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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO PROVIDE EVALUATION SERVICES UNDER THE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME AND THE PARADISE CALL

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

This is a Call for Expression of Interest is intended for Evaluators wanting to provide evaluation service to the Malta Council for Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as the Council) in the systematic and objective assessment of submitted project proposals submitted in respect of the Research Excellence Programme or the PARADISE Call.

Research Excellence Programme:

The aim of the Research Excellence Programme is to determine the excellence of individual proposals as per guidelines stipulated by the Council.
This Call is open to Evaluators with expertise in any field of research including but not limited to:

  •      Natural sciences
  •      Engineering and Technology
  •      Medical and Health Sciences
  •      Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  •      Social sciences
  •      Humanities and the Arts

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application along with supporting documentation documents electronically to rep.mcst@gov.mt with “Call for Evaluators in Research Excellence Programme CALL” as a subject heading. Interested Evaluators are requested to submit their response and all relevant documents, by not later than 26th October 2020. If selected, the agreement shall run for a period of one year.

PARADISE Call:

The PARADISE Call is a call for Ideas towards start-up actions for a plastic free healthy Mediterranean sea. The call is aimed at Enabling Research in Plastics in a Circular Economy Context, it is intended to support applicant entities seeking to escalate the activities that will lead to an enhanced project proposal based on any actions they wish to carry out locally and may include activities overseas.

Interested parties should have a proven track record and will be expected to work under their own initiative and in dialogue with the Council. Expertise in areas including but not limited to:

  •       Business Development
  •       Higher Education and Research
  •       Climate Change
  •       Environment
  •       Water
  •       Transport
  •       Sustainable Development
  •       Building Strategic Partnerships
  •       Other

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application documents electronically to paradise.mcst@gov.mt with “Call for Evaluators in PARADISE CALL” as a subject heading. Interested Evaluators are requested to submit their response and all relevant documents by not later than If selected, the agreement shall run for a period of one year.

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UfM Grant Scheme for employment promotion - Regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Source of Funding: UfM

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are enormous and have led to unprecedented economic shocks that are directly felt by households worldwide. According to the ILO, ca. 94 % of the worldwide labour force lives and works in countries that are affected by company closures. The economic crisis will account for a loss of working hours equivalent to 305 million full-time employees.

In the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to undo years of economic development.

With the Mediterranean citizens at risk of losing their employment and livelihood, they are forced to adapt to a new world of work and economic activity. People already more vulnerable to economic shocks and restricted mobility, such as informal workers, blue-collar workers, youth and women, are specially affected.

At the same time, the crisis can also be the starting point to develop new ways of working as well as new forms of training and education.

Goal

With the UfM Grant Scheme for employment promotion – Regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UfM is actively supporting non-profit organizations in the Mediterranean that work to give people opportunities in view of the COVID-19-induced economic crisis. It focuses on projects that enable people to find jobs, continue to gain a living and improve their work and living conditions. At the same time, we seek to support projects that encourage entrepreneurship and improve the business climate for Micro-, Small and Medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as crucial providers of employment in the Mediterranean region.

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ERC Advanced Grant

Source of Funding: Horizon 2020

ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.


PARSEC Accelerator for EO applications

Source of Funding: PARSEC Accelerator

PARSEC is a business accelerator supporting the creation of new Earth Observation (EO) based products and services. The accelerator targets SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs and researchers who want to have an impact on the emerging Food, Energy and Environment sectors. With the support of PARSEC, their ideas will be developed into solutions fuelled by the benefits of EO.

The second Open Call aims to find the best 15 consortia that will join the PARSEC second stage and have access to 100.000€ each (maximum 50.000€ per partner) and business support services such as the investment readiness programme, coaching and export promotion training.

The PARSEC Open Call 2 “Call for consortia” application period is open from 30 March until 20 June 2020 at 17:00 CET 

The Accelerator second stage will run from September 2020 until October 2021 and the winners will see their new products or services launched into the market. The accelerator is funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Link to website and application form can be found on the link below.


ENI CBC Med Programme 2014-2020 | Call for proposals for Capitalisation Projects

Source of Funding: The Territorial Cooperation Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division, MFEA

The Territorial Cooperation Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division, MFEA, would like to inform that the call for proposals for capitalisation projects under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 is open until the 28th July 2020. This call has a budgetary allocation of €11M, which may potentially be extended to €15.2M. This call shall focus on the following Priority Objectives:

  •  Support innovative start-up and recently established enterprises
  • Strengthen and support euro-Mediterranean networks, clusters, consortia and value chains in traditional sectors and non-traditional sectors
  • Encourage sustainable tourism initiatives and actions
  • Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
  • Support SMEs in accessing research and innovation, also through clustering
  • Provide young people, especially those belonging to the NEETS, and women, with marketable skills
  • Support social and solidarity economic actors
  • Water management - Support sustainable initiatives targeting innovative and technological solutions to increase water efficiency
  • Waste treatment and recycling - Reduce municipal waste generation, promote source-separated collection and its optimal exploitation
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency - Support cost-effective and innovative energy rehabilitations relevant to building types and climatic zones, with a focus on public buildings
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management – approach to ICZM into local development planning

Eligible beneficiaries include public authorities, bodies governed by public law, private institutions and international organisations operating in the Programme's eligible area.


Voluntiera Malta – Civil Society Fund 2020

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Voluntary Sector

The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are considered to be the backbone of any democratic society. According to the European Commission, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) encompasses non-governmental organisations (voluntary organisations), grassroots organisations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, universities, media and independent foundations.

CSOs often fail to adopt an active role at European Union (EU) level primarily because of financial restraints. As a result, the government is committed to provide financial incentives to support CSOs engagement in activities with other organisations not only at a local level but also at a European level with the aim to encourage the exchange of best practices, knowledge and information amongst organisations at a local and at an international level.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the following Guidelines thoroughly in order to avoid submitting ineligible applications.

Purpose of the Civil Society Fund

This call for proposals is intended to provide successful applicants with financial assistance for the purpose of facilitating their affiliation with and participation in European groupings, associations, federations, confederation networks, and training related to EU Policy/Programmes.

The objectives of the Civil Society Fund (CSF) are the following:

  1. To assist CSOs to keep abreast with the developments occurring at EU level;
  2. To enable CSOs to better educate their members on EU matters related to their respective fields of competence; and
  3. To enable CSOs to participate effectively in the decision-making process at European level.

Eligible Actions

Interested applicants may submit a proposal that corresponds to the following eligible actions:

Action 1: The affiliation of CSOs to European umbrella organisations, grouping, federations, confederations or networks.

and/or

Action 2: Attendance at conferences, seminars and meetings abroad in relation to affiliations in European umbrella organisations, groupings, federations, confederations or networks and participation in Training Abroad related to EU Policy or Programmes.

Allocation of these funds shall be at the discretion of the evaluation committee responsible for allocating funds. The Committee will award the funds on the basis of the merits of the proposal submitted by the CSO according to the eligibility and selection criteria established in these Guidelines.


Voluntiera Malta – NGO Co-Financing Fund and Society Fund 2020

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Voluntary Sector

The NGO Co-Financing Fund is intended to assist NGOs which are capable of managing specific project development issues but not necessarily well equipped to deal with the demands of the required financial element stipulated under the respective EU Funded Programme that the beneficiary had applied for. The co-financing funds are intended to complement and not replace existing activities supported by EU funding.

The NGO Co-Financing Fund shall not be considered as proof for co-financing when applying for EU Funded Projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Being a Voluntary Organization in possession of a valid Voluntary Organization Certificate number and being financially involved in the implementation and the co-financing, even as a partner, of a European Funded Project in the past year.

Excluding Criteria

  • Project Closure Report dated later than one year from submitting the application for the NGO co-Financing Fund.
  • Failure to honour obligations agreed to in the Contract signed with the NGO Co-Financing Fund.
  • European Funding awarded for the project is already considered as covering 100% of the eligible expenditures.
  • Project not yet approved from relevant Managing Authority.
Terms of Reference
  • Once the online application has been properly filled in, the system will automatically generate an estimated value of the potential grant to be awarded. The application will subsequently be evaluated by an independent Board to validate the provided information and issue the Grant.
  • The Grant will be issued in two equal instalments, 50% at the awarding stage upon the signature of a Contract with the NGO Co-Financing Fund Board and a second 50% upon submission of a valid Closure Report endorsed by the relevant Competent Authority.
  • The submitted Closure Report will be evaluated by the NGO Co-Financing Fund Board and a proportionate reduction to the NGO Co-Financing Fund Grant will apply in the circumstances where there will be a deduction in the Project Eligible Value.
  • Should the Closure Report be submitted at the application stage, the Grant shall be issued in full. The Grant will remain subject to the conditions agreed to in the Contract with the NGO Co-Financing Board.

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​.


IPAS+ Internationalisation Pertnership Awards Scheme Plus 2020

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 deadlines for submission are the following:

Option A: midnight on Friday 3rd July 2020

and;

Option B: midnight on, Friday 15th May 2020, Monday 15th June 2020 and Friday 3rd July 2020.

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