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International Call for SCO Projects 2021

Source of Funding: Space Climate Observation (SCO)

Our planet’s climate is undergoing big changes that are influencing temperatures, precipitation, winds and many other geophysical and geomorphological parameters, and the consequences of these changes are affecting all of humanity. While these phenomena have been studied for several decades by scientists, global awareness of them is recent, and the need for preparedness, mitigation and adaptation at local level is urgent. Nevertheless, we still lack tools for local decision-makers incorporating the most recent developments in data and algorithms.

Solutions

In the current phase, the main mode of SCO to address the above challenge is to provide high visibility and general support to projects led by consortia federating the scientific community, public authorities and private sector firms, which propose operational tools to local decision-makers to inform their climate change policies.
This visibility is provided by exposure on the SCO website, after recognition – which has been defined as a “SCO labeling” - that the projects meet the SCO objectives and guidelines and benefits from international cooperation and collaboration.

Under an international umbrella, the SCO is organized at the national level. For instance, SCO France is supporting the emergence of new projects and labelling them within the guidelines set out by SCO International. It is offering its expertise and network to propose operational tools for authorities and end-users. In 2020, 15 projects have been labelled for agriculture, remote-sensing epidemiology, urban climate, coastline dynamics, mangroves, floods and more.

Ambition

SCO is a unique observatory underpinned by a network of scientific and technical agencies. Although SCO is not a financing agency, its extended network allows it to help labelled projects to raise money from various climate change programmes as well as to scale it up and transfer it to other stakeholders.
Pilot SCO projects are focused on specific geographic areas, bringing together local stakeholders and decision-makers across the globe, and fostering use of global spatial and meteorological data at local scales. The SCO aims to become a major player on the world climate related applications, supporting decision making at local level.
In the next phase, due to start in about one year from now, the SCO ambition is therefore to generate projects, data, algorithms and local indicators to make all of this available to vulnerable areas through an international charter that can be activated on request.

2021 Call for projects

SCO International will be opening a new campaign of labelling projects in September 2020. You are encouraged to download the form hereafter and submit a proposal.

  • The deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 November, 2020
  • The decisions on labelling will be published by 1 February 2021

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Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus 2020 (IPAS+) 2nd Call

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 academic institutions, public entities, or private entities and at least one foreign research centre or academic/private 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 2020, 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 2020 (H2020)/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 €5000 per Option. 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 mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt with “IPAS+ – Application 2020” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is Friday 6th November 2020 at 11.30pm.

Rules and application form can be found on the below link:

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Business Enhance RD&I Scheme

Source of Funding: Business Enhance

Business Enhance ERDF Grant Scheme

Operational Programme I - Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020

Foster​ing a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges

The Measures and Support Division within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, designated by the Managing Authority as the Intermediate Body responsible for administering aid schemes for enterprises under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the 2014 – 2020 programming period, would like to announce the following calls:

In facilitating the planning process for submission of applications, the Measures and Support Division publishes cut-off dates for all Calls under the Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes initiative well in advance.  Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last moments before the published cut-off date deadline to submit their applications.  The Measures and Support Division is not held responsible for any delays in submission of applications due to technical difficulties or any other factors that may arise​.


EUREKA Network Projects

Source of Funding: Horizon 2020, Malta Enterprise

Funds market driven innovative R&D projects, devised and run by an international consortium.

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