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ERC Starting Grant 2023

Source of Funding: ERC

The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Starting Grants

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years. The maximum size of the grants is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration. (This does not apply to ongoing projects).

Additional funding up to EUR 1 000 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover the following eligible costs when these are necessary to carry out the proposed work: (a) "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment, and/or (c) access to large facilities, and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs.

Additional funding is not subject to pro rata temporis reduction for projects of shorter duration.

All funding requested is assessed during evaluation.

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigators shall have successfully defended their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2023. Cut-off dates: Successful defence of PhD between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive).

The eligibility period can be extended beyond 7 years in certain properly documented circumstances. See section Admissibility and eligibility criteria of the ERC Work Programme 2023.

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including, e.g. significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or signitficant publications in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field, or research monographs. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, or any other scientific achievements they deem relevant in relation to their research field and project.

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TDP LITE 2022 OPEN 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 Technology Development Programme LITE.

  • The call closes on the 31st of October 2022 at 23:59pm.
  • This call provides financial support for research, development and innovation preferably within the SMART Specialisation Areas.
  • The focus is on innovative research with high commercial Impact.
  • An Information Session will be held at 9am on the 28th of September. Please register at: https://forms.gle/Ev4x6Usodq5HctfRA
  • More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.
  • Please note, submission is to be done through email. File size limits may apply when submitting. Please ensure that the email does not bounce back after submitting.

Visit the below link to download guidelines.

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Sustainable Development Fund 2022


Sustainable Development Fund provides financial support to voluntary organisations engaged in sustainable development activities in order to undertake projects and initiatives in the environment, society and economy.

Through this scheme, the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise (MEEE), on behalf of the Government, offers financial support to voluntary organisations engaged in projects and initiatives in sustainable development more specifically in the environment, society and the economy.

The Sustainable Development Fund is an allocated fund of 50,000 Euros. 

The main objectives of this scheme are aimed to support voluntary organisations to undertake tangible sustainable development projects and initiatives that have the potential to cover activities and initiatives in line with the Sustainable Development Goals as indicated as indicated below.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

SDG’s  – Social

  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

SDG’s  – Environment 

  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG’s Goals – Economy 

  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call

Source of Funding: Water JPI

Thirty-Four Funding Agencies from all over Europe and abroad are pleased to announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on:

“Management of water resources: resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events and management tools”.

The joint transnational call will be launched in the framework of the European partnership Water4All and will support research and innovation projects aimed at delivering knowledge, models, approaches, tools and methodologies to better understand hydrological processes at different scale, in order to respond more efficiently to emerging water issues related to extreme events.
In line with the strategic objectives of Water4All, the results of the projects will contribute to the implementation of evidence-based, global, EU and national water management policies and strategies, within the frameworks of the Green Deal, the Water Framework Directive, Just Transition and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, governance playing a key role in water challenges, the 2022 Joint Transnational Call will seek for innovative governance models, and enhanced participation of stakeholders in water management issues related to extreme events.

Call Topics:

The call will focus on solutions for hydroclimatic extreme events, as described in the Water4All Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Theme III “Water for the future: sustainable water management”, as well as address the cross-cutting Theme VII “Governance” and Theme V “Water Infrastructures”. Research & innovation proposals submitted under the Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call are required to address at least one of the following topics:

Topic 1. Resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events

  • Addressing knowledge gaps in our understanding of the causes of water scarcity, drought events, seasonal variability in climate impacts to develop adaptation and mitigation measures, taking climate change into account.
  • Developing and demonstrating innovative (or improved) societally acceptable adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with hydro-climatic extreme events and their increase in length and duration. This includes floods and droughts, although is not limited to them, adopting a regional or a basin scale wide approach.
  • Improving resilience and adaptation capacity of water infrastructure (e.g., industrial water facilities, urban networks, wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management systems and rural systems) to hydroclimatic extreme events.

Topic 2. Tools for water management - in the context of hydroclimatic extreme events

  • Developing tools (e.g., multi-risk approach, decision support tools, monetary/non- monetary costs valuation) to support the design and implementation of strategies for adaptation and mitigation to hydro-climatic extreme events, especially floods (including “flash-floods”), heat waves and droughts in a catchment to sea perspective.
  • Generating new methodologies, tools and models for water resources assessment/modelling for water bodies in scarcely monitored /data scarce areas. A combination of physical and digital solutions is expected, and opportunities provided by citizen science should be seized.
  • “Smartening the water system” and use of innovative digitalization, including improved/new sensors, models, communications and computing technologies.

Topic 3. Improved water governance in the context hydroclimatic extreme events and international contexts

  • Undertaking an analysis and developing robust Governance models for the management of water resources in the context of extreme events, is critical increasing the decision-making capacity of institutions and involvement of citizens. This should include ways of improving coordination between water managers to increase our capacity to reduce vulnerability to extreme events, as well as effectively respond to them.
  • Addressing and encouraging international cooperation in the field of water, including management of transboundary water resources and contribution to Water Diplomacy.

Visit the below link to read further.  Malta Contact Point's email water4all@gov.mt.

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Clean Energy Transition Partnership: Joint Call 2022

Source of Funding: CETPartnership

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) is a Horizon Europe Partnership on joint research, technological development and innovation (RTDI) programming to boost and accelerate the energy transition, building upon regional and national RTDI funding programmes.

The CETPartnership Joint Call 2022 is a 2-stage call structured around 11 Call modules. The Call modules describe specific topics and/or challenges that applicants shall address in their project proposal. Applicants must choose and apply to a specific call module when submitting their project proposal. Evaluation and ranking of the project proposals will be performed separately per Call module.

The Transition Initiatives and Call Modules are as follows:

TRI 1: Integrated Net-zero emissions Energy Systems
a. Call Module: PowerPlanningTools
b. Call Module: RESDemoPowerflex

TRI 2: Enhanced zero emission Power Technologies
a. Call Module: Advancing RE technologies for power production through cost reduction
b. Call Module: Breakthrough R&D to increase RE power technologies efficiency

TRI 3: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS
a. Call Module: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS
b. Call Module: Enabling Climate Neutrality with hydrogen and renewable fuels

TRI 4: Efficient zero emission Heating & Cooling solutions
a. Call Module: Heating & Cooling

TRI 5: Integrated Regional Energy Systems
a. Call Module: Integrated Regional Energy Systems

TRI 6: Integrated Industrial Energy Systems
a. Call Module: Industrial Energy Systems

TRI 7: Integration in the Built Environment
a. Call Module: R&I in clean energy integration in the built environment
b. Call Module: Solutions to energy transition in the built environment

Entities in Malta are eligible for funding in all Call Modules, with the option of requesting up to €500,000 to participate in CETPartnership 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).

Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: 23rd November 2022 at 14:00 CET.

Apart from the pre-proposal submission by the Project Coordinator on the Electronic Submission Tool that can be accessed via the CETPartnership website, each National applicant shall be required to submit a National Application Form to eusubmissions.mcst@gov.mt by 23rd November 2022 at 23:59 CET.

For further information please contact programme officer Ms. Martina Vella on martina.vella.5@gov.mt and (+356) 23602113 or on eusubmission.mcst@gov.mt.

To download call documentation please visit the below link.

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INTERNATIONALISATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS SCHEME PLUS (IPAS+) CALL 2

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.

Interested Applicants are to submit their application form electronically to Mr. Mark Farrugia at mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt with “IPAS+ – Application 2022” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is Friday 28th October 2022 at 11.30pm.

The application must be dated and signed by the applicant and the legal representative. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

An online info session with more details on the IPAS+ call will be held on Monday 26th September 2022 at 10.00am. To register for this info session kindly press here.

Additional information can be found in the documents attached to this call. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 23602178 or 23602000.

Please visit the below link to download the call documents.

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Energy & Water Efficiency Scheme for Voluntary Organisations 2nd Call

Source of Funding: The Energy & Water Agency, Malta

The main objective of this Scheme is to support voluntary organisations in reducing their overall energy and water consumption through an increase in energy efficiency, and/or reduction in water use, and/or augmentation of water supply. The assistance is intended to facilitate investment in solutions that contribute directly and tangibly towards these objectives.

Eligible Interventions are:

Category Water Efficiency and Supply Augmentation Energy Efficiency
Criteria

W1

Water Flow Reduction

W2

Reservoir Restoration

W3

Secondary Network

E1

Water Heating

E2

Equipment Efficiency

E3

Lighting Efficiency

Beneficiaries shall co-fund the investment in the interventions by financing 10% of the eligible costs.The minimum eligible cost shall be Euro 750 incl. VAT and the maximum eligible cost as described in section 4 of these Rules shall be capped at Euro 30,000 incl. VAT. The grant amount shall cover 90% of the eligible cost up to Euro 27,000 (incl. VAT).

The disbursement of the Grant shall be divided into the following stages:

Stage % of Allocated Grant
Pre-Financing 60
Final Claim 40

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Call For Innovation - Lo sport nella blue economy

Source of Funding: City of Genoa (Italy)

Applications are officially open for the "Call For Innovation - Lo sport nella blue economy", the new initiative dedicated to start-ups and SMEs developing innovative solutions in the field of marine sustainability and water sports.

The call is promoted by the City of Genoa (Italy) and developed by Job Centre, with the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and in collaboration with I3P, in the framework of the project "Towards The Ocean Race. Innovation, Sustainability, Enterprise". The project aims to use the global reach of The Ocean Race as a lever of innovation to generate products, services, and new business activities, capable of measuring up to the sustainable use of the sea while promoting its liveability, accessibility, and usability for all.

The call for proposals, fully available on genovabluedistrict.com, has a total budget of €800,000 and was created in collaboration with the team of The Ocean Race Genova - The Grand Finale 2022-23, which has the task of organising the final stage of the most famous and toughest round-the-world crewed race, which will arrive in Genoa, for the first time in Italy, at the end of June 2023, after six months of sailing and some 32,000 miles covered.

The areas of interest

The call is aimed at companies proposing innovative solutions related to the Blue Economy, within the framework of the values of The Ocean Race and sea sports. The initiative is looking for proposals for processes, products or services that make available innovations that facilitate access to and optimal use of resources, the participation of sportsmen and women in safeguarding and restoring the environment, the use of renewable energies and the reduction of the impact of materials used through design, natural composites or secondary or easily recyclable materials.

Three specific areas are considered to be of particular interest:

  • wellbeing, accessibility, usability, with the identification of systems that favour the widespread and balanced use and valorisation of the resources of the coast and the sea;
  • materials, design, reuse, with a focus on innovative and sustainable materials that can be used in the nautical sector and the circular economy in the construction of nautical and sports vehicles and equipment;
  • energy, with a focus on innovative and green propulsion systems, including in the field of sea sports.

Support for the winning projects

Applicant projects that successfully pass the selection phase will have the opportunity to access the support provided by the initiative, which consists of the following four types of awards:

  • a grant of up to €200,000 for the implementation of the proposed project;
  • an entrepreneurial development program by I3P;
  • an accompanying service by Job Centre for the participation in the Innovation Village in Genoa;
  • support for project communication within the Innovation Village.

Who can apply

The initiative is aimed at incorporated companies that fall into four categories: SMEs (registered in the business register of an Italian Chamber of Commerce), innovative SMEs, innovative start-ups and innovative start-ups with a social vocation. Those interested in participating must apply individually and by submitting a single application. To be eligible for the call, the projects must be in one of two possible stages of development: "Ready to market" or "Validated prototype". In the public notice of the call, available on the initiative's official webpage, you will find all the details on the eligibility requirements of applicants and the criteria for the evaluation and selection of candidate projects.

The call for proposals is already open and will close on September 4, 2022. Companies with an entrepreneurial project in line with the research to be applied for can visit the call's website (in Italian language), consult the notice, prepare the necessary documents and fill in the application form.

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AIPlan4EU Call

Source of Funding: AIPlan4EU

Automated Planning and Scheduling is a central research area in AI, concerned with reasoning on a predictive model of a system to identify a course of actions that achieves a desired goal. It has been studied since the inception of the field and European research has been making strong contributions over decades.

Planning engines have now reached a maturity that makes them highly useful for real-world applications. Still, their application in practise is sometimes hindered by the fact that the planning world is quite heterogeneous, without a common programming interface that makes the technology easily accessible. Moreover, it can be very hard, even for experts, to reliably predict which technique will work well on a certain problem. Thus, it is important that a user needs not to commit to a certain technique at an early stage of adoption but can at any time easily try out and switch to other, better-suited planning technology.

AIPlan4EU aims at solving these problems: it will offer state-of-the-art planning technology through a unified API designed for practitioners and validated on practical use-cases.

Which are the goals of the AIPlan4EU project?

Following the overall vision for AI in Europe, the project will leverage the excellent research on planning technology that Europe has funded and constructed over the years by bringing it to innovators and practitioners.

AIPlan4EU is centred around 6 ambitious objectives:       

  • Making planning accessible to practitioners and innovators               
  • Facilitate the integration of planning and other ICT technologies
  • Making planning relevant in a wide range of application sectors   
  • Seamlessly integrate planning within the AI4EU platform
  • Facilitate learning of planning for up- and reskilling and lower the access barrier
  • Standardize and drive academic research towards applications

Is the project restricted to certain sectors? NO!

The design of the various activities in AIPlan4EU will be derived from user needs. So your use-case will be considered if it is relevant in the scope of AI planning, regardless of its sector.

For example, the use-cases provided by the project partners themselves are from the following areas:

  • Planning for space
  • Planning for agriculture
  • Planning for manufacturing
  • Planning for logistics
  • Planning for autonomous driving
  • Planning for automated experimentation
  • Planning for subsea robotics
But again, these are only example areas (not taken, exclusive or mandatory). Every relevant use-case can and should apply! 

Who are we looking for?

AIPlan4EU is currently looking for individuals and companies to provide AI Planning use-cases.

The AIPlan4EU open calls aim to upgrade third parties’ capacity to leverage AI planning technology in various sectors and offer financial support for European individuals, companies and innovators to experiment in highly innovative, cross-border experiments.

You have never heard of AI planning before and are unsure whether your task is a use-case for planning? If it can be framed in some way as identifying a course of actions, it potentially is. If you need a first-contact explanation, you can have a look at our recent blog entry or some use-cases of our project partners. If you are still unsure, don’t be shy to contact us via email.

What do we have to offer?

On the third open call for use-cases, up to 5 use-case proposals will be selected and funded.

This funding consists of €1500 per use-case to attend a workshop where you will get help to further develop and specify your use-case in the context of AI Planning.

After this workshop, the use-case winners will also have the opportunity to be funded to support the use-case implementation foreseen in the future open calls. Therefore, the participants should demonstrate their long-term commitment to the AIPlan4EU research and innovation agenda.

You will receive:

  • Funding €1500 per use-case in Open Call 3 for Use-Cases.
  • The opportunity to be funded up to €30.000 to support the use-case implementation in the future open calls.
  • Opportunities to connect with users and suppliers from various industries.
  • Access to a sustainable ecosystem of stakeholders active in multiple AI Planning domains. 

How to apply

Open call #3 for use-cases is open from 9 June 2022 (12pm CEST) to 1 September 2022, 17h CEST. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

Visit the below link to read further and view the Information Webinar recording.

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EIT Urban Mobility Startups Funding

Source of Funding: EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is looking for startups offering innovative urban mobility solutions to create a more social and healthier environment in cities.

As an impact investor, EIT Urban Mobility invests in solutions that contribute positively to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, and climate action. Furthermore, EIT Urban Mobility encourages inclusive and gender-balanced teams to apply for this funding on green mobility.

To stimulate the talent and entrepreneurial mindset in all of Europe, EIT Urban Mobility pays special attention to startups incorporated in the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), where conservative and risk-avoiding policy-making can slow down change and innovation. After their application, startups from these countries will be invited to a specific investment committee to ensure the channelling of the additional financial support available to RIS startups.

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