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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

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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

Source of Funding:

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

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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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DIGICIRC Blue Economy Call 2021

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DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.

 How does it work?

With the second open call, DigiCirc will select a minimum of 15 consortia, composed of at least 2 SMEs/Startups, that will develop innovative solutions focused on digital technologies by addressing the Blue Economy challenges presented below. SMEs will be given the opportunity to use the DigiCirc Matchmaking Platform to look for other SMEs in case they need a partner to build a consortium.

The selected consortia will get a direct funding of up to €20.000 and the opportunity to integrate a highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long innovation support programme, divided in two phases, where they will be able to develop their business plans and adapt their solutions for the targeted area (Phase 1); and demonstrate their solutions in relevant environment as well as shape their commercial strategy (Phase 2).

At the end of the accelerator programme, the 5 best ranked consortia will be selected to receive further funding of €100.000. They will have up to 6 months to develop their prototype and make tests in an operational environment in view of a commercial launch.

What’s in it for SMEs?

● Up to €60k equity free funding per SME/StartUp
● Access to 4 Digital Tools
● One-on-One Business Coaching support
● Thematic Mentoring support provided by industry experts

 What are the minimum requirements to apply?

● Being a consortium of at least 2 SMEs or Startups (visit the Matchmaking Platform)
● Being based in one of the EU Members States or an H2020 Associated Country
● Addressing one of the Blue Economy challenges (see below)

What is the duration of the programme?

DigiCirc Blue Economy Accelerator Programme (Phase 1 & 2) will run from December 2021 to March 2022.
Demoday will be held in March 2022. The 5 consortia selected at the Demoday will then have up to 6 months, from April to September 2022, to deliver final outputs.

 Applicants must submit their proposals for one of the following challenges:

#1 Challenge: Develop solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to increase sustainability, circularity and competitiveness in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors by facing specific needs and challenges of these sectors.

#2 Challenge: Create solutions, products, services and apps to empower circularity and sustainability for coastal tourism using digitalization and digital technologies by facing specific needs or by making citizens and tourists conscious about their impact in the ecosystem to improve their habits.

#3 Challenge: Develop solutions, products, tools and services to increase efficiency, sustainability and circularity in ports activities applying digitalization and digital technologies.

#4 Challenge: Develop solutions based on digital technologies to optimize Ocean Renewable Energies operations, increasing their circularity and sustainability.

#5 Challenge: Create solutions based on digital technologies to address sustainability challenges in Maritime Transport in matters of fuel consumption and pollution, route simulation, among others.

#6 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to make shipbuilding and repair more sustainable and circular.

#7 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies and related to the circular economy for climate change mitigation and marine ecosystems protection.

Please click the below link to download application documentation.

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Development of a Crop-based Survey Approach for Pests of Citrus and of Broadleaved Trees

Source of Funding:

Call ref: GP/EFSA/ALPHA/2021/08

The main objective of this call for proposal is to identify organisations to support EFSA in the development of methodology and tools to support the MSs in the planning and preparation of crop-based surveys. EFSA wishes to identify two partner organisations for piloting and developing the methodologies in the following two lots:

Lot 1: citrus pests

Lot 2: pests of broadleaved trees.

This call for proposals, is in an innovative type of grant based on achievements of results. You can find more details on the specific objectives and the indicated deliverables for each phase in the call documents (ref. the link below).

Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals is 1 September 2021.

The link to the EFSA webpage with the guide for applicants and relevant annexes of the call is available on the below link.

In case of any queries related to this Call, please do not hesitate to address them to EFSAProcurement@efsa.europa.eu by indicating the Call reference.

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Blue Bio CoFund 2021 Call

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Call overview

The ERA-NET Cofund on Blue Bioeconomy - Unlocking the Potential of Aquatic Bioresources (BlueBio) is launching a second additional Call to facilitate research and innovation projects that are expected to deliver impacts on at least one of the following topics: 

Thematic Area

a.   Sustainable exploration of the aquatic environment and biological resources

b.    Sustainable and resilient biomass production and processing

c.    Traceability and regulatory constraints

The transnational consortium must consist of at least three independent eligible legal entities from at least three Blue Bio partner countries. All proposals must involve both research organisations and industry.

Each partner in the consortium must follow Blue Bio regulations outlined in the Call Text as well as any National Rules and Regulations. Maltese entities that wish to participate shall need to consult and abide by the National Rules for Participation – State Aid or Non-State Aid (rules can be found on the below link)

Pre-proposal Submission

The consortium coordinator must electronically submit the pre-proposal via the BlueBio submission website (www.submission-bluebio.eu) by Monday, September 20th, 2021, 13.00 CET. Detailed instructions for the use of the electronic submission are described on the BlueBio website (www.bluebio.eu). In addition, all Maltese applicants are requested to submit a National Application Form and relevant annexes, found on the following link:

International Brokerage Event

Interested applicants are invited to participate in a specific online brokerage event that is going to be spread over 2 days: 15th June 2021 (view event recording here) and 21st June 2021 (Matchmaking session; 1:1 meetings). This event will allow participants to get information about the Call and will help them form or join project consortia by meeting prospective international partners. In addition, interested entities are also invited to register on the Plumtri matchmaking page.

More information on the event can be found by following this link or by sending an email to international.mcst@gov.mt

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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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THE JPP SES IS INVITING LIVING LABS AND TESTBEDS FOR ENERGY TO JOIN THE IMPACT NETWORK

Source of Funding:

The European Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) is pleased to invite interested Living Labs and Testbeds for Energy to join the JPP SES Network. This new round has been launched on 7 May 2021 and will close for applications on 4 June 2021.

The overall objective of the JPP SES is to support transnational research and innovation activities for building a sustainable energy society. The programme aims at contributing to:

  • Advancing the green energy transition in all sectors of the energy system while ensuring security of supply;
  • Shaping new transnational business and investment opportunities by sector coupling and development of new value chains in innovative and cost-effective energy solutions;
  • Ensuring social sustainability in the development of the green energy transition.

Submission of Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest (in English) must be submitted electronically no later than 4 June 2021 13:00 CEST by filling out the application here.
Living Labs and Testbeds who have already qualified and are listed on our website do not have to submit another application. 
 
Read further on the below link.
 
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