Calls for Funding



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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Call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025

Source of Funding: EIT Urban Mobility

During 2021, the Climate Crisis and Covid-19 focused our attention on the pressing need for more action and less reflection on how we can create healthy, liveable, and sustainable cities. The Innovation Programme of 2022 is well placed to help us find practical ways to address these challenges. In 2022, our community will develop solutions and products driving the use of second life batteries, alternative energy, grid/micro-grid management, tackling last mile pollution and congestion, autonomous delivery, active mobility, sustainable logitsics, and creating dynamic shared spaces for both vehicles and pedestrians.

This year´s Call for Innovation will focus on the same four City Challenges as last year: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Energy and Mobility, and Future Mobility. Retaining the same Challenge Areas was a decision made in consultation with our community, and in considering the exceptional strength of the proposals and the quality of the partnerships received last year.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2023-2025.

Main features of the call

The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

Urban mobility challenges include issues such as equality of access, eco-efficiency, physical and digital safety, harnessing of new technologies, population growth, and air quality. Within our action orientated innovation, we also address the regulatory and behavioural changes needed to improve urban life quality.

The Innovation Programme co-creates ideas that lead to the proposal of projects, the demonstration of new solutions, the development of living labs, and the creation of commercial value.

Over 250 urban mobility challenges were identified by cities across Europe. These challenges were reworked into 9 wider ‘Challenge Areas’.

Visit the below link to read further.

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MINE.THE.GAP Project - Calls for proposals

Source of Funding: MINE.THE.GAP Project

MINE.THE.GAP provides direct financial support to SMEs through innovation vouchers. These vouchers are dedicated to strategic plan preparation, validation of ideas and proof of concept/demonstrations activities to innovate the mining and raw material value chain. They are distributed through two open calls during the MINE.THE.GAP project lifetime. The second Open Call is now open for application.

Read further on the below link.

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Public procurement of Innovation Development

Source of Funding: European Commission

The purpose of the call is to enhance the internal market through public procurement of innovation that contributes to the transition towards a more competitive, digital, greener and social economy.


The European Commission is seeking innovations that are not yet large scale commercially available but have that potential to be. To that end, this call seeks to encourage public buyers, who are ready to implement innovative technologies, to act as launching customers together with the supply side, particularly SMEs.

More specifically, the call intends to support proposals 

  • that use public procurement as a tool to foster innovation in areas of strong public interest
  • that have the potential to create a positive social impact, particularly in the areas of digital transformation, public health and green transformation

Successful proposals should contribute to capacity building and knowledge transfer on public procurement of innovation, increasing the number of procurers involved in the collaborative process and developing tools and knowledge for replication of the developed procurement of innovation.

Project budget

The available call budget is estimated at €4 000 000.

The awarding authority plans to award two to three proposals.

Download the call document from the below link.

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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:

Contact us by email on (keeping in copy) for further information and to schedule one-to-one meetings.

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AI Applied Research Grant

Source of Funding: MDIA

Part of MDIA’s budget has been earmarked for the creation of support measures for the further diffusion of innovative technology arrangements within the public and private sector in order to increase efficiency, transparency and citizen engagement.

The overall objective of the MDIA AI Applied Research Grant is to support capacity-building efforts related to Artificial Intelligence research in Malta. Specifically, this Grant aims to encourage:

  • Increased capacity for AI-related research in Malta;
  • Increased investment in AI-related R&D activities;
  • Increased adoption of AI technologies by the public and private sectors;
  • Increased collaboration between academia and commercial entities.

Indeed, the AI Applied Research Fund is in line with the AI Strategy Implementation and Governance. In terms of rationale and scope, this Grant is aligned with several of the goals of the Malta AI Strategy including:

  • Building awareness of AI and its potential benefits for society;
  • Stimulating R&D through AI-related activities;
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration between research institutions and industry;
  • Demonstrating the potential benefits of AI applications to both the public and private sectors.

In addition, this Grant aims to advance progress related to a number of Actions within the Malta AI Strategy.

The closing date for the submission of proposals is 31st March 2022. The Grant will close upon total exhaustion of funds or at the discretion of the MDIA, whichever is the earlier.

Click the below link to download the Guidance Notes and the Application Form.

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Innovation Fund - Second call for large-scale projects

Source of Funding: European Commission

The Innovation Fund’s aim is to contribute towards a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 through funding the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

It is a 25 Billion Euro Fund managed directly by the European Commission, running over the period 2020 – 2030, and issuing competitive calls at least twice a year.

It will fund the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies under 5 categories: -

  • Innovative Renewable Energy Generation
  • Energy Storage
  • Innovative Low-Carbon Technologies and Processes in Energy Intensive Industries including Products Substituting Carbon Intensive Ones
  • Construction and operation of Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Carbon Capture and Utilisation

Projects need to: have a good degree of innovation, significantly reduce GHG emissions, be sufficiently mature, have scalability potential and be cost-efficient. 

For those that are not fully mature but are still promising with respect to innovation and GHG emission abatement, the fund may also provide project development assistance (in the form of consultation) to help the project reach a more mature stage.

The Current OPEN Call has a budget of 1.5 Billion Euro and is directed towards large-scale projects i.e. projects having a capital expenditure greater than 7.5 Million Euro. This call is single-staged.

Projects must be located in an EU Member State, Norway or Iceland. 

Applicants can be private or public entities or international organisations (see call for exact definitions). A legal entity can apply on its own or within a consortium.

The EU will finance up to 60% of the project relevant costs that include capital expenditure and operational expenditure for the first 10 years following entry into operation.

The payment of the lump sum contributions will be subject to the proper implementation of the action and the achievement of the results, and the completion of the work packages. Those payments after entry into operation will be disbursed in annual instalments based on verified emission avoidance.

Before award of projects, the European Commission will consult with the relevant Member State.

The Innovation Fund will also issue a call directed towards small-scale projects i.e. projects having a capital expenditure less than 7.5 Million Euro, next March 2022.

National Contact Point: Maria Dimech, EU Direct Funds Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division; e: , t: +35622001164

The NCP website can be found in this: link.    

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COVID-19 Recovery Through Sustainable Tourism Growth and SME Support (SMP-COSME-2021-TOURSME)

Source of Funding: European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA)

Tourism has been one of the sectors most acutely, and pervasively, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel bans, lockdowns, and safety concerns all contributed to curtailing the growth and development of the tourism ecosystem across the EU, particularly for accommodation services, air travel, trade fairs and cultural events,  with serious spill-over effects on the economic outlook of the Union. On average, tourism contributes to 11% of the EU’s GDP.

While the intensive COVID-19 vaccination campaigns across Europe are enabling travelling and local tourism activities to re-commence, the crisis should be taken as an opportunity to steer the tourism ecosystem towards more sustainable, smarter and resilient practices. This call for proposals is part of the overall COVID-19 recovery strategy for a sustainable tourism ecosystem, whilst being in line with the priorities of the European Commission`s SME strategy and the updated European Industrial Strategy.

The general objective of the action is to monitor the sustainability performance of SMEs in the tourism sector, whilst boosting their awareness, development and capacity in the area of sustainable innovations.The action also aims to support tourism SMEs in developing their skills and capacities in sustainable tourism; to provide capacity building, value chain insights and technical assistance to SMEs; to develop a monitoring framework which regularly collects and makes available data on the sustainability performance of the SMEs; to foster innovative solutions for sustainable tourism; and to build effective mechanisms for best practice exchange and dissemination of transferable tools and knowledge between the SMEs, also at a European level.

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