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LIFE 2021 Calls

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 The LIFE programme is divided into two strands: one for the environment and another for climate action.

The environment strand has two sub-programmes:

  1. Nature and biodiversity
  2. Circular economy and quality of life

The climate action strand also has two sub-programmes:

  1. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  2. Clean energy transition (continuation of H2020 Energy Efficiency market uptake)

LIFE will publish two Multi-Annual Work Programmes (MAWP) for the 2021-2024 and 2025-2027 timeframes. These will include details on:

  • the four sub-programmes
  • funding allocation
  • types of projects and co-financing rates
  • submission and selection procedures, including award criteria
  • Calls for Proposals timelines

Each year, LIFE will publish Calls for Proposals for different types of projects.

From 1 April 2021, the LIFE programme will be managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

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BELLUS Call - Better Environment in Our Local Urban Spaces

Source of Funding:

A new fund by the Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) will be financing projects, programmes, and schemes with the aim of environmental protection and improving the quality of life in our islands announced Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia and ERA CEO Michelle Piccinino.

The minister explained that this multi-million fund will kick off with an initial investment of half a million in the first scheme titled Better Environment in Our Local Urban Spaces (BELLUS). He explained that the BELLUS call will be supporting environmental projects tailored towards protecting, restoring, and improving the environment. It is open to public entities, including local councils, voluntary organisations, and educational institutions.

This scheme will finance projects that contribute towards addressing national environmental challenges, thus leading to a healthier environment and an improved quality of life.

Projects must include actions that are tailored towards benefiting the environment whilst relating to the following themes:

  • Green and Blue infrastructure
  • Afforestation and environmental restoration
  • Improving the local environment, including greening urban areas and quality of the countryside
  • Biodiversity and nature protection
  • Initiatives for conservation and restoration of sensitive zones near urban zones

“We are continuing to invest in our environment, our well-being and the quality of life of all families on our islands. Our country continues to face a number of challenges, including environmental ones, which is why the need for innovative, sustainable, and green projects are more important than ever. The government is continuing to invest in the people as it has been doing for the past years, and this fund gives a chance to public entities, local councils, and voluntary organisations to come forward with their projects to improve the local environment and safeguard our islands,” the minister said.

ERA CEO Michelle Piccinino said that by this initiative, ERA will ensure the relevant implementation, promoting synergy to work hand in hand with local councils, schools, various public entities, and NGOs. This investment will bridge the gaps to enhance biodiversity and wellbeing.

The BELLUS scheme will open from 1st July 2021 until 30th September 2021. More information can be obtained by email funding.era@era.org.mt or era.org.mt.

The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) invites you to an online Stakeholder Information Session on Wednesday 7th July 2021, at 10.00am.

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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

Source of Funding:

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:

Information Session will be held on 28th July 2021, click here to register.

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Smart and Sustainable Investment Scheme 2021

Source of Funding:

  •  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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Change to Grow 2021

Source of Funding:

  • Enhanced Business Re-engineering and Transformation Scheme
  • Criteria widened to include self-employed and micro enterprises
  • Double the aid intensity cap from €5,000 to €10,000 for implemented projects
  • Specific resources will be dedicated to support scheme take-up
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Strategic Digital and Health Technologies

Source of Funding:

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. Like EIC Accelerator Open (Section II.3 of the EIC Work Programme 2021), the EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).

The EIC Accelerator Challenges is open to innovations in the specific fields of technology or application described by the specific challenges in sections III.3.1 and III.3.2 of the EIC Work Programme 2021. However, innovations that harm the environment or social welfare or that are designed primarily for military applications will not be supported.

You should apply to the EIC Accelerator Challenge – Strategic Digital and Health Technologies, if you believe that your company has the potential to be a global leader in developing strategic technologies in one of the following areas:

  • Digital technologies: devices, methods, systems as well as working principles, processes and standards1 which apply to the ICT technology industry such as advanced high performance computing, edge computing, quantum technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, block-chain, cloud infrastructure technologies and technologies for the Internet of Things
  • Healthcare technologies: AI-driven tools for early diagnosis; point-of-care diagnostics; novel approaches in cell and gene therapy, in particular for cancer; development of novel biomarkers for clinical prognosis, patient stratification or monitoring purposes across a wide spectrum of disorders; bioprocessing 4.0 (digitalisation across stages of biodevelopment in biotech/biopharma industry); healthcare intelligence services; and e-health (including mobile health) solutions for healthcare systems, medical practice and Intensive Care Units.

For further information, please see the EIC Work Programme 2021


Green Deal Innovations for the Economic Recovery

Source of Funding:

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. Like EIC Accelerator Open (Section II.3 of the EIC Work Programme 2021), the EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).

The EIC Accelerator Challenges is open to innovations in the specific fields of technology or application described by the specific challenges in sections III.3.1 and III.3.2 of the EIC Work Programme 2021. However, innovations that harm the environment or social welfare or that are designed primarily for military applications will not be supported.

You should apply to the EIC Accelerator Challenge – Green Deal innovations for the Economic Recovery, if your project supports the Green Deal implementation by significantly contributing to at least one of the following sustainability goals:

  • Increasing the EU’s climate mitigation and/or adaptation ambition;
  • Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy;
  • Transitioning of industry to a clean and/or circular economy (including waste prevention and/or recycling);
  • Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way;
  • Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility;
  • Transition to a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system;
  • Preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity (including nature based solutions that provide co-benefits for climate adaptation and mitigation);
  • Realising a zero pollution ambition and a toxic-free environment.

Within the Green Deal goals, specific priority is given to projects relating to key innovations for the green economic transition as identified in the Recovery Plan for Europe.1,2 In that particular regard, at least 50% of the companies selected for the interview phase must have submitted proposals relating to one the following areas:

  • Renewable energy, including renewable Hydrogen and energy storage
  • Deep Renovation of buildings
  • Low carbon industries
  • Batteries and other energy storage systems

For further information, please see the EIC Work Programme 2021


Horizon EURATOM 2021 Calls

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On 7th July 2021 Euratom Programme will be launching the below 16 calls. Application deadline 7th October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time.

  1. European facility for nuclear research
  2. Support for Euratom national contact points
  3. Development of tritium management in fusion and fission facilities
  4. Harmonisation of licensing procedures, codes and standards for future fission and fusion plants
  5. European Partnership for research in radiation protection and detection of ionising radiation
  6. Towards a harmonised application of the international regulatory framework in waste management and decommissioning
  7. Support for the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform to address cross-sectoral challenges and non-power applications for ionising radiation
  8. Towards a European nuclear competence area
  9. Saftey of high tempreature reactors
  10. Safe use and reliable supply of medical radionuclides
  11. Multi-recycling of spent nuclear fuel from light water reactors (LWR)
  12. Safety of operating nuclear power plants and research reactors
  13. Cross-sectoral synergies and new applications of nuclear technologies
  14. Advanced structural materials for nuclear applications
  15. Socio-economic issues related to nuclear technologies
  16. Safety of advanced and innovative nuclear designs and fuels

Click on the below link to view call details.

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FF4EuroHPC Call 2

Source of Funding:

This call for proposals targets highest quality experiments involving innovative, agile SMEs and putting forward work plans built around innovation targets arising from the use of advanced HPC services. Proposals are sought that address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains, with strong preference being given to engineering and manufacturing, or sectors able to demonstrate fast economic growth or particular economic impact for Europe. The highest priority is given to proposals directly addressing the business challenges of manufacturing SMEs.

Priority will be given to consortia centred on SMEs that are new to the use of advanced HPC services; in particular, prior involvement in the Fortissimo or Fortissimo 2 projects would require the innovation aspects for the proposed experiment to be clearly justified, the same applies for activities already funded through other programs.

Submission Deadline: 29th September 2021, at 17:00 Brussels local time

Expected duration of experiments: maximum 15 months with expected commencement 1st March 2022

Funding for Call-2: The indicative total funding budget is € 5 M.

Maximum funding request per proposal: € 200,000 (covering all participants)

Funding constraints for experiment participants (which will be Third Parties as foreseen by Horizon 2020 funding rules): The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (including any experiments selected under Call-1), is € 150,000. Proposals to FF4EuroHPC Call-2 that do not adhere to the abovementioned funding restrictions will be rejected without further evaluation.

While the participation of certain FF4EuroHPC beneficiaries in experiments is eligible, the cost of their activities in experiments must not be included in the requested funding for experiments.

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