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Applications open for startups that fight to cope with Water Scarcity in Southern Europe!

Source of Funding: EIT Food

Description: The initiative seeks to promote 30 businesses that, through technological and social innovations as well as new services, provide tools to face the increasing issue of water access. The programme will provide training and mentoring, as well as economically rewarding the six best European projects.


OPENING OF CALL: Sino-Malta Fund

Source of Funding: MCST

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce the Science & Technology Cooperation Sino-Malta Fund call is now open. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get funding for one of your projects! The thematic areas are:

  • Marine / Aquaculture
  • Transport
  • Digital Technology

Applications are invited from applicants based in Malta and have a Chinese partner already approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China.

Kindly find details and application form here:

https://mcst.gov.mt/science-technology-cooperation-sino-malta-fund/

A webinar on the Sino-Malta Fund Call will be held on Wednesday the 20th of May at 9am. Potential applicants are invited to register for the webinar via the following link by 19th May 2020 at 5pm: 

https://forms.gle/c7pppyx1cKoumN2g7

We also encourage you to make use of the Matchmaking tool on Plumtri to find partners:

https://www.plumtri.org/member/networking/2

The deadline for Stage 1 pre-proposals is Monday 15th June 2020.


European Data Incubator (EDI) Call 3 for Startups

Source of Funding: European Data Incubator

European Data Incubator is an exciting incubation programme, supported by the European Commission, with a €5 Million fund for Big Data companies:

  • We are looking for 35 bright big data startups and SMEs from all over Europe
  • The programme runs from August 2020 - April 2021
  • Startups get
  • Up to €100K equity-free
  • Free support services and workshops by dedicated mentors
  • A free Cloud environment for scalable data processing
  • Direct access to large corporates from different sector
  • The chance to solve a real-life data challenge

Startups and SMEs can select 1 of 3 tracks available to join the programme, and can find out all about it on the below link. 

Applications are open until Wednesday 17 June at 12:00 (noon) CEST. Apply now: https://www.f6s.com/europeandataincubator2020/ 


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.


Patent Box Deductions

Source of Funding: Malta Enterprise

The Patent Box Deduction Rules, 2019 establishes a fiscal regime for income arising from patents, similar intellectual property (IP) Rights and copyrighted software.  The rules additionally provide that small companies may utilise the patent box rules on income from any intellectual property based on an invention that could be patented. A tax payer qualifying for the Patent Box deduction will be entitled to deduct a percentage of its income from taxable income. This deduction will be adjusted depending on the percentage resulting from dividing the qualifying IP expenditure by the total expenditure related to the particular IP.  

A tax payer wishing to benefit from the provisions of the Patent Box must request the determination of the Corporation.  The request must be made on the appropriate application form and must include documentation confirming the research activity carried out by the applicant and the qualifying IP expenditure being claimed. 


European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2014-2020

Source of Funding: MEAE

Rural development programmes provide co-funding for projects with economic, environmental or social objectives, primarily targeting farmers, farms and SMEs in rural areas. The budget is spent via tailor-made plans designed nationally or regionally to match local challenges and opportunities. Spending is linked to a performance framework with target indicators and monitoring, which effectively requires Member States and regions to deliver clearly defined results in order to keep the full budget allocation. On top of the additional public funding from national and regional administrations, rural development programmes also raise significant amounts of private capital, in particular for investments related to business development. 

NOTICE

(1)  Procedure for the receipt of applications during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak 
(2)   Obligatory documentation in applications during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

Further information on the below link:


MDB COVID-19 Guarantee Scheme

Source of Funding: Malta Development Bank

The MDB COVID-19 Guarantee Scheme (CGS) provides guarantees to commercial banks in order to enhance access to bank financing for the working capital requirements of businesses in Malta facing a sudden acute liquidity shortage as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
The CGS has been approved by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (European Commission Press Release​).
 
CGS is part of the wider package of Government’s COVID-19 Response Support Programme.  
 
A Guarantee Fund of €350 million has been allocated by Government for the purpose of guaranteeing loans granted by commercial banks in Malta to meet new working capital requirements of businesses facing cashflow disruptions due to the effects of the COVID-19. 
 
The CGS will enable the commercial banks to leverage Government’s guarantees up to a total portfolio volume of €777.8 million to support all types of businesses.
  
The CGS has been entrusted to the Malta Development Bank (MDB) which is responsible to develop, administer and implement the scheme. The CGS will be intermediated via commercial banks in Malta.  
 
Loans will be available from the commercial banks accredited by the MDB. 
 
Loan applications are assessed by the commercial banks in line with their credit policy criteria. Final approval rests with the commercial banks. 

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.

For further details please visit the link below:


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