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Operational Programme II - Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Source of Funding: Managing Authority (MA), The Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA)

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 ANNOUNCEMENT - CALL IV

European Social Fund

The Managing Authority (MA) for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in Malta, the Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) within the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA), would like to announce it is launching a call for project proposals. This call will close on Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at noon and will contribute to the priority axis and investment priorities listed below:

Priority Axis 2 - 'Towards a more inclusive society'

  • Investment priority (IP) 9i - Active inclusion, including with a view to promoting equal opportunities and active participation, and improving employability. This call is restricted for activities proposed by Voluntary Organisations and Social partners.

    Priority Axis 4 - 'Building the Institutional Administrative Capacity'
  • Investment priority (IP) 11iiCapacity building for all stakeholders delivering education, lifelong learning, training and employment and social policies, including through sectoral and territorial pacts to mobilise for reform at the national, regional and local levels. This call is restricted for activities proposed by Social Partners and Civil Society Organisations.

    The online application form for the submission of project proposals is available on   http://eufunds.gov.mt/opencalls (PPCD section). Supporting documentation relating to this announcement are also available on http://eufunds.gov.mt/opencalls (PPCD section).

    Further information on this call and on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 may be obtained from http://eufunds.gov.mt. Any generic queries and requests to participate in Information Sessions related to this Call can be sent to PPCD's email: info.eufunds@gov.mt until Tuesday 7th July 2020 at noon. The Information Sessions (these are repeated sessions), will be held on the following dates:

  • 10th July 2020 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • 13th July 2020 at 15:00 – 17:00

Call for expressions of interest to organise the EIT Food Awareness Event

Source of Funding: EIT

EIT Food is looking for three organisations, each based in one of the below-mentioned countries, to organise the EIT Food Awareness Event for the local agrifood ecosystem in September-November 2020. EIT Food aims to recruit three organisations based in three different countries from the list below.

The organisations invited to apply for this call should be based in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia and Ukraine.

One organisation will be selected from applicants representing Cyprus or Malta, and two from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia and Ukraine.


BLUEBIO CALL 2020

Source of Funding: BLUEBIO COFUND

 The call is targeted to fund projects focusing on supply systems in the blue economy: logistics and transportation – from harvesting to processing.

Entities with an operating base in Malta are eligible to apply and participate in transnational R&I projects.

More information can be found in the Call Text. Eligible consortia shall need to have at least three (3) partners coming from three (3) different participating countries and at least one needs to come from industry.

Local entities shall also need to consult the National Rules for Participation – State Aid or Non-State Aid and are also requested to submit a National Application Form (to be uploaded shortly).

Pre-proposal submission deadline – 14th September 2020

Interested applicants are invited to participate in a specific brokerage event to help form or join project consortia by meeting prospective international partners. This will be taking place over two (2) days:

18th June – online brokerage event part 1 – presentation of call and submission tool, elevator pitches from potential applicants

25th June – online brokerage event part 2 – 1:1 meetings between potential applicants on the b2match tool

In preparation to the brokerage event part 2, MCST will also be organising a webinar on the 30th June to provide an overview of the National requirements of the Call. Please register your interest on the plumtri matchmaking page. Registrants will be provided with the agenda and more information at a later date.

For interested applicants that miss the brokerage event, the following additional Partner Search Request Platforms can be used:

https://www.submission-bluebio.eu/partnersearch

http://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/SearchCenter/Search/ProfileSimpleSearch?shid=32db25cb-726f-43b0-8b5f-7742d0935799

https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/how-to-participate/partner-search

For more information  – international.mcst@gov.mt 


ERC Advanced Grant

Source of Funding: Horizon 2020

ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.


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. 

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