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OPENING OF CALL: Sino-Malta Fund

Source of Funding: MCST

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce the Science & Technology Cooperation Sino-Malta Fund call is now open. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get funding for one of your projects! The thematic areas are:

  • Marine / Aquaculture
  • Transport
  • Digital Technology

Applications are invited from applicants based in Malta and have a Chinese partner already approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China.

Kindly find details and application form here:

https://mcst.gov.mt/science-technology-cooperation-sino-malta-fund/

A webinar on the Sino-Malta Fund Call will be held on Wednesday the 20th of May at 9am. Potential applicants are invited to register for the webinar via the following link by 19th May 2020 at 5pm: 

https://forms.gle/c7pppyx1cKoumN2g7

We also encourage you to make use of the Matchmaking tool on Plumtri to find partners:

https://www.plumtri.org/member/networking/2

The deadline for Stage 1 pre-proposals is Monday 15th June 2020.


European Data Incubator (EDI) Call 3 for Startups

Source of Funding: European Data Incubator

European Data Incubator is an exciting incubation programme, supported by the European Commission, with a €5 Million fund for Big Data companies:

  • We are looking for 35 bright big data startups and SMEs from all over Europe
  • The programme runs from August 2020 - April 2021
  • Startups get
  • Up to €100K equity-free
  • Free support services and workshops by dedicated mentors
  • A free Cloud environment for scalable data processing
  • Direct access to large corporates from different sector
  • The chance to solve a real-life data challenge

Startups and SMEs can select 1 of 3 tracks available to join the programme, and can find out all about it on the below link. 

Applications are open until Wednesday 17 June at 12:00 (noon) CEST. Apply now: https://www.f6s.com/europeandataincubator2020/ 


PARSEC Accelerator for EO applications

Source of Funding: PARSEC Accelerator

PARSEC is a business accelerator supporting the creation of new Earth Observation (EO) based products and services. The accelerator targets SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs and researchers who want to have an impact on the emerging Food, Energy and Environment sectors. With the support of PARSEC, their ideas will be developed into solutions fuelled by the benefits of EO.

The second Open Call aims to find the best 15 consortia that will join the PARSEC second stage and have access to 100.000€ each (maximum 50.000€ per partner) and business support services such as the investment readiness programme, coaching and export promotion training.

The PARSEC Open Call 2 “Call for consortia” application period is open from 30 March until 20 June 2020 at 17:00 CET 

The Accelerator second stage will run from September 2020 until October 2021 and the winners will see their new products or services launched into the market. The accelerator is funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Link to website and application form can be found on the link below.


ENI CBC Med Programme 2014-2020 | Call for proposals for Capitalisation Projects

Source of Funding: The Territorial Cooperation Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division, MFEA

The Territorial Cooperation Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division, MFEA, would like to inform that the call for proposals for capitalisation projects under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 is open until the 28th July 2020. This call has a budgetary allocation of €11M, which may potentially be extended to €15.2M. This call shall focus on the following Priority Objectives:

  •  Support innovative start-up and recently established enterprises
  • Strengthen and support euro-Mediterranean networks, clusters, consortia and value chains in traditional sectors and non-traditional sectors
  • Encourage sustainable tourism initiatives and actions
  • Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
  • Support SMEs in accessing research and innovation, also through clustering
  • Provide young people, especially those belonging to the NEETS, and women, with marketable skills
  • Support social and solidarity economic actors
  • Water management - Support sustainable initiatives targeting innovative and technological solutions to increase water efficiency
  • Waste treatment and recycling - Reduce municipal waste generation, promote source-separated collection and its optimal exploitation
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency - Support cost-effective and innovative energy rehabilitations relevant to building types and climatic zones, with a focus on public buildings
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management – approach to ICZM into local development planning

Eligible beneficiaries include public authorities, bodies governed by public law, private institutions and international organisations operating in the Programme's eligible area.


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014-2020

Source of Funding: MEAE

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period 2014-2020 provides funding to the fishing industry and coastal communities to help them adapt to changing conditions in the sector and become economically resilient and ecologically sustainable. It is one of the five European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds which complement each other and seek to promote a growth and job based recovery in Europe. 

 The EMFF is the financial instrument that will help deliver the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and that will support the implementation of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). It focuses on the long-term strategic objectives of the two policies: for the Common Fisheries Policy, contributing to sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture; for the Integrated Maritime Policy, ensuring a consistent policy framework for the policy and contributing to a balanced and inclusive territorial development of fisheries areas. In line with the Europe 2020 strategy, these broad objectives for 2014 – 2020 are structured around six priorities within the EMFF:

  •  Union Priority 1 – Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries. Union Priority 1 – Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries.
  • Union Priority 2 – Fostering environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and   knowledge-based aquaculture. Union Priority 2 – Fostering environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture.
  • Union Priority 3 – Fostering the implementation of the CFP
  • Union Priority 4 – Increasing employment and territorial cohesion
  • Union Priority 5 – Fostering marketing and processing
  • Union Priority 6 – Fostering the implementation of the IMP

Patent Box Deductions

Source of Funding: Malta Enterprise

The Patent Box Deduction Rules, 2019 establishes a fiscal regime for income arising from patents, similar intellectual property (IP) Rights and copyrighted software.  The rules additionally provide that small companies may utilise the patent box rules on income from any intellectual property based on an invention that could be patented. A tax payer qualifying for the Patent Box deduction will be entitled to deduct a percentage of its income from taxable income. This deduction will be adjusted depending on the percentage resulting from dividing the qualifying IP expenditure by the total expenditure related to the particular IP.  

A tax payer wishing to benefit from the provisions of the Patent Box must request the determination of the Corporation.  The request must be made on the appropriate application form and must include documentation confirming the research activity carried out by the applicant and the qualifying IP expenditure being claimed. 


European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2014-2020

Source of Funding: MEAE

Rural development programmes provide co-funding for projects with economic, environmental or social objectives, primarily targeting farmers, farms and SMEs in rural areas. The budget is spent via tailor-made plans designed nationally or regionally to match local challenges and opportunities. Spending is linked to a performance framework with target indicators and monitoring, which effectively requires Member States and regions to deliver clearly defined results in order to keep the full budget allocation. On top of the additional public funding from national and regional administrations, rural development programmes also raise significant amounts of private capital, in particular for investments related to business development. 

NOTICE

(1)  Procedure for the receipt of applications during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak 
(2)   Obligatory documentation in applications during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

Further information on the below link:


MDB COVID-19 Guarantee Scheme

Source of Funding: Malta Development Bank

The MDB COVID-19 Guarantee Scheme (CGS) provides guarantees to commercial banks in order to enhance access to bank financing for the working capital requirements of businesses in Malta facing a sudden acute liquidity shortage as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
The CGS has been approved by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (European Commission Press Release​).
 
CGS is part of the wider package of Government’s COVID-19 Response Support Programme.  
 
A Guarantee Fund of €350 million has been allocated by Government for the purpose of guaranteeing loans granted by commercial banks in Malta to meet new working capital requirements of businesses facing cashflow disruptions due to the effects of the COVID-19. 
 
The CGS will enable the commercial banks to leverage Government’s guarantees up to a total portfolio volume of €777.8 million to support all types of businesses.
  
The CGS has been entrusted to the Malta Development Bank (MDB) which is responsible to develop, administer and implement the scheme. The CGS will be intermediated via commercial banks in Malta.  
 
Loans will be available from the commercial banks accredited by the MDB. 
 
Loan applications are assessed by the commercial banks in line with their credit policy criteria. Final approval rests with the commercial banks. 

Voluntiera Malta – Civil Society Fund 2020

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Voluntary Sector

The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are considered to be the backbone of any democratic society. According to the European Commission, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) encompasses non-governmental organisations (voluntary organisations), grassroots organisations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, universities, media and independent foundations.

CSOs often fail to adopt an active role at European Union (EU) level primarily because of financial restraints. As a result, the government is committed to provide financial incentives to support CSOs engagement in activities with other organisations not only at a local level but also at a European level with the aim to encourage the exchange of best practices, knowledge and information amongst organisations at a local and at an international level.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the following Guidelines thoroughly in order to avoid submitting ineligible applications.

Purpose of the Civil Society Fund

This call for proposals is intended to provide successful applicants with financial assistance for the purpose of facilitating their affiliation with and participation in European groupings, associations, federations, confederation networks, and training related to EU Policy/Programmes.

The objectives of the Civil Society Fund (CSF) are the following:

  1. To assist CSOs to keep abreast with the developments occurring at EU level;
  2. To enable CSOs to better educate their members on EU matters related to their respective fields of competence; and
  3. To enable CSOs to participate effectively in the decision-making process at European level.

Eligible Actions

Interested applicants may submit a proposal that corresponds to the following eligible actions:

Action 1: The affiliation of CSOs to European umbrella organisations, grouping, federations, confederations or networks.

and/or

Action 2: Attendance at conferences, seminars and meetings abroad in relation to affiliations in European umbrella organisations, groupings, federations, confederations or networks and participation in Training Abroad related to EU Policy or Programmes.

Allocation of these funds shall be at the discretion of the evaluation committee responsible for allocating funds. The Committee will award the funds on the basis of the merits of the proposal submitted by the CSO according to the eligibility and selection criteria established in these Guidelines.


Voluntiera Malta – NGO Co-Financing Fund and Society Fund 2020

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Voluntary Sector

The NGO Co-Financing Fund is intended to assist NGOs which are capable of managing specific project development issues but not necessarily well equipped to deal with the demands of the required financial element stipulated under the respective EU Funded Programme that the beneficiary had applied for. The co-financing funds are intended to complement and not replace existing activities supported by EU funding.

The NGO Co-Financing Fund shall not be considered as proof for co-financing when applying for EU Funded Projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Being a Voluntary Organization in possession of a valid Voluntary Organization Certificate number and being financially involved in the implementation and the co-financing, even as a partner, of a European Funded Project in the past year.

Excluding Criteria

  • Project Closure Report dated later than one year from submitting the application for the NGO co-Financing Fund.
  • Failure to honour obligations agreed to in the Contract signed with the NGO Co-Financing Fund.
  • European Funding awarded for the project is already considered as covering 100% of the eligible expenditures.
  • Project not yet approved from relevant Managing Authority.
Terms of Reference
  • Once the online application has been properly filled in, the system will automatically generate an estimated value of the potential grant to be awarded. The application will subsequently be evaluated by an independent Board to validate the provided information and issue the Grant.
  • The Grant will be issued in two equal instalments, 50% at the awarding stage upon the signature of a Contract with the NGO Co-Financing Fund Board and a second 50% upon submission of a valid Closure Report endorsed by the relevant Competent Authority.
  • The submitted Closure Report will be evaluated by the NGO Co-Financing Fund Board and a proportionate reduction to the NGO Co-Financing Fund Grant will apply in the circumstances where there will be a deduction in the Project Eligible Value.
  • Should the Closure Report be submitted at the application stage, the Grant shall be issued in full. The Grant will remain subject to the conditions agreed to in the Contract with the NGO Co-Financing Board.

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