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ERC Support Scheme

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is receiving proposals under the ERC Support Scheme. The Scheme aims to strengthen the opportunities for talented researchers to obtain grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for excellent and ground-breaking research based on researchers’ own ideas within all areas of research. The Scheme is divided into two options:

Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice.

Option B: Proposal writing trainings

The objective of this activity is to raise the capabilities of potential ERC candidates to prepare successful ERC grant applications through attending ERC proposal writing training (online or physical).

The call will be open until 12.00 CET (noon) of Friday, 20th August 2021.

For more information, kindly see the documents below and/or contact Lili Kankaya by email to lili.vasileva@gov.mt

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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2021 COMMERCIALISATION VOUCHER PROGRAMME CALL

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology is inviting new applications for funding under the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme.

The call opens on the 9th July 2021 and the deadline is midnight on the 20th August 2021.

The Commercialisation Voucher Programme is another instrument aimed at bridging the existing gap in the R&I framework as well as improving the overall development and commercialization potential of innovative ideas.

This Programme is to act as a demand side measure and entice user driven innovation, with the ultimate aim of increasing research, technological development and innovation activities, which can eventually be implemented in industry.

The Vouchers are primarily intended to assist prospective applicants of the FUSION Technology Development Programme in order to prepare themselves better in terms of project proposal and validation. In some cases it may also assist beneficiaries of previous or current R&I Programmes as well as projects funded through the European Programmes.

Submission, evaluation and selection of application will be in the form of a one-stage process in which a legal representative of the applicant will be asked to submit all the necessary information, to enable a decision on acceptance or rejection.

The Commercialisation Vouchers are subject to a Scientific Evaluation and priority will be given to the Smart Specialisation Areas. State Aid rules apply. Interested parties should submit their application form electronically to voucher.mcst@gov.mt with “CVP 2021 Call  Application” as a subject.

The Application must be dated, signed and initialised (stamped or signed) on each page by the legal representative. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the timely dispatch of the application to the Council.

It should be noted that emails larger than 6MB shall be automatically rejected by the system. File sharing software are limited to WeTransfer or drobox. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email or in writing. Note to applicant:

  • The application form follows a pre-determined editable pdf template with fixed font and margin size
  • Altering the parameters of the template will automatically lead to disqualification. Text should not exceed the printable area of the text boxes.
  • Annex I is to be used to include a clear diagrammatic representation of how the project will go beyond the state-of-the-art. Annex I should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form.
  • Annex 2 is to be used to include a reference list with full citations for each item. Annex 2 should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form.
  • Additional information pertaining to guidelines, rules, procedures and the application form can be found in the documents attached with this call

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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Smart and Sustainable Investment Scheme 2021

Source of Funding:

  •  To assist companies in kick-starting the investment cycle after the pandemic
  • To signal the policy direction in terms of new economic niches which the country intends to develop in line with the European Green Deal
  • Incisive aid intensity in the form of cash grants up to €50,000
  • Additional 20% support in the form of tax credits
 
The cash grant will be increased in the following instances:
  •  Investments made in Gozo,
  • Investment made by start-up companies,
  • Investments which directly create new green jobs
 
More info to follow on the below link. 
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Technology Development Programme Call 2021

Source of Funding:

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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INTERNATIONALISATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS SCHEME PLUS 2021 (IPAS+) CALL 1

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: http://mcst.gov.mt/ri-ipas-open-calls/ . Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 23602178 or 23602000.

Deadline: Friday 18th June 2021 at 11.30pm.


GALACTICA Project

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR EU STARTUPS AND SME’s WITH GAME-CHANGING SOLUTIONS!

GALACTICA project will launch its 1st Open Call for Proposals on 16th March 2021 with €1.2 million of funding available, to attract and support the best cross-sectoral projects in the fields of textile, aerospace and advancing manufacturing.

SMEs and Startups can apply for funding up to €100.000 (“Orbital Projects”) or up to €20.000 (“Pioneer Projects”).

More information regarding the Open Call for Proposals application, submission and evaluation criteria is provided on the following Open Call guidelines.

Who can apply?

The Call for Proposals is open to EU and UK innovative Startups and SME’s within the textile, aerospace, and/or advanced manufacturing sectors.

Single SMEs or consortia SMEs can apply for “Pioneer projects”.

For the “Orbital projects” it is mandatory the participation of a minimum of two SMEs.

When two or more companies are applying within each funding scheme, it is also mandatory that those companies belong to different sectors of activity.

The main goal of the GALACTICA project is to create, validate and scale-up new cross-sectoral and cross-border value chains among textile, aerospace and advanced manufacturing fields.

What are we offering? Financial support!

Startups and SME’s can apply for two funding voucher schemes: “Pioneer projects” and “Orbital projects”.

In addition, selected projects will receive a coaching and mentoring support package to accelerate their launch to market. 

Follow the below link for more information.

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International Call for SCO Projects 2021

Source of Funding:

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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Business Enhance RD&I Scheme

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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:

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

For more information, please click on here or send an email to: eureka@maltaenterprise.com

 


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