.

Full Stage Application Support

Option C – EIC Consultant & Proposal Writer: Applicants can engage a consultant or firm to improve opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit an EIC Accelerator proposal and who will be supporting the applicant through proposal writing and submission. The consultant engaged for EIC Accelerator proposal will focus on factors that will increase chances of winning, supporting the preparation of all the paperwork that goes with the proposal.

A maximum grant request of €10,000 may be provided to reimburse the costs related to engage the service provider.

The scheme is open as from 2 August 2021 and interested applicants should apply with the application forms found hereunder. Applicants need to submit their completed and signed application form to MCST at any time, the received applications will be checked and prepared for evaluation at each end of the month.

Application forms are to be sent in digital format to email: eicscheme.mcst@gov.mt

For application forms and deadline please download the attachments form the below link:

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