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Call for Ideas towards Start-Up Actions for a PlAstic fRee heAlthy MeDIterranean SEa (PARADISE Call)

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce the call for Ideas towards Start-Up Actions for a PlAstic fRee heAlthy meDIterranean SEa – PARADISE.

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 to explore new ideas, methods and innovations that can bring changes in the manufacturing/imports/distribution, consumption patterns and life cycle of plastics. This will enable the participants to generate their ideas and carry out the necessary preparatory activities that may lead to an enhanced project proposal for Horizon Europe calls based on any actions they wish to carry out locally and may include activities overseas.

Participants need to consult the Terms of Reference applicable – State Aid or Non- State Aid and are required to submit the application form and corresponding annexes.

Correctly-filled applications should be submitted by 1800hrs on 6th November 2020 to paradise.mcst@gov.mt. Late applications will not be considered.

PARADISE Call Documents (click on below link to download the respective document)

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Research Excellence Programme

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Research Excellence Programme (REP), a National Funding Programme, is supported through Malta Government funds and managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. This programme was designed in response to the need and desire for public and private entities in Malta to focus on early conceptual research endeavours through a non-thematic based, bottom-up approach. The programme is intended to fund projects which are still in the early stages of research, but which nonetheless boast a high degree of excellence as well as national and international relevance.

The programme also aims to:
• Form a more comprehensive Maltese R&I system.
• Build capacity in new, multidisciplinary areas in the Maltese R&I sector.
• Fund the initial research in products or services that could have a significant impact on industry and which could ultimately lead to new avenues for      economic growth.
• Generate knowledge and build capacity for future areas and contribute to smart specialisation strategies and policy development.
• Strengthen and contribute to existing collaborations with local and international research centres of repute.

Budget: €250,000 per year

Participation Criteria: Up to €50,000 for one Maltese Public Entity (100% funded) or one Maltese Industrial Entity (90% funded).


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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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.

For more information please click here


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​.


1-COVID-19 R&D FUND

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology & Malta Enterprise

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

Source of Funding: Horizon 2020, Malta Enterprise

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

For more information, please click on here

 


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