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ERC Support Scheme

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology is receiving proposals under the ERC Support Scheme. The Scheme aims to strengthen the opportunities for talented researchers to obtain grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for excellent and ground-breaking research based on researchers’ own ideas within all areas of research. The Scheme is divided into two options:

Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice.

Option B: Proposal writing trainings

The objective of this activity is to raise the capabilities of potential ERC candidates to prepare successful ERC grant applications through attending ERC proposal writing training (online or physical).

The call will be open until 12.00 CET (noon) of Friday, 20th August 2021.

For more information, kindly see the documents below and/or contact Lili Kankaya by email to lili.vasileva@gov.mt

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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2021 COMMERCIALISATION VOUCHER PROGRAMME CALL

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology is inviting new applications for funding under the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme.

The call opens on the 9th July 2021 and the deadline is midnight on the 20th August 2021.

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 ultimate 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 in order 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 2021 Call  Application” as a subject.

The Application must be dated, signed and initialised (stamped or signed) on each page 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:

  • The application form follows a pre-determined editable pdf template with fixed font and margin size
  • 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

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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Smart and Sustainable Investment Scheme 2021

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  •  To assist companies in kick-starting the investment cycle after the pandemic
  • To signal the policy direction in terms of new economic niches which the country intends to develop in line with the European Green Deal
  • Incisive aid intensity in the form of cash grants up to €50,000
  • Additional 20% support in the form of tax credits
 
The cash grant will be increased in the following instances:
  •  Investments made in Gozo,
  • Investment made by start-up companies,
  • Investments which directly create new green jobs
 
More info to follow on the below link. 
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Technology Development Programme Call 2021

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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 Midnight of Monday 5th July 2021.
  • 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.
  • Kindly note, the application form has been altered. For applicants resubmitting their proposals, ensure that the necessary information is provided.
  • More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the link below.
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STARS@UNIPD - Supporting TAlent in ReSearch@University of Padua, Italy

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The University of Padua (Italy) has just launched the third edition of the Supporting TAlent in ReSearch@University of Padua – STARS@UNIPD 2021 call for proposals. Such intramural funding Programme supports excellent 2-year research projects to be performed by outstanding Principal Investigators (PIs) of any age and nationality, choosing Padua and one its 32 Departments as their working base and committing to submit an ERC project proposal with the University of Padua as their Host Institution.

The STARS@UNIPD call aims at encouraging high quality, innovative and ambitious research in all scientific areas, offering support to ground-breaking ideas with definite potential to turn into competitive proposals for international funding, such as the prestigious European Research Council grants.

In particular, STARS Starting Grants (STARS-StG) are designed to fund promising international PIs who have been awarded their first PhD within a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 years (prior to 1st January 2021) and are about to establish their own research team and/or starting their own independent research.

Candidates may apply in one of the 27 scientific research areas corresponding to the three ERC research domains:

  • PE - Physical Sciences and Engineering,
  • LS – Life Sciences,
  • SH – Social Sciences and Humanities. 

For further information regarding the call, its annexes, and the on line application procedure, please click the below link.

The application deadline is on 12 April 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (Italy time zone).

Any further clarification requests can be addressed to the University of Padua International Research Office: talent.stars@unipd.it .

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Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) 2020

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The European Commission (EC) announced €32.7 million made available to transnational projects on migration, including integration.

The call is part of the 2020 Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) work programme, with proposals welcome under the following six topics:  

Local integration strategies through multi stakeholder partnerships, which focus on improving socio-economic inclusion and a sense of belonging for migrants in local communities. Find out more.

Reducing obstacles for migrant access to services, either through provision of one specific basic service, or through a transversal approach to accessing all basic services (such as health care, employment support, education or housing). Find out more.

Promoting migrant participation in integration policies: projects funded in this area will promote refugee and migrant participation in the design and implementation of integration and related policies at local, regional, national and European level. Find out more.

Complementary pathways to make existing legal migration channels more accessible and integration more effective for people in need of protection. Find out more.

Victims of trafficking in human beings: projects funded in this area will address assistance, support and integration of third-country national victims of trafficking. Find out more.

Migrant children's transition to adulthood: funded projects will promote the exchange of good practices and knowledge-sharing between actors supporting unaccompanied migrant children during their transition to adulthood. Find out more.

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Operational Programme II - Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

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nvesting in the Human Capital to Create More Opportunities and Promote the Well-being of Society

 ANNOUNCEMENT - CALL IV

European Social Fund

The Managing Authority (MA) for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in Malta, the Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) within the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA), would like to announce it is launching a call for project proposals. This call will close on Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at noon and will contribute to the priority axis and investment priorities listed below:

Priority Axis 2 - 'Towards a more inclusive society'

  • Investment priority (IP) 9i - Active inclusion, including with a view to promoting equal opportunities and active participation, and improving employability. This call is restricted for activities proposed by Voluntary Organisations and Social partners.

    Priority Axis 4 - 'Building the Institutional Administrative Capacity'
  • Investment priority (IP) 11iiCapacity building for all stakeholders delivering education, lifelong learning, training and employment and social policies, including through sectoral and territorial pacts to mobilise for reform at the national, regional and local levels. This call is restricted for activities proposed by Social Partners and Civil Society Organisations.

    The online application form for the submission of project proposals is available on   http://eufunds.gov.mt/opencalls (PPCD section). Supporting documentation relating to this announcement are also available on http://eufunds.gov.mt/opencalls (PPCD section).

    Further information on this call and on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 may be obtained from http://eufunds.gov.mt. Any generic queries and requests to participate in Information Sessions related to this Call can be sent to PPCD's email: info.eufunds@gov.mt until Tuesday 7th July 2020 at noon. The Information Sessions (these are repeated sessions), will be held on the following dates:

  • 10th July 2020 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • 13th July 2020 at 15:00 – 17:00

EUREKA Network Projects

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

For more information, please click on here or send an email to: eureka@maltaenterprise.com

 


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