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Innovation Fund for Small Scale Projects 2020

Source of Funding: Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs

The Innovation Fund's currently open call, with a budget of 100 Million Euro, was launched on 1st December 2020 and will be closing on the 10th March 2021 (17:00:00 Brussels time). Like the large-scale projects call, this call also focuses on the categories of renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage. However, for this call, projects must have a total capital expenditure costs below EUR 7.5 million but above EUR 2.5 million.

The emphasis is on truly innovative projects that are ready for commercial deployment, for instance delivering installations to a customer in a new market segment. Besides, three key activities are encouraged: products that substitute carbon-intensive ones, net carbon removal innovations and direct air capture.

The call text and supporting documents can be found from the Funding and Tenders Opportunities website: The link is provided he​re​​.

The European Commission organised a virtual conference on the 19th November 2020 from 10.00 to 11.30 CET. This conference included discussions on how the call for small-scale projects under the Innovation Fund could help them to take off and reach the market, innovation potential of clean tech projects, ability to achieve financial close faster, best practices, lessons learnt and more.

 You may find the recording of the session here.

During the above-mentioned virtual conference held by the European Commission, ‘Small is beautiful: How can the Innovation Fund foster innovative clean tech small-scale projects?’, an introduction to the upcoming call for proposals for small-scale projects was provided, together with general comparisons to the past large-scale projects call. The salient points of the call can be found in this power point presentation, used by the European Commission during the conference.

 Whilst one can obtain insight into the call through this presentation, we recommend using the official call texts as the reference documents.

On 9 December, the European Commission will be organising a webinar from 10.00 to 12.00 CET to present the key features of the first call for small-scale projects and guide you through the application process. You can follow the event via webs​treaming​. The recording will be made available afterwards. During the webinar, participants can ask their questions via Slido using the event code #IFSS.

The recording and presentations used can be found: here​

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to carefully read the call text and supporting documents at the earliest.

The National Contact Point (NCP) for this EU fund is the Funds and Programmes Division (FPD) within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs. However, FPD works closely with the relevant local competent bodies to ensure adequate consultation and coordination.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the EU Funds Programme Manager, Ms. Maria Dimech on​ maria.dimech.1@gov.mt (+356 2200 1164) keeping Director General, FPD, Inġ. Anthony Camilleri in copy,​ anthony.c.camilleri@gov.mtto obtain further guidance. 

Please refer to the national contact point (NCP) for guidance. The NCP can also assist in communication with the European Commission through the Funding and Tenders portal. Furthermore, applicants are also advised to contact the relevant national competent bodies to ensure alignment with national policies that may be applicable to their project proposal.  ​


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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The Innovation Fund has launched it's first call!

Source of Funding: European Commission

The Innovation Fund provides support across all Member States to innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive sectors that have the potential of mitigating climate change through significant emission reductions. Such funded projects are envisioned to be flagship projects and close-to-market.

The target areas are: Innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive industries, including products substituting carbon intensive ones; Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU); Construction and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS); Innovative renewable energy generation and Energy storage.

The first call is worth 1 Billion Euros and is accepting applications for ‘large-scale’ projects. This refers to projects with a total capital expenditure above 7.5 Million Euros.

In order to be eligible for funding under this call, the applicants must be legal persons, belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities or international organisations, and directly responsible for the implementation and management of the project. Forming a consortium is optional.

Only actions implemented on the territory of one (or more) of the EU Member States, Norway or Iceland are eligible for funding under this all.

Please refer to the official European Commission’s Call Text  to obtain more details such as the application, evaluation and selection procedures, including eligibility criteria, timetable, budget, methodologies and tools for performing mandatory calculations.

The deadline for submission of applications for the first stage is 29th October 2020 at 17:00 (CET, Brussels).

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the EU Funds Programme Manager, Ms. Maria Dimech on maria.dimech.1@gov.mt (+356 2200 1164) keeping Director General, FPD, Inġ. Anthony Camilleri in copy anthony.c.camilleri@gov.mt, to obtain further guidance. 

We strongly encourage relevant stakeholders and interested applicants to frequently visit the eufunds.gov.mt  website to stay updated with the latest news and information from the NCP (the Funds and Programmes Division), including notifications of information sessions organised by the European Commission.

On the 14th July 2020, the European Commission will be organising a WEBINAR covering the application procedure and general questions on the first call of the Innovation Fund.

The webinar  will take place from 14h00 to 16h00 CET and it will be webstreamed (no registration needed). Participants can already ask questions via Slido using the event code #IF1C


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

 


2020 LIFE calls for proposals

Source of Funding: European Commission

Environment sub-programme

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for environment

  • Deadline for submitting concept notes: 6 October 2020

Preparatory projects under the sub-programme for environment

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 10 September 2020

Climate action sub-programme

Climate change mitigation traditional projects​​​​​

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 6 October 2020

Climate change adaptation traditional projects​

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 6 October 2020

Climate governance and information traditional projects

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 6 October 2020

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for climate action

  • Deadline for submitting concept notes: 6 October 2020

Preparatory projects under the sub-programme for climate action

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 10 September 2020

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