Calls for Funding



FF4EuroHPC Call 2

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This call for proposals targets highest quality experiments involving innovative, agile SMEs and putting forward work plans built around innovation targets arising from the use of advanced HPC services. Proposals are sought that address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains, with strong preference being given to engineering and manufacturing, or sectors able to demonstrate fast economic growth or particular economic impact for Europe. The highest priority is given to proposals directly addressing the business challenges of manufacturing SMEs.

Priority will be given to consortia centred on SMEs that are new to the use of advanced HPC services; in particular, prior involvement in the Fortissimo or Fortissimo 2 projects would require the innovation aspects for the proposed experiment to be clearly justified, the same applies for activities already funded through other programs.

Submission Deadline: 29th September 2021, at 17:00 Brussels local time

Expected duration of experiments: maximum 15 months with expected commencement 1st March 2022

Funding for Call-2: The indicative total funding budget is € 5 M.

Maximum funding request per proposal: € 200,000 (covering all participants)

Funding constraints for experiment participants (which will be Third Parties as foreseen by Horizon 2020 funding rules): The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (including any experiments selected under Call-1), is € 150,000. Proposals to FF4EuroHPC Call-2 that do not adhere to the abovementioned funding restrictions will be rejected without further evaluation.

While the participation of certain FF4EuroHPC beneficiaries in experiments is eligible, the cost of their activities in experiments must not be included in the requested funding for experiments.

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DIGICIRC Blue Economy Call 2021

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DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.

 How does it work?

With the second open call, DigiCirc will select a minimum of 15 consortia, composed of at least 2 SMEs/Startups, that will develop innovative solutions focused on digital technologies by addressing the Blue Economy challenges presented below. SMEs will be given the opportunity to use the DigiCirc Matchmaking Platform to look for other SMEs in case they need a partner to build a consortium.

The selected consortia will get a direct funding of up to €20.000 and the opportunity to integrate a highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long innovation support programme, divided in two phases, where they will be able to develop their business plans and adapt their solutions for the targeted area (Phase 1); and demonstrate their solutions in relevant environment as well as shape their commercial strategy (Phase 2).

At the end of the accelerator programme, the 5 best ranked consortia will be selected to receive further funding of €100.000. They will have up to 6 months to develop their prototype and make tests in an operational environment in view of a commercial launch.

What’s in it for SMEs?

● Up to €60k equity free funding per SME/StartUp
● Access to 4 Digital Tools
● One-on-One Business Coaching support
● Thematic Mentoring support provided by industry experts

 What are the minimum requirements to apply?

● Being a consortium of at least 2 SMEs or Startups (visit the Matchmaking Platform)
● Being based in one of the EU Members States or an H2020 Associated Country
● Addressing one of the Blue Economy challenges (see below)

What is the duration of the programme?

DigiCirc Blue Economy Accelerator Programme (Phase 1 & 2) will run from December 2021 to March 2022.
Demoday will be held in March 2022. The 5 consortia selected at the Demoday will then have up to 6 months, from April to September 2022, to deliver final outputs.

 Applicants must submit their proposals for one of the following challenges:

#1 Challenge: Develop solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to increase sustainability, circularity and competitiveness in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors by facing specific needs and challenges of these sectors.

#2 Challenge: Create solutions, products, services and apps to empower circularity and sustainability for coastal tourism using digitalization and digital technologies by facing specific needs or by making citizens and tourists conscious about their impact in the ecosystem to improve their habits.

#3 Challenge: Develop solutions, products, tools and services to increase efficiency, sustainability and circularity in ports activities applying digitalization and digital technologies.

#4 Challenge: Develop solutions based on digital technologies to optimize Ocean Renewable Energies operations, increasing their circularity and sustainability.

#5 Challenge: Create solutions based on digital technologies to address sustainability challenges in Maritime Transport in matters of fuel consumption and pollution, route simulation, among others.

#6 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to make shipbuilding and repair more sustainable and circular.

#7 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies and related to the circular economy for climate change mitigation and marine ecosystems protection.

Please click the below link to download application documentation.

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Development of a Crop-based Survey Approach for Pests of Citrus and of Broadleaved Trees

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Call ref: GP/EFSA/ALPHA/2021/08

The main objective of this call for proposal is to identify organisations to support EFSA in the development of methodology and tools to support the MSs in the planning and preparation of crop-based surveys. EFSA wishes to identify two partner organisations for piloting and developing the methodologies in the following two lots:

Lot 1: citrus pests

Lot 2: pests of broadleaved trees.

This call for proposals, is in an innovative type of grant based on achievements of results. You can find more details on the specific objectives and the indicated deliverables for each phase in the call documents (ref. the link below).

Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals is 1 September 2021.

The link to the EFSA webpage with the guide for applicants and relevant annexes of the call is available on the below link.

In case of any queries related to this Call, please do not hesitate to address them to by indicating the Call reference.

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Blue Bio CoFund 2021 Call

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Call overview

The ERA-NET Cofund on Blue Bioeconomy - Unlocking the Potential of Aquatic Bioresources (BlueBio) is launching a second additional Call to facilitate research and innovation projects that are expected to deliver impacts on at least one of the following topics: 

Thematic Area

a.   Sustainable exploration of the aquatic environment and biological resources

b.    Sustainable and resilient biomass production and processing

c.    Traceability and regulatory constraints

The transnational consortium must consist of at least three independent eligible legal entities from at least three Blue Bio partner countries. All proposals must involve both research organisations and industry.

Each partner in the consortium must follow Blue Bio regulations outlined in the Call Text as well as any National Rules and Regulations. Maltese entities that wish to participate shall need to consult and abide by the National Rules for Participation – State Aid or Non-State Aid (rules can be found on the below link)

Pre-proposal Submission

The consortium coordinator must electronically submit the pre-proposal via the BlueBio submission website ( by Monday, September 20th, 2021, 13.00 CET. Detailed instructions for the use of the electronic submission are described on the BlueBio website ( In addition, all Maltese applicants are requested to submit a National Application Form and relevant annexes, found on the following link:

International Brokerage Event

Interested applicants are invited to participate in a specific online brokerage event that is going to be spread over 2 days: 15th June 2021 (view event recording here) and 21st June 2021 (Matchmaking session; 1:1 meetings). This event will allow participants to get information about the Call and will help them form or join project consortia by meeting prospective international partners. In addition, interested entities are also invited to register on the Plumtri matchmaking page.

More information on the event can be found by following this link or by sending an email to

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Technology Development Programme Call 2021

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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.

  • The call now closes Midnight of Monday 5th July 2021.
  • 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, the application form has been altered. For applicants resubmitting their proposals, ensure that the necessary information is provided.
  • 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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Source of Funding:

The European Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) is pleased to invite interested Living Labs and Testbeds for Energy to join the JPP SES Network. This new round has been launched on 7 May 2021 and will close for applications on 4 June 2021.

The overall objective of the JPP SES is to support transnational research and innovation activities for building a sustainable energy society. The programme aims at contributing to:

  • Advancing the green energy transition in all sectors of the energy system while ensuring security of supply;
  • Shaping new transnational business and investment opportunities by sector coupling and development of new value chains in innovative and cost-effective energy solutions;
  • Ensuring social sustainability in the development of the green energy transition.

Submission of Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest (in English) must be submitted electronically no later than 4 June 2021 13:00 CEST by filling out the application here.
Living Labs and Testbeds who have already qualified and are listed on our website do not have to submit another application. 
Read further on the below link.
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EIT Calls

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Please find here below a list of open EIT calls.

Patient Innovation Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jan 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Patients, Family, Teams that include at least one patient and or care giver who have developed an innovation solultion to deal with a limitation related to the personal health condition.

Medtech Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jan 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Early Stage Start-ups

Start-up and SME Booster Call - [EIT Raw Materials]
Timelines: Opening Date - 01 Feb 21, Deadline - 28 May & 3 Sep  21
Target Group: start-ups, founders/teams, SMEs
Areas of interest: 
- Sustainable Discovery and Supply of primary and secondary resources (innovative solutions based for example on artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) for securing and processing strategic mineral resources in a sustainable and safe way and with a social license to operate.
- Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (materials for electrification such as batteries, fuel cells, magnets; materials for lightweight design including steels, non-ferrous alloys, composites, multimaterials).
- Raw Materials and Circular Societies (new circular business models such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, sharing economy).

EIT Jumpstarter - [EIT Cross-KIC Activity]
Timelines: Opening Date - 09 Feb 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Early Stage Start-ups

Business Creation - Turning innovation into businesses - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline - 18 May 21
Target Group: Incubators, accelerators, research centres, technology transfer organisations

Academy - Closing the knowledge gap - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline – 18 May  21
Target Group: universities, professional and executive schools, and any other organisations targeting professionals, such as large urban mobility conference, fair organisers, sector/industry associations, digital learning agencies

Academy - Closing the knowledge gap - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline – 18 May  21
Target Group: universities, professional and executive schools, and any other organisations targeting professionals, such as large urban mobility conference, fair organisers, sector/industry associations, digital learning agencies

Patient Innovation Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jun 21, Deadline – 15 Jun  21
Target Group: We invite organisations that are currently not members of our association. Individuals are not eligible.

Higher Education Capacity Building Initiative - [EIT Cross-KIC]
Timelines: Opening Date - 24 Mar 21, Deadline – 25 May  21
Target Group: Higher Education Institutions; Public or private, small, medium or large enterprises; Research institutes; Public bodies at local, regional or national level; Intermediary organisations or associations which represent HEIs.

ETV Support - [EIT Cross-KIC]
Timelines: Opening Date - 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: Start-ups and KICs partners

Circular SMEs - [EIT Cross-KIC]

Timelines: Opening Date – 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: KIC Partners

Raw Materials and Circular Societies Prize - [EIT Raw Materials]
Timelines: Opening Date – 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: Any stakeholder with interesting ideas

Investor Network - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Investors, Start-ups

Investor Network - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Investors, Start-ups

Mentoring and Coaching Network - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Start-ups

Gold Track - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Start-ups

Disrupt - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Coporates

Seedgreen Programme

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This five-month programme is an initiative by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP), Junior Chamber International Malta (JCI Malta) and supported by Malta Enterprise as part of the national #ClimateOn campaign.

Climate change can seem like a problem that is either too big – or too far ahead – to mitigate. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we seek participants who want to step up and help lead Malta to climate neutrality. Seedgreen will be open to individuals that can successfully build scalable low-carbon startups in one of our eight main priority areas.

Even though we are one of the smallest island nations worldwide, we can still offer new business models that get us from the tools we currently rely on to a set of robust innovations that transition us towards a more sustainable society. We want pursuits that try to create clean, affordable products and services that benefit both our economy and the environment.

Applications close by 28th May 2021.

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Source of Funding:

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

Additional information can be found on website: . Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 23602178 or 23602000.

Deadline: Friday 18th June 2021 at 11.30pm.

Space Research Fund 2021 Call

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is now receiving proposals under the Space Research Fund 2021. All relevant documentation is available on the Space Research Fund webpage.

The Space Research Fund continues to 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 under three funding modalities (de minimis ; GBER ; State Aid n/a).

An applicant or each partner within a consortium is to opt for one funding modality, making use of the respective rules and application template. A proposal can apply for a grant of up to €150,000 in order to carry out their research projects during a period of 20 months across two stages.

Two Information Sessions are being organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology, with the support of expertise from the European Space Agency. The two identical sessions will be held online on:

30th April, between 12:00 and 14:00

7th May, between 12:00 and 14:00

These Information Sessions aim to provide an overview of the Fund and demonstrate how space infrastructure can help tackle societal challenges that we encounter in our daily lives, through the use of Earth Observation satellites.

Do not hesitate to get in touch at should you have any queries.