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4th Transnational Call for Research & Innovation Projects in Maritime and Marine Technologies 2021

Source of Funding: MarTERA ERA-NET CoFund

MarTERA has launched a fourth joint call to fund transnational research and innovation projects in the following areas:

  • Priority Area 1: Environmentally friendly maritime technologies
  • Priority Area 2: Innovative concepts for ships and offshore structures
  • Priority Area 3: Automation, sensors, monitoring and observations
  • Priority Area 4: Advanced manufacturing and production
  • Priority Area 5: Safety and security

Please visit the Priority Areas Matrix and the Call Announcement for more details on each priority area.

This call is initiated by ministries/funding organisations from 9 countries: Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa and Turkey. Applicants from these countries are eligible for funding, while applicants from other countries are eligible if they fund their own involvement. Project consortia must involve industry partners. More information can be found in the Call Announcement.

The international application process consists of a two-stage submission process.

The Stage 1 pre-proposal submission deadline: 26th March 2021 (17:00 CET)

Eligible undertakings (State Aid) as well as Public entities and Public Research & Knowledge Dissemination Organisations that do not carry out an economic activity within the meaning of Article 107 TFEU (Non-State Aid) can request up to 300,000 euros and will need to adhere to the National Rules for Participation. These can be accessed through the relevant hyperlink. (N.B. if more than one National partner is present in one consortium, the total amount of funding for the participating National partners cannot exceed the 300,000 euros capping).

Apart from the pre-proposal submission by the project coordinator on the MarTERA submission platform, each national applicant shall be required to submit a National Application Form along with any pertinent annexes to eusubmissions.mcst@gov.mt. Please access the following document and annexes:

FileAnnex III FileAnnex IV  FileAnnex V  

Interested applicants are invited to participate in an online brokerage event to form or join project consortia by meeting prospective international partners. This will be taking place on the 17th February 2021 and is free of charge. Register your participation here. You may also find other potential project partners on plumtri’s matchmaking MarTERA 2021 page by registering your interest here.

For more information, please contact the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) on international.mcst@gov.mt / 0035623602175

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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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Maritime Seed Awards 2020

Source of Funding: University Malta

The Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) is a joint initiative between the Malta Marittima Agency (MMA) and the University of Malta supported by the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, Knowledge Transfer Office and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta.

The sixth call of this programme aims to help move promising ideas from the Maritime Field forward toward commercialization. To date, fifteen projects have received funding through prior programmes. Award funding totalling to €100,000 will help to bring the innovative early-stage idea/technology from lab to life and provides support to researchers and entrepreneurs when they need it most to increase the likelihood of success.

The Maritime Seed Award will fund two types of initiatives: University of Malta academic staff may apply for ‘proof of concept’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised; whereas entrepreneurs from within or outside the University may apply for ‘seed’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment.

Potential applicants for the Seed Fund must attend the scheduled online workshop session hosted by TAKEOFF, while Proof of Concept Fund applicants must attend the workshop being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Office. The workshops will provide an overview for creating a competitive proposal. The final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend their respective workshops. This will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Should applicants be unable to attend either workshop, alternative meetings must be held directly with the Knowledge Transfer Office for POC or TAKEOFF for SF. Both workshops will be held online and the workshop link will only be sent to those who register beforehand. To register for the event, please click here


Maritime Spatial Planning – EMFF Work Programme 2020

Source of Funding: EU Maritime Spatial Plans Directive

Objectives: 

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive. More specifically, this action intends to support Member States in setting up maritime spatial plans and ensuring that plans are coherent and coordinated across marine regions concerned. The deadline for Member States to adopt their Maritime Spatial Plans is 31 March 2021.

In this context, applicants are required to address the following priorities in their proposals:

1. Support the work of MSP competent authorities and/or inter-ministerial bodies in the establishment and adoption of maritime spatial plans;

2. Where relevant, support the development of cross-border cooperation on MSP with bordering Member States and third countries with a view to ensure that maritime spatial plans are coherent and coordinated across marine regions concerned; 

3. Making use of the best available data and organise the sharing of information, necessary for maritime spatial plans, by using relevant mechanism and tools (e.g. INSPIRE, EMODNet).

Scope:

Activities that can be funded:

Applicants should explain in their proposal how they will implement the targeted activities below described, resulting in concrete and measurable results within the project's duration.

Projects must undertake one or more of the following main activities as part of the project implementation:

  • Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in articles 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the MSP Directive (notably the setting-up and adoption of maritime spatial plans);
  • Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 10 of the MSP Directive (Data use and sharing);
  • Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 11 of the MSP Directive (Cooperation among Member States);
  • Specific activities aimed at implementing provisions set out in article 12 of the MSP Directive (Cooperation with third countries).

In addition, applicants should include in their project the following complementary activities/tasks to support the above core activities:

  • Establishment of a Steering Committee (SC) to ensure the overall strategic steering of the project. The SC should comprise relevant representatives of the Member States where the action takes place (such as MSP competent authorities), as well as the beneficiaries involved. The Commission and EASME may participate in an observer capacity only.
  • Establishment of an Advisory Committee (AC) to provide expert advice on the project's activities. The AC should be composed of a maximum of five recognised experts in MSP or in relevant fields of activity. The Commission and EASME may participate in an observer capacity only.
  • Working procedures defining how the project and the SC will operate (assigning clear roles and responsibilities, describing the decision-making process, frequency of meetings etc.).
  • An opening and closing conference.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to assign dedicated staff to the development and implementation of the proposed communication and dissemination activities. This should be appropriately reflected in the proposed budget.

 

The list of complementary activities is non-exhaustive. Applicants may propose additional activities, as long as the proposed complementary activity is justified and establishes a coherent link with the project objectives and the objectives of this call.

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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

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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