Calls for Funding



YouStartIT - MITA Accelerator Programme

Source of Funding: MITA Innovation Hub

MITA YouStartIT Accelerator Programme, in short YouStartIT, is an accelerator programme run by the MITA Innovation Hub.  The focus of YouStartIT is on accelerating early stage startups from concept stage to prototyping and then market deployment within a 16-week period during which they are mentored, supported and guided to investor readiness.  By the end of the programme the startups will have developed, tested and deployed (or improved) their prototype, formulated a business plan and formalised into a business undertaking.  YouStartIT runs roughly twice a year offering a pre-seed investment of €30,000 and taking in five or more startups per intake. All intellectual property developed belongs to the startup.

Who can apply?

Teams of at least two individuals can apply. At least one must have sufficient technical skills to assume a CTO role in future. Startup projects must consist of a proof-of-concept with the intent of developing a prototype at “beta” version or less. If selected, you will be expected to formalise into a business undertaking registered in Malta and then follow the programme on location.

How it works?

Once a call for startup projects is open, click on the Apply button on the homepage to start the application process and get the full details. After the deadline, we will evaluate and shortlist all applications. If shortlisted, we will invite you for a short interview. Depending on project maturity, we may ask you to follow a pre-acceleration programme called Validator in preparation for the final bootcamp and pitch.

What MITA offers?

You will receive a €30,000 pre-seed, consisting of a cash grant of up to €20,000, plus €10,000 worth of pro bono services covering hands-on project support, legal, tax and incorporation services, mentorship and 24×7 access to our co-working space in SmartCity. In addition to that, tens of thousands of Euro worth of credits from AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft for Startups, Atlassian and ZenDesk.

Application deadline: please check the below link.

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NGI Trust: Privacy & Trust Enhancing Technologies

Source of Funding: NGI Research and Innovation Actions

Through an agile and flexible process, following the Horizon 2020 cascade funding mechanism, ongoing NGI Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) provide support to projects from outstanding academic researchers, hi-tech startups and SMEs.

Funding is allocated to projects using short research cycles targeting the most promising ideas. Each of the selected projects pursue their own objectives, while the NGI RIAs provide the programme logic and vision, technical support, coaching and mentoring, to ensure that projects contribute towards a significant advancement of research and innovation in the NGI initiative.

The focus is on advanced concepts and technologies that link to relevant use cases and that can have an impact on the market and society over all. Applications and services that innovate without a research component are not covered by this model.

Federated Testbeds for NGI Innovators: FED4FIRE+, application deadline: 7 September 2021

Reinforcing the European Blockchain Ecosystem: NGI Assure (NGI GO2S), application deadline 1 August 2021

Technologies Improving Search and Discovery: NGI Zero Discovery, application deadline 1 August 2021

Blockchain Technologies: NGI TRUBLO, application deadline: 10 September 2021

Blockchain Technologies: NGI ONTOCHAIN, application deadlines: 15 September 2021

NGI Experiments toghether with US Teams: NGI ATLANTIC.EU, applicaiton deadline: 15 September 2021

Consulting on Public Tendering: TETRA, application deadline: continuous submission

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Source of Funding: GALACTICA

The GALACTICA Hackathon is open to start-ups and SMEs as well as to university students based in European Union (EU27) or United Kingdom.
3 kinds of teams are allowed:

  • Student teams: 3-5 students
  • Single SME team with 3-5 people from the same company.
  • Multiple SME teams with 3-5 people from more than 1 company (all of the companies in the team must be SMEs).

Start-ups participants are eligible within this category, as they would be mostly considered SMEs.
No mixed (students & SMEs) teams are allowed.


The 2nd GALACTICA Hackathon will take place in two rounds, firstly a virtual challenge on open innovation from October 1st to 14th, and a 2nd round for selected finalists (up to 10 teams) on November 30th and December 1st 2021.
The first round will be fully online.
The second round will be held in Barcelona area (location to be confirmed and subject to sanitary conditions)

50.000€ in total prizes!
Register by 24th September on the below link to participate:
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Med Pearls: 5 New Calls for Proposals for Slow Tourism Product Creation - Egypt, Italy, Palestine, Jordan & Greece

Source of Funding: ENI CBC Med Programme

The Med Pearls project, funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme, has the goal to set up a network of 26 Slow Tourism products across 6 Med countries (Egypt, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Palestine and Spain). These products (also called ‘PEARLS’) will share similar characteristics, follow the Slow Tourism spirit and offer equivalent and fully adapted experiences in the different countries. Thus, promoting the Mediterranean in a unique platform to enjoy Slow Tourism experiences at a reduced pace.  

To this end, the project Med Pearls is issuing calls for proposals for sub-grants, aimed at the creation of new Slow Tourism products in the pilot areas of the project addressed to Destination Management Companies (DMCs) or Incoming Travel Agencies.

The following Calls for Proposals are now open:

Interested companies can download now the Applicant Package, send questions on the procedure to apply and submit their proposals via the following link:

Deadline for applications is: 30th September 2021 at 18.00h CET

Webinars will be organised early in September to support the applicants in their participation to the Calls for proposals. In the meantime, please submit your questions through the functionality provided at:

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LIFE 2021 Calls

Source of Funding: Horizon Europe

 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: ERA - Environment & Resources Authority

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 or

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

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

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

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

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 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: Malta Enterprise

  •  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: Malta Enterprise

  • 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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