Calls for Funding



Call for entrepreneurs developing solutions to tackle Water Scarcity in Southern Europe

Source of Funding: EIT

The EIT Innovation Communities work together considering water scarcity as a thematic field from agrifood to manufacturing.

The main objective of the programme is to ease the transition to a water saving economy across Southern Europe and to contribute, in the long run, to reduce Europe’s water consumption, wastage and pollution. This is achieved by targeting different stakeholders, from policy makers to business, industry leaders and citizens through different actions.

The EIT – through the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) – is launching this call forstartups, scaleups and SMEs with the target of supporting innovators to reach the market with innovative solutions tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe.

This call is framed within in InnoWise Scale activities, the entrepreneurs support branch of the Water Scarcity project. The InnoWise Scale activities have been designed to enable agile water management in different sectors, optimise and match water supply and demand, and foster climate change readiness while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in the Mediterranean region, namely Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta Portugal and Spain.

Forty applications will be selected to participate in the InnoWise Scale activities, which includes:

  • Market-oriented trainings and 3-months mentoring period,
  • Networking sessions with potential end-users
  • Sectoral competitions, with the possibility to implement a demo site at the end of the period with potential end-users based in Southern European countries.

The InnoWise Scale activities provide a unique opportunity, tailored to the real needs of specific sectors (through problem holders’ participation). These market-oriented activities are intended to foster the market launch of advanced water-related technologies.

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Source of Funding: M-ERA.NET

The M-ERA.NET Call 2022 was launched on 15 March 2022. More than 30 funding agencies participate with a total budget of approximately 25 million €.

Call Schedule:

  • The Pre-Proposal Deadline is 15 June 2022, 12:00 noon, Brussels time.
  • The Full-Proposal Deadline is 17 November 2022, 12:00 noon, Brussels time

The aim is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for energy generating and storing elements. M-ERA.NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D to energy-related applications where applicable.

The Call 2022 includes the following thematic areas:

  • Materials for energy
  • Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
  • High performance composites
  • Functional materials
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies for health applications
  • Materials for electronics

To view the list of participating countries/regions and download call documents please visit the below link.

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The European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital)

Source of Funding: EIC - European Innovation Council

The European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital) is an annual recognition prize awarded to the European cities that best promote innovation in their communities.

Cities are faced with some of the most severe societal and sustainability challenges but do also have the means to overcome them by developing and applying effective innovative solutions.

They are the place where ideas, people, public and private actors meet and engage among themselves to improve the life quality of the society. They are the natural playground where breakthrough innovation flourishes as cities provide ground to experiment with new technologies and products in a real environment.

In particular, the eighth edition recognises the cities’ contribution to developing local innovation ecosystems for the benefit of game-changing innovation and the wellbeing of the public.

Any city can apply to only one of the two categories as long as it:

  • has at least 50 000 inhabitants (please see further details and exceptions in the Rules of contest)
  • is located in an EU Member State or an Associated Country to Horizon European Commission

Visit the below link to view all criteria for application.

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Europe's Rail Joint Undertaking Competition - Call for Proposals

Source of Funding: European Union

The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has just launched its first competition. The call for proposals, comprising of six Topics with a combined budget of €234m, has been published on the EU’s funding and tender opportunities portal. The closing date for submissions is 23rd June and there is an online Information Day being held on 16th March.

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COST Open Call 2022

Source of Funding: COST

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The Open Call Action proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure is fully science and technology-driven and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive proposal evaluation and selection process, reflecting the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST.

Participants planning to submit a proposal for a COST Action will need to refer to the SESA guidelines and to the Open Call Announcement on the Documents and Guidelines page.


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IPAS+ 2022 Call 1

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 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 €6000 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 with “IPAS+ – Application 2022” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is Friday 22nd April 2022 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 Thursday 17th March 2022 at 10.00am. To register for this info session kindly press here.

Access the below link to download all application forms.

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SHAREMED Transnational On-Demand Access 2nd Call Now Open

Source of Funding: Interreg SHAREMED

The Transnational On-Demand Access actions are a major innovative and practical capitalisation endeavour through sub-projects offered by donors to Mediterranean recepients, consisting of doable joint actions to implement and set up systems at the recepient sites, or to train, or to undertake joint observations and assessments.

The second Call for Transnational On-Demand Access is now open and will remain open until 31st March 2022. Activities for the second call are scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2022 following a formal screening and selection process. Applications are open and you can register here.

For more detailed information about the Transnational On-Demand Access actions and the second call click here.

For any further information or queries, please contact Prof. Aldo Drago ( or

Coordinator of this capitalisation activity on behalf of the project leader, the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and all the SHAREMED partners.

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MCST-TÜBİTAK Joint Call for R&I Proposals 2022

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) are relaunching the MCST-TÜBİTAK 2022 Joint Call for R&I Proposals to support cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation in the following thematic areas:

  • Thematic Area 1: Water Management
  • Thematic Area 2: Sustainable Farming Systems
  • Thematic Area 3: Agro-food Value Chain

Please visit the Call Text for more details.

Malta-based entities and Turkey-based entities are invited to jointly apply for funding to undertake a R&I project in these thematic areas.

This Call involves a one-stage submission process and submissions are to be received by the 16th May 2022 (23:59 CET).

Visit the below link to download specifications and application forms.

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Call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025

Source of Funding: EIT Urban Mobility

During 2021, the Climate Crisis and Covid-19 focused our attention on the pressing need for more action and less reflection on how we can create healthy, liveable, and sustainable cities. The Innovation Programme of 2022 is well placed to help us find practical ways to address these challenges. In 2022, our community will develop solutions and products driving the use of second life batteries, alternative energy, grid/micro-grid management, tackling last mile pollution and congestion, autonomous delivery, active mobility, sustainable logitsics, and creating dynamic shared spaces for both vehicles and pedestrians.

This year´s Call for Innovation will focus on the same four City Challenges as last year: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Energy and Mobility, and Future Mobility. Retaining the same Challenge Areas was a decision made in consultation with our community, and in considering the exceptional strength of the proposals and the quality of the partnerships received last year.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2023-2025.

Main features of the call

The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

Urban mobility challenges include issues such as equality of access, eco-efficiency, physical and digital safety, harnessing of new technologies, population growth, and air quality. Within our action orientated innovation, we also address the regulatory and behavioural changes needed to improve urban life quality.

The Innovation Programme co-creates ideas that lead to the proposal of projects, the demonstration of new solutions, the development of living labs, and the creation of commercial value.

Over 250 urban mobility challenges were identified by cities across Europe. These challenges were reworked into 9 wider ‘Challenge Areas’.

Visit the below link to read further.

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MINE.THE.GAP Project - Calls for proposals

Source of Funding: MINE.THE.GAP Project

MINE.THE.GAP provides direct financial support to SMEs through innovation vouchers. These vouchers are dedicated to strategic plan preparation, validation of ideas and proof of concept/demonstrations activities to innovate the mining and raw material value chain. They are distributed through two open calls during the MINE.THE.GAP project lifetime. The second Open Call is now open for application.

Read further on the below link.

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