This Forum is being launched as an interactive tool for researchers to communicate and pool ideas related to Malta's Smart Specialisation areas. Users can post questions or contributions on the areas listed below or the specific projects currently proposed for funding, and upload any documents they deem relevant.
Smart Specialisation is a strategic approach predicated upon the need for regions to concentrate resources on key areas of economic potential. It is an ex-ante condition imposed by the European Commission for all projects applying for ERDF funding.
Malta's national R&I Strategy (2014-2020) identified the following smart specialisation areas for Malta: Aquaculture, Value-Added Manufacturing, Health with a focus on e-health and active ageing, Aviation, Tourism Product Development, Maritime Services and Resource-Efficient Buildings. ICT is seen as an overarching area of specialisation.
Each of these areas has been selected for targeted investment. They represent areas of strategic economic and innovation potential where Malta has strong unique advantages which can and will be exploited. The aim is to tap into the entrepreneurial process of discovery as a means for driving local innovation and competitive advantage. A range of entities stand to benefit from these investments including collaborative partnerships, innovative public procurement, training and networking opportunities.
An Action Plan on the implementation and monitoring of the smart specialisation process in Malta is currently being finalised by MCST.
There are opportunities for entrepreneurs and industry, from small firms to large companies, to take the lead in driving these initiatives and spur the entrepreneurial discovery process. Academia, public entities, NGOs and civil society have an equally important role to play in the smart specialisation process.
Work in each of the areas is maturing and a number of projects are in the planning phase. Find out about the projects in your area of interest and engage in the process of shaping their agenda. Alternatively, propose ideas for new projects or inform us about relevant ongoing initiatives.
Join our Forum and share your views and knowledge on Malta's smart specialisation areas! To do so, kindly send an email to email@example.com specifying which area/s you're interested in. Please note that you will need to Register on PluMTri beforehand (top right link).
You can request a one-to-one briefing to catch up on the process so far and for information on a particular area by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org