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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

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  •  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

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

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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:

File Annex III File Annex IV  File Annex 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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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​.


1-COVID-19 R&D FUND

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The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern according to the International Health Regulation.

To date, over 2.5 million of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide including over 170,000 deaths. COVID-19 is affecting over 200 countries and territories around the world, with new cases continuing to emerge daily.

The Malta Council for Science and Technology and Malta Enterprise Corporation have reacted to the challenges surrounding the current unprecedented circumstances by designing a national fund entitled the “COVID-19 R&D Fund”. This initiative has been possible through the support of the Ministry for Finance and Financial Services, and the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses.

The €5.3 Million COVID-19 R&D Fund is to target public, academic, and private entities. As a funding mechanism, it will enable R&D on COVID-19 as a departure point, yet with outcomes not only addressing innovative and/or improved approaches related to the current pandemic, but also potential future waves and other antiviral relevant research.

Eligible projects, including those projects having received a COVID-19 specific Seal of Excellence, are those projects that have started on or after 1 February 2020, but not later than 31 December 2020. The duration of the project should be a maximum of eighteen (18) months.

The Rules for Participation and the Application Form for the COVID-19 R&D Fund may be found below.

 

Any queries can be forwarded to ri.mcst@gov.mt

 

Melchior Cini – Contact point for academic and public entity applicants

Corinne Muscat Terribile – Contact point for private entity applicants

Sarah Ghose Roy – Cross-sector contact point

Claire Grima – Malta Enterprise Representative

 

More information on the Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak: https://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/what_is_new/covid_19.html


EUREKA Network Projects

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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

 


EUREKA Multilateral Call on Advanced Materials

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For more information, please click on here

 


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