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AIPlan4EU Call

Source of Funding: AIPlan4EU

Automated Planning and Scheduling is a central research area in AI, concerned with reasoning on a predictive model of a system to identify a course of actions that achieves a desired goal. It has been studied since the inception of the field and European research has been making strong contributions over decades.

Planning engines have now reached a maturity that makes them highly useful for real-world applications. Still, their application in practise is sometimes hindered by the fact that the planning world is quite heterogeneous, without a common programming interface that makes the technology easily accessible. Moreover, it can be very hard, even for experts, to reliably predict which technique will work well on a certain problem. Thus, it is important that a user needs not to commit to a certain technique at an early stage of adoption but can at any time easily try out and switch to other, better-suited planning technology.

AIPlan4EU aims at solving these problems: it will offer state-of-the-art planning technology through a unified API designed for practitioners and validated on practical use-cases.

Which are the goals of the AIPlan4EU project?

Following the overall vision for AI in Europe, the project will leverage the excellent research on planning technology that Europe has funded and constructed over the years by bringing it to innovators and practitioners.

AIPlan4EU is centred around 6 ambitious objectives:       

  • Making planning accessible to practitioners and innovators               
  • Facilitate the integration of planning and other ICT technologies
  • Making planning relevant in a wide range of application sectors   
  • Seamlessly integrate planning within the AI4EU platform
  • Facilitate learning of planning for up- and reskilling and lower the access barrier
  • Standardize and drive academic research towards applications

Is the project restricted to certain sectors? NO!

The design of the various activities in AIPlan4EU will be derived from user needs. So your use-case will be considered if it is relevant in the scope of AI planning, regardless of its sector.

For example, the use-cases provided by the project partners themselves are from the following areas:

  • Planning for space
  • Planning for agriculture
  • Planning for manufacturing
  • Planning for logistics
  • Planning for autonomous driving
  • Planning for automated experimentation
  • Planning for subsea robotics
But again, these are only example areas (not taken, exclusive or mandatory). Every relevant use-case can and should apply! 

Who are we looking for?

AIPlan4EU is currently looking for individuals and companies to provide AI Planning use-cases.

The AIPlan4EU open calls aim to upgrade third parties’ capacity to leverage AI planning technology in various sectors and offer financial support for European individuals, companies and innovators to experiment in highly innovative, cross-border experiments.

You have never heard of AI planning before and are unsure whether your task is a use-case for planning? If it can be framed in some way as identifying a course of actions, it potentially is. If you need a first-contact explanation, you can have a look at our recent blog entry or some use-cases of our project partners. If you are still unsure, don’t be shy to contact us via email.

What do we have to offer?

On the third open call for use-cases, up to 5 use-case proposals will be selected and funded.

This funding consists of €1500 per use-case to attend a workshop where you will get help to further develop and specify your use-case in the context of AI Planning.

After this workshop, the use-case winners will also have the opportunity to be funded to support the use-case implementation foreseen in the future open calls. Therefore, the participants should demonstrate their long-term commitment to the AIPlan4EU research and innovation agenda.

You will receive:

  • Funding €1500 per use-case in Open Call 3 for Use-Cases.
  • The opportunity to be funded up to €30.000 to support the use-case implementation in the future open calls.
  • Opportunities to connect with users and suppliers from various industries.
  • Access to a sustainable ecosystem of stakeholders active in multiple AI Planning domains. 

How to apply

Open call #3 for use-cases is open from 9 June 2022 (12pm CEST) to 1 September 2022, 17h CEST. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

Visit the below link to read further and view the Information Webinar recording.

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PRIMA Training and Mobility Award

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is launching the PRIMA Training and Mobility Award to support opportunities for Malta-based eligible undertakings to form collaborative links with at least one foreign counterpart from any one of the 19 PRIMA Participating States. The aim of this Award is to build local capacities and establish networks that could lead to future collaborations to submit R&I project proposals under the PRIMA programme.

To receive this support, applicants shall be required to demonstrate that the scope of the proposed action is to develop effective cross-border collaborations, undertake research activities and/or training activities in the thematic areas of PRIMA, leading to the submission of a proposal to any PRIMA-related Call.

Entities established in Malta are eligible for funding with the option of requesting up to EUR 5 000 from a total Call Budget of EUR 25 000.

Visit the below link to download rules for participation and application form.

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Fusion Technology Development Programme 2022 Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

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 23:59 of Wednesday the 20th July 2022.
  • 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.
  • More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.

Visit the below download full specifications.

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Horizon Europe Calls 2022

Source of Funding: Horizon Europe

Attached please find a list of open calls per thematic area.  The attached database also include call deadlines which differ between calls.

For Horizion Europe National Contact Person for Malta please visit here.

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Commercialisation Voucher Programme 2022 Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is inviting new applications for funding under the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme. The CVP is being launched as an OPEN CALL for the first time and it will remain open between the 15th March 2022 and the 30th November 2022 (close of business). 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 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 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 2022 Call Application” as a subject. The Application must be dated and signed 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:

  • 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

Click on the below link to download rules for participation and application forms.

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MCST-TÜBİTAK Joint Call for R&I Proposals 2022

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) are relaunching the MCST-TÜBİTAK 2022 Joint Call for R&I Proposals to support cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation in the following thematic areas:

  • Thematic Area 1: Water Management
  • Thematic Area 2: Sustainable Farming Systems
  • Thematic Area 3: Agro-food Value Chain

Please visit the Call Text for more details.

Malta-based entities and Turkey-based entities are invited to jointly apply for funding to undertake a R&I project in these thematic areas.

This Call involves a one-stage submission process and submissions are to be received by the 16th May 2022 (23:59 CET).

Visit the below link to download specifications and application forms.

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PRIMA Proposal Writing Assistance Scheme 2022

Source of Funding: PRIMA

Malta-based applicants who will coordinate a project addressing a Section 1 or Section 2 topic featured in the PRIMA Annual Work Plan 2022 have the opportunity of engaging a service provider who can support them through the pre- / full proposal writing and/or submission stages.

Submission deadlines are as follows:

  • Assistance with PRIMA Section 1 proposals – 22nd February 2022 (23:59 CET)
  • Assistance with PRIMA Section 2 proposals – 1st March 2022 (23:59 CET)

The documentation associated with this scheme can be accessed through the following link.

Click here to read the PRIMA 2022 call.

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PRIMA Calls 2022

Source of Funding: PRIMA

PRIMA – Partnership for R&I in the Mediterranean – facilitates collaborative R&I in the areas of Water Management, Farming Systems and Agro-Food Chains. PRIMA operates under two main lines of funding – Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1 Calls are funded directly by the European Commission whilst Section 2 Calls are funded directly by the countries participating in PRIMA.

Project proposals address the following topics under Section 2 are eligible for funding:

Thematic Area 1: Water Management

  • Topic 2.1.1-2022 (RIA) Prevent and reduce land and water salinization and pollution due to agri-food activities.

Thematic Area 2: Farming Systems

  • Topic 2.2.1-2022 (RIA) Improving the sustainability of agro-pastoralism in the Mediterranean Region under the context of climate change.

Thematic Area 3: Food Value Chain

  • Topic 2.3.1-2022 (RIA) Enabling the transition to healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour.

For more information, to download the application form and regulations, please click on the below link.

Click here to read the PRIMA Proposal Writing Assistance Scheme call.

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FUSION R&I: Research Excellence Programme 2022 Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the FUSION R&I: Research Excellence Programme.

  • Project proposals should be sent electronically and received by not later than 23:59pm CET on Monday 28th of February, 2022.
  • This call provides financial support for the early-stage development of innovative projects, through a bottom-up approach. All scientific research areas are being considered, and for projects which may be commercially applicable, this programme targets research at the initial Technology Readiness Levels between TRL 1 and TRL 4.

More information on this funding opportunity, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found via the below link.

An online information session will be held on Monday 31st January 2022 at 1:00 pm CET. Kindly register for this info event via this link: https://forms.gle/ivQDdNj9iXNuPso86

Contact us by email on rep.mcst@gov.mt (keeping abigail.aquilina@gov.mt in copy) for further information and to schedule one-to-one meetings.

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Microbiological Hazards Associated with the Use of Water in the Post-Harvest Handling and Processing Operations of Fresh and Frozen Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (ffFVHs)

Source of Funding: European Food Safety Authority - EFSA

The main objective of this procurement procedure is to gain insights on the characteristics of the water and practices followed by the industry to maintain water quality used during the post-harvest handling and processing operations for fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs (ffFVHs).

Tender Specifications

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