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Science and Technology Cooperation (SINO-MALTA FUND)

Science and Technology Cooperation (SINO-MALTA FUND)

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China would like to announce that the SINO-MALTA Fund 2024 Joint Call for Project Proposals is now open for Malta-based applicants. The SINO-MALTA Fund supports research, development, and innovation projects between Malta-based and China-based researchers.

For the SINO-MALTA 2024 Joint Call, the eligible Thematic Areas are:

  1. Health, with a focus on:
    • Cancer,
    • Cellular therapy,
    • Drug development,
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine,
    • Digital tools to support healthcare.
  2. Green and Blue Economy Transitions, with a focus on:
    • Renewable energy,
    • Sustainable mobility,
    • Smart manufacturing,
    • Marine and Maritime technologies.
  3. Digital technologies,
    • Digital technologies may remain general as a theme,
    • Digital technologies as a cross-cutting theme may be equally supported.

Proposal Deadline: 19th July 2024, 23:59 CET

The submission process for the 2024 Call will follow a one-stage process that allows for Malta-based applicants to find China-based partners to collaborate and submit a full proposal that describes the state of the art, methodology, implementation, and foreseen outcomes.

Visit the below link to download application forms and guidelines.

Register for the online info session for Malta-based entities on 3rd June 2024:

Session 1: For Academia & Public Entities (10:00 – 11:00 CET)

Session 2: For Private Entities (11:00 – 12:00 CET)

Click here to register. 


Call for Proposals for Africa-Europe Research Partnership

Call for Proposals for Africa-Europe Research Partnership

Source of Funding: Africa Europe Foundation

The Africa-Europe Foundation is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to establish a multiannual research partnership from July 2024 to December 2025.

This Call for Proposals is underpinned by the “State of Africa-Europe Report 2024”, produced by the Africa-Europe Foundation and providing a unique benchmarking exercise on the implementation of the Africa-Europe Partnership, including review of the existing policy/financial commitments of the political partnership between the African Union and the European Union.

This Call invites research organisations to deep dive into 3 priority chapters from the ‘State of Africa-Europe Report 2024’, specifically the chapters on:

• Sustainable Finance;
• Climate and Development;
• Science, Education, and Culture.

The Call will serve to establish an “Africa-Europe Research Consortium”, consisting of research organisations from Africa and Europe, including think tanks, research institutes, universities as well as CSOs/NGOs and social enterprises with proven track record in research and policy.

Continue reading about this call by clicking on the below link.

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Research Networking Scheme 2024

Research Networking Scheme 2024

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Research Networking Scheme (RNS). The Scheme consists of two components, the Networking Scheme and the Open Access Journal Support . Applicants are to fill in the appropriate sections of the form; they may select one of the components or both:

Networking Scheme: opportunities for collaborative initiatives between Maltese entities and at least one foreign 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, and to describe the potential of any activities to become self-sustaining or generate longer-term outcomes. The amount of the Award under the Networking Scheme is up to €8,000.

Open Access Journal Support: this new opportunity will support researchers who have already benefited from MCST research grants to publish their research done on a peer reviewed open access journal. The amount of the Award under the Open Access Journal Support is up to €4,000.

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 networking.mcst@gov.mt keeping in copy Mr. Robert Cauchi at robert.cauchi@gov.mt with “RNS – Application 2024” as subject heading. The deadline for submission is Friday 21st June 2024 at 11.30pm. The application must be dated and signed by the applicant and the legal representative. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

An online information session with more details on the RNS call will be held on Monday 20th May 2024 at 10.00am. To register for this info session kindly press here. Additional information can be found in the documents attached to this call. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Robert Cauchi on 23602136.

Visit the below link to download the application forms and guidelines.

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DRG4FOOD 2024 Call

DRG4FOOD 2024 Call

Source of Funding: DRG4Food Project

The heart of the DRG4Food project beats for responsible data-driven solutions that empower people, champion data rights, and drive the creation of sustainable food systems. Our focus is on catalyzing data-driven innovation in the food industry, all while staying aligned with Digital Responsibility Goals and principles.

The open call welcomes multidisciplinary consortia of 2-3 entities, including startups, SMEs, research organizations, universities, technology adopters, and users in the food sector, particularly NGOs and consumer associations. Each consortium must consist of 2 to 3 partners from at least two different countries, with one partner required to be from an EU member state. Consortia are expected to demonstrate the ability to develop data-driven solutions that align with Digital Responsibility Goals and actively involve end-users in defining technical requirements and enhancing pilot project activities. Specific conditions for consortium participation apply.

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COROB Open Call 2024

COROB Open Call 2024


COROB aims to develop a flexible, cooperative and intelligent multi-robotic solution for arc welding-based manufacturing processes (joining and additive manufacturing), to offer new operational capabilities that allow to increase the efficiency and improve the flexibility of industrial processes.

The purpose of the Open Call is to integrate and test innovative solutions within the COROB project’s framework. This initiative aims to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of arc welding-based manufacturing processes by employing a cooperative multi-robot system powered by Inspection, Monitoring, Control, and AI techniques.

Visit the below website to read further on this opportunity. 

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InnoBuyer Call for EIC Solvers

InnoBuyer Call for EIC Solvers

Source of Funding: European Commission

The Open Call for EIC Solvers is an exclusive opportunity for SMEs currently or previously funded by the European Innovation Council to test and pilot their innovation and develop a solution to a concrete challenge that exists in the public domain

To apply, an EIC Solver must team up with a public organisation of their choice (Challenger) and propose both the challenge to be solved and the Solution to be developed. 

The top 4 Challenger/Solver consortia for this Open Call for EIC Solvers will get selected to join a 10-month co-creation programme, supported by the InnoBuyer team. 

Recording of the Information Webinar can be found below:

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MDIA Applied Research Grant (MARG) 2024

MDIA Applied Research Grant (MARG) 2024

Source of Funding: Malta Digital Innovation Authority

Overall Objectives of MARG

The MDIA Applied Research Grant (MARG) aims to support capacity-building efforts related to:

  • Artificial Intelligence; and/or
  • Digital Trust; and/or
  • Knowledge, Data Representation and Analysis; and/or
  • Technology for Sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG); and/ or
  • Quantum Computing; and
  • Other Emerging Technologies.

Visit the below link to download guidelines, application form and view call deadline.

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Horizon Internationalisation Partnership Award Scheme (HIPAS)

Horizon Internationalisation Partnership Award Scheme (HIPAS)

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Horizon Internationalisation Partnership Award Scheme (HIPAS).

The Scheme will support Maltese eligible entities intending to submit a Horizon Europe proposal (including Partnerships indicated in the Scheme Rules), as a Coordinator entity to engage a service provider (local or foreign) who will be supporting the applicant entity through proposal writing and submission.

Interested Applicants are to submit their application form electronically to horizon.malta@gov.mt keeping Lili Kankaya lili.vasileva@gov.mt in copy with “HIPAS – Application 2024” as a subject heading.

The call will be open throughout the year with the following cut offs:

  • 19th April 2024
  • 19th July 2024
  • 8th November 2024

Visit the below link to download guidelines and application form.

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Digital Technologies Programme

Digital Technologies Programme

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

After the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between MCST and the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), several avenues for collaboration were identified, including a dedicated thematic programme for the digital domain. The Digital Technologies Programme aims to support capacity-building efforts related to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Trust
  • Knowledge and Data Representation and Analysis
  • Technology for Sustainability and ESG
  • Quantum Computing and Other Emerging Technologies

It aims to move towards a safer and more trustworthy development, adoption, and use of digital technologies. The Digital Technologies Programme is intended to fund projects which are either early stage or applied research, hence targeting research between TRL 1 and TRL 7.

Visit the below link to continue reading and download the application forms and guidelines.

An Information Session will be held on 19 April 2024, 13:00 to 14:30 CET, click here to register.

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JPI Oceans Joint Call Consequences of Changing Marine Ligthscapes Now Open

JPI Oceans Joint Call Consequences of Changing Marine Ligthscapes Now Open

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Joint Call on Consequences of Changing Marine Lightscapes is now officially open, aiming to address critical gaps in our understanding of the drivers and ecological impacts of changing marine lightscapes resulting from both Coastal Darkening and Artificial Light at Night.

This initiative, supported by seven Funding Partners, including the Malta Council for Science and Technology, will provide funding to R&I projects focusing on the following key areas:

  • Observing changes in marine lightscapes
  • Causes of change in marine lightscapes
  • Consequences of changing marine lightscapes
  • Managing impacts of changing marine lightscapes

Entities based in Malta are eligible to request up to € 200,000 in funding so that together with their consortium they can submit a proposal (N.B. if more than one National partner is present in one consortium, the total amount of funding for the participating National partners cannot exceed the € 200,000 capping).

Visit the below link to download call guidelines and application forms.

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