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LIFE programme 2021-2027

Source of Funding: LIFE

The LIFE programme – the EU’s funding instrument for the Environment and Climate Action has been launched on 21 May 2022. The LIFE programme 2021-2027 is currently divided into four sub-programmes as follows:

Nature and Biodiversity:

The Nature and Biodiversity sub-programme will aim at the protection and restoration of Europe’s nature and halting and reversing biodiversity loss. Thus, the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity sub-programme will continue to fund nature conservation projects, particularly in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species. It will support projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, and in particular; the development and management of the Natura 2000 network and the IAS Regulation and will support achieving the objectives of the EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030; part of the EU Green Deal.

Circular Economy and Quality of Life:

The Circular Economy and Quality of Life sub-programme aims at facilitating the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient and climate-resilient economy and at protecting, restoring and improving the quality of the environment, either through direct interventions or by supporting the integration of those objectives in other policies.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation:

The Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programme will contribute to the shift towards a sustainable, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

  • Climate Change Mitigation:

        Co-finances projects in the areas of farming, land use, peatland management, renewable energies and energy efficiency.

  •  Climate Change Adaptation:

       Co-finances projects in the areas of urban adaptation and land-use planning, resilience of infrastructure, sustainable management of water in drought-prone areas, flood and coastal management, resilience of the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors, and/or support to the EU's outermost regions: preparedness for extreme weather events, notably in coastal areas.

Clean Energy Transition:

The LIFE Clean Energy Transition sub-programme continues to support the delivery of EU policies in the field of sustainable energy, in particular; the EU Green Deal, the Energy Union (2030 energy and climate targets) and the European Union’s 2050 long-term decarbonisation strategy.

Deadlines to submit your proposal:

LIFE Calls for proposals 2022 submission deadlines:

  •  Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programmes: 4th  October 2022
  • LIFE Action Grants for Clean Energy Transition sub-programme: 16th  November 2022
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs):
    • Concept Notes: 8th September 2022
    • Full Proposals: 30th March 2023
  • Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs: 8th September 2022

 The National Contact Point for Malta, within the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise is inviting all interested parties to discuss any potential actions.  In this regard, you are solicited to contact the LIFE team on life.meee@gov.mt to set a meeting and discuss further any project proposals.

Information and presentation source: The Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise

PRIMA Training and Mobility Award

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is launching the PRIMA Training and Mobility Award to support opportunities for Malta-based eligible undertakings to form collaborative links with at least one foreign counterpart from any one of the 19 PRIMA Participating States. The aim of this Award is to build local capacities and establish networks that could lead to future collaborations to submit R&I project proposals under the PRIMA programme.

To receive this support, applicants shall be required to demonstrate that the scope of the proposed action is to develop effective cross-border collaborations, undertake research activities and/or training activities in the thematic areas of PRIMA, leading to the submission of a proposal to any PRIMA-related Call.

Entities established in Malta are eligible for funding with the option of requesting up to EUR 5 000 from a total Call Budget of EUR 25 000.

Visit the below link to download rules for participation and application form.

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LIFE Clean Energy Transition - 18 CET Topics

Source of Funding: European Commission

There are 18 dedicated topics open to submit your project ideas to:     

  • build the policy framework for the Clean Energy Transition at local, regional and national level
  • accelerate the market for the Clean Energy Transition with the roll-out of technology, digitalisation, new services and business models and enhancing related professional skills
  • attract private finance for sustainable energy investments and support the development of local and regional clean energy investment projects
  • involve and empower citizens in the Clean Energy Transition.

Find out more about all 18 CET topics and see how you can help accelerating the clean energy transition!

Info session recordings are available to guide you through each topic.

Projects are supported with a 95% co-funding rate.

For most topics you need to create a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries. However, a few topics  are open to apply with one applicant only. 

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Support Scheme for Research and Innovation Projects in the Fields of Energy and Water – 2022

Source of Funding: The Energy & Water Agency, Malta

The Energy and Water Agency will once again run it Research and Innovation in Energy and Water Grant Scheme. This will be the third call and the aim still remains, to address National Policies and address sectoral problems. This year, the scheme will be taking projects in specific focus areas.

The call will be open for applications as from the 6th of June and close on the 2nd of September and the scheme has undergone some structural changes.

The scheme is also looking to produce more tangible results by changing the TRL level requirement by requiring any project that will benefit of the scheme to reach TRL level 7 and also produce a prototype or model in a suitable environment. This change in structure was erected as it will help demonstrate better what R&I is capable of and why R&I is a necessary tool to achieve sustainability.

Another notable change is that the budget of the scheme has increased from €120,000 to €200,000.  Applicants this year must also apply as a consortium.

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Fusion Technology Development Programme 2022 Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

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 23:59 of Wednesday the 20th July 2022.
  • 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.
  • More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.

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NGI ASSURE 10th Open Call

Source of Funding: NGI Research and Innovation Actions

The goal of NGI Assure is to support projects that design and engineer reusable building blocks for the Next Generation Internet as part of a complete, strong chain of assurances for all stakeholders regarding the source and integrity of identities, identifiers, data, cyber-physical systems, service components and processes. Furthermore, contributions can be made to address underlying real-world challenges in deploying and validating such building blocks, such as energy efficiency and sustainability, scalability and throughput, security, privacy/confidentiality, plausible deniability, robustness and crypto-agility, side-channel resistance, interoperability, governance and compliance to regulatory frameworks – where needed to turn the above into reproducible and trustworthy end-to-end solutions that can withstand the hostile battle grounds of the modern internet.

We are looking for projects that have research and development as primary objective and that commit to generate open knowledge and open source building blocks relevant to developers, operators and users across all kinds of public and private application domains that have standardization potential.

Anyone that can bring a relevant contribution to the topics of NGI Assure can apply, whether you are a natural person or an organisation of any type that wants to improve and further develop Distributed Ledger Technologies, advanced blockchain technologies and related enabling technologies.

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NGI ONTOCHAIN 3rd Call

Source of Funding: NGI Research and Innovation Actions

ONTOCHAIN will deliver a new software ecosystem for trusted, traceable and transparent ontological knowledge management. The specific objective of the ONTOCHAIN Open Call 3 is to complete the missing blocks of the ONTOCHAIN infrastructure, as well as to exploit the ONTOCHAIN infrastructure, designed and implemented respectively through ONTOCHAIN OC1 and ONTOCHAIN OC2, for real-life use cases, that cover real need of individuals in terms of trustworthy data/services exchange and trustworthy content handling, from various vertical domains/vital sectors of the European economy.

All Internet researchers, innovators and developers from high tech companies, academia and even team of natural persons legally established in an EU Member State, H2020 associated countries or Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the Member States.

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Mind4Machines Open Call

Source of Funding: Horizon 2020


The project will provide EUR 3.3 M of direct financial support via two Open Calls.

The ultimate goal of these calls for financial support is to fund and encourage the validation of the new cross-sectoral and cross-regional digital manufacturing value chains, delivering innovative goods, services and processes in new sectors. The calls will be adapted to two maturity levels: TRL 5-7 and TRL 8-9, understanding that the needs of the technologies and business have different needs depending on their TRL.

The main objective of the call is to raise the efficiency and competitiveness of the manufacturing industry by adopting the latest digital technologies for a smarter and greener transformation aligned with the latest EU policies.


The present call funds the development, testing, validation and market uptake of INDUSTRY 4.0 solutions by increasing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL)/maturity of the proposed solutions in delivering innovative goods, services and processes.

Last April 27, was the open call launch event, you can see the presentation here.

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Space Research Fund 2022

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is now receiving applications for the Space Research Fund 2022.  Application deadline is 11th July 11.59pm.

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 Minmis ; 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 accessed below. 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.

Funded projects under this Call must start between October and November of 2022.

Information Sessions about the Call:

MCST together with ESA will deliver an information session about the Call. The session will be held online, and recorded on 31st May, between 14:30 and 16:30 hrs

The information session materials can be found in the tabs on the below link. You may request a copy of the recording by sending an email to space.mcst@gov.mt.

Visit the below link to read further and dowload application forms.

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Women in the Blue Economy Call

Source of Funding: European Commission

The European Commission has launched the “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With a EUR 2.5 million budget, the call will help increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy, such as fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy, blue bioeconomy, as well as inland and offshore aquaculture. Up to 2 projects are expected to be funded, with an exceptional co-funding of 90%.

The objective is to overcome the existing constraints in all aspects of the maritime sector, in particular recruitment, training, capacity-building, technical cooperation and promotions, so that every person can fully and safely participate in the activities of the sustainable blue economy.

The actions funded under this call will help sustainable blue economy sectors to embrace a deep and structural change to facilitate the inclusion of women in the wider maritime economy, thus contributing to a more gender equal society as a whole.

Applicants can submit their proposals until 22 September 2022 at 17h00 CEST.

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