Calls for Funding



EFSA Support to coordinate training courses on Dietary Exposure Assessment

Source of Funding: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Developing and implementing harmonised methodologies for risk assessment, across the EU and internationally, is one of the EFSA Science Strategy 2027[1] operational objectives. With the help of training schemes for staff and experts, EFSA is aiming at implementing this objective through the development of new capabilities to foster this framework within the EFSA risk assessment community.

It is within the mandate and mission of the Knowledge, Innovation and Partnership Management (KNOW) Unit to envision EFSA's long-term competency needs while promoting capacity building. In order to fulfil its mandate, the KNOW Unit coordinates cross-cutting scientific knowledge activities in EFSA in close collaboration with other EFSA Units, the specialised courses resulting from this call being one of these activities.


The specific objectives of the framework contract resulting from the present procurement procedure are:

  • To assist EFSA’s experts on dietary exposure assessment to develop and execute a multi-annual training programme in collaboration with EFSA’s experts on dietary exposure assessment
  • To assist EFSA’s experts on dietary exposure assessment in the preparation of the training content as well as the training materials needed to deliver the training courses
  • To facilitate the organisation and coordination of the training courses on dietary exposure assessment (e.g., management of training participants, deliver training reports).

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THCS Joint Transnational Call 2023 – Healthcare of the Future

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The European Partnership in Transforming Health and Care Systems (THCS)’s FIRST joint transnational call for proposals entitled “Healthcare of the Future” is NOW OPEN! This partnership gives the opportunity to coordinate and optimize research and innovation efforts in Europe and its partner countries supporting the much-needed transformation of health and care systems.

MCST together with 36 other Research Funding Organisations from 23 countries launched the 1st Joint Transnational Co-funded Call and will be financially supporting R&I projects addressing challenges on the following research areas:

  1. Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR): this encompasses a wide range of research activities, including policy analysis, systems thinking, and implementation science, health economics, sociology, political science, anthropology, epidemiology, and management.
  2. Health Technology Research (HTR): this includes a wide range of research areas such as medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, telemedicine, mobile health, electronic health records and others.
  3. Social, Economic and Behavioural Research: this encompasses a wide range of research activities, including sociology, economics, political, behavioural research, anthropology, epidemiology, and management, with the goal of informing decision-making and improving health outcomes.

Entities based in Malta are eligible to request up to € 500,000 in funding so that together with their consortium they can submit a proposal to this first THCS transnational call (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 € 500,000 capping).

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

Deadline for Intent to Apply letter submission – 23rd May 2023 (14:00 CET)

Full proposal submission deadline – 13th June 2023 (14:00 CET)

Click here to view the recorded session of the launch event held on 24th March 2023, and download the presentation from here.

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Seed Investment Scheme

Source of Funding: MIMCOL

The Seed Investment Scheme (SIS) has been introduced in order to help start-ups raise equity finance.

The Seed Investment Scheme offers incentives in the form of tax credits to individual investors resident in or operating in Malta, who invest in a qualifying Maltese start-up or early stage companies. The scheme offers young entrepreneurs a route to vital funding in the initial stages of their project by effectively minimizing the risk to investors.

Some important points to consider are:
  • SIS investors can receive a maximum of €250,000 tax credit in a single tax year,
  • A company can raise no more than €750,000 in total via SIS investment.
  • Investors can receive up to 35% tax relief in the tax year the investment is made.
  • The company seeking investment must be incorporated and based in Malta.
  • The company must not have more than 10 employees.
  • The company must be no more than three years old.
  • The company must have assets of less than €250,000.
Most commercial activities are acceptable for SIS funding, however there are some exclusions:
  • Dealing in immovable property, shares, securities and/or other financial instruments; Dealing in goods other than in the normal course of business;
  • Carrying on banking, insurance or any other activity covered by the Investment Services Act, the Banking Act, and the Financial Institutions Act;
  • Providing legal, accounting or other professional services;
  • Activities relating to development of immovable property;
  • Receiving royalties or license fees;
  • Operating or managing hotels, hostels, guest houses or residential care homes;
  • Carrying on activities in connection with the generation of electricity and other energy sources;
  • The holding of shares, whether directly or indirectly, in any company which carries out any of the activities listed in any one or more of paragraphs above.

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Horizon Europe Hop-on Facility

Source of Funding: Horizon Europe

The Hop On Facility allows for legal entities from low R&I performing countries to join already selected collaborative R&I actions, subject to the agreement of the respective consortium and provided that legal entities from such countries are not yet participating in it. The scheme aims to improve the inclusiveness of Horizon Europe by involving more research institutions from Widening countries under Horizon Europe Pillar 2 and EIC Pathfinder actions.

Main selection criteria are excellence and added value of the new partner performing a relevant additional task in the project. All consortium partners need to agree on the accession of the new partner whereas the R&I relevance and complementarity needs to be demonstrated. The accepted application will trigger a GA amendment with the service in charge of the related topic.

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IPAS+ 2023 (Option A + B)

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 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.

Option B: opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit a 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 €6000 per Option. Some exceptions regarding the financial capping for Option B can be found in the rules for participation. All projects are evaluated by a selection panel set up by MCST on the basis of evaluation criteria outlined in the Call text.

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MCST-TUBITAK 2023 Joint Call for R&I Proposals

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 2023 Joint Call for R&I Proposals to support cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation in the following thematic areas:

  • PRIMA Programme Thematic fields (Water management, Sustainable Farming systems, Agro-food value chain)
  • Digital Technologies
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Health

Visit the below link for further information, to download the call application forms and guidelines.


An online information event is going to be jointly organised on the 17th of March 2023 at 10.00 (CET). Interested Malta-based and Turkey-based entities are encouraged to register for this event here to learn more about the Call and about partner searching. The agenda and Zoom link will be directly sent to registrants.

For more information on the Online Event and/or for assistance with the Call Documentation, please contact the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) on / 0035623602152.

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COST Action Call 2023

Source of Funding: COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The Open Call Action proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure is fully science and technology-driven and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive proposal evaluation and selection process, reflecting the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST.

Participants planning to submit a proposal for a COST Action will need to refer to the SESA guidelines and to the Open Call Announcement available on the below link.

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InnoBuyer Call - Fast Track to Innovation Procurement

Source of Funding: European Union

In a world of never-ending changes, your organisation's capacity to quickly answer to new challenges is key for its success. But these challenges can be so specific that you may not have the expertise and resources to address them, nor find a suitable external solution for your need. This is when you consider looking for an innovator to co-develop a new solution. And with this approach, a set of questions arises:

  • How do you define and describe your challenge to ensure it is properly understood by the innovator?
  • How do you find innovative companies with the best expertise and resources to solve your problem?
  • How do you monitor and evaluate the innovators’ progress?
  • And if you manage to co-develop a good solution, how do you conceptualize and create Terms or Reference for a simplified Innovation Procurement?

InnoBuyer programme will fund activities under four different actions. The Challengers selected to take part in the programme will get support from the InnoBuyer consortium to further define their unmet needs and translate them into a challenge (Action 1), that can be launched in a call for innovation suppliers/Solvers.

Once the best Solver for each particular challenge gets selected (Action 2), Challengers and Solvers will co-create and pilot an innovative solution (Action 3). If by the end of the process the solution shows promising results, Challengers will receive support to launch an innovation procurement procedure  (Action 4) for the wide adoption of the solution.

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Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership Call

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership is a Horizon Europe co-funded partnership. It constitutes a network of 60 partner institutions from 25 countries and the European Commission that enables an unprecedented effort to pool research and innovation investments and align national programmes at pan-European scale.

MCST together with 35 other Research Funding Organisations from 23 countries launched the 1st Joint Transnational Co-funded Call and will be financially supporting R&I projects addressing challenges on the following priority areas:

1. Ocean Digital Twins at sub- sea-basin scale
2. Blue generation marine structures
3. Planning and managing sea uses
4. Healthy ‘Blue Food’ under a ‘One Health’ approach
5. Enabling the green transition of ‘Blue Food’ production

Entities residing in Malta are eligible for funding, with the option of requesting up to € 500,000 to participate in a SBEP proposal consortium (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 € 500,000 capping).

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X2.0 Manufacturing and Circular Economy

Source of Funding: X2.0 Driving Deeptech Growth Project - EU Funded

X2.0 will set up custom and needs based 5 month deeptech programme. The program will tailor its services to the needs of each startup, ensuring growth, scaling up, long term impact and cross border connections. Each selected startup will be screened by Venture Capital and Innovation experts and based on their insights, validated industry experts and their services will be proposed.

What are we looking for?

10 Deeptech startups whose innovations are based on high-tech innovation or o significant scientific advances in manufacturing and circular economy domains.

Why to participate / Benefits

Innovation Vouchers to cover

  • Needs-based growth and scaling services in the max. amount of €20,000
  • 1-on-1 mentorship with experts from the field of need in the min. amount of €5,000
  • Access large-scale startup and investor-oriented events, exhibitions, and fairs in the amount of €5,000

Other Program Benefits

  • Corporate Matchmaking and procurement
  • Private Fundraising assistance
  • Custom EU funding and public procurement ecosystem and overview
  • Talent Matchmaking & Job promotion
  • Promotion & Visibility

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