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Malta and EU

HORIZON 2020

Details:

Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation, running from 2014 to 2020, with an €80 billion budget. It is divided into different funding opportunities in all fields of science. The funding calls are listed in the different Work Programmes, which can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html 

H2020 is open to government bodies, private entities, foundations, NGOs and SMEs. Support for SMEs has been improved via a new instrument: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/sme-instrument 

H2020 also aims to enhance EU international research cooperation, which means that international partners can be involved in the projects (conditions apply).

There are now simplified rules and grant management tools that facilitate the application process. 

Having built H2020 around the main societal challenges like an ageing population, climate change, food security, energy efficiency, etc. the EU gives great importance to integrating social sciences and humanities into the Work Programmes.

Another important priority of the European Commission is to ensure that the gender dimension is embedded in the design of Horizon 2020 project proposals. Open Access publication is also a priority (conditions apply).

The first step towards building a Horizon project consists of finding the appropriate call. In most cases a consortium will need to be formed (with another 2 legal entities from EU Member States or Associated Countries). 

The participant Manual contains all the necessary information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/docs/h2020-funding-guide/grants/applying-for-funding/find-a-call_en.htm

However, you may find it easier to contact the relevant National Contact Point and come to MCST for an introductory meeting. The list of NCPs can be found here: http://www.mcst.gov.mt/Horizon2020/Nominations.aspx 

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2166 0340

E-mail address: h2020.mcst@gov.mt

FUSION

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FUSION is Malta's national funding programme having the ultimate goal of promoting and supporting local research and innovation as well as providing the necessary assistance to enable researchers and technologists to turn their innovative ideas into a market ready reality. FUSION is supported through Government funds and managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. The programme will run from 2014 to 2020.

The main objectives of FUSION are:

  • to raise the level and profile of locally funded research;
  • to ingrain research and innovation at the heart of the Maltese economy;
  • to spur knowledge-driven and value-added growth;
  • and to sustain improvements in the quality of life.

This is done by translating research results into commercial activities that generate a multiplier effect on the economy at large. This vision also enables projects to increase Malta’s competitiveness in priority industries by enabling additional high-value, knowledge intensive employment in Malta’s priority industries. In addition, research and innovation will create further opportunities for highly qualified graduates within industry which will in turn generate other graduate opportunities in the long term. FUSION also provides a way for public and private enterprises to invest in more innovative, eco-efficient products and services. This in turn enables the Maltese economy to become more resource-efficient, competitive and attractive to foreign investors.

FUSION is composed of two main programmes: the Commercialisation Voucher Programme and the Technology Development Programme. These two programmes are designed in a way to offer the necessary mentoring and financial support to researchers and industry players to take their ideas to the market.

Link: http://www.mcst.gov.mt/all/ri-funding-unit/ri-programmes/fusion-ri-programme

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2360 2152 / 2360 2115

E-mail address: allanah.bonnici@gov.mt

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

Details:

COST is an intergovernmental framework by which nationally funded basic to pre-competitive research is coordinated on a European level to reduce fragmentation in European research investments and foster worldwide cooperation. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA). It anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of emerging countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence.

Link: http://www.cost.eu

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2200 1108

E-mail address: melchior.cini@gov.mt

Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme (IPAS)

Details:

The Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme is aimed at collaborative initiatives between local academic institutions or private entities and at least one centre of academic excellence based within the EU.

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 achieving the goals of the National R&I Strategy 2020, and to describe the potential of any activities to become self-sustaining or generate longer-term outcomes.

Proposed activities to be funded through this Award Scheme should promote internationalisation, for example, through:

  • the development of joint teaching curricula for Masters or PhD students
  • placements for local researchers in foreign institutions for the purposes of furthering research & innovation collaboration
  • the arrangement of strategic and targeted visits by local academics/researchers and representatives of private entities to foreign entities in order to participate in research & innovation activities of an exploratory and developmental nature
  • the organisation of seminars or workshops on a particular research and innovation area in Malta that would benefit from the participation of foreign experts
  • the development of transnational research & innovation proposals for submission to third party-funders, e.g. H2020, etc.

Calls for 2016 have closed. Please check this space or the MCST website for the next call.

Link: http://www.mcst.gov.mt/R_A_I/InternationalisationPartnershipAwardsScheme.aspx

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 23602178

E-mail address: mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt

JPI Oceans

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The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) is a coordinating and integrating platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries. One of JPI Oceans’ goals is to develop joint research programmes in which countries can be involved on a voluntary basis (variable geometry) in providing a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. In this regard, JPI Oceans is developing a strategy and implementing actions to align the marine and maritime research landscape. These "pilot actions", as they are called, act as early actions that aim at testing new instruments for cooperation and coordination. These actions can be fleshed out into actual joint actions and serve as trial cases for new joint actions in the future. The four pilot actions include:

  • Multi-use of infrastructures for monitoring
  • Ecological aspects of microplastics in the marine environment
  • Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining
  • Intercalibration for the EU Water Framework Directive

Link: http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/what-jpi-oceans

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2360 2152

E-mail address: allanah.bonnici@gov.mt

KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities)

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The Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) is the independent but operational part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which builds innovative webs of excellence with the intention of addressing key societal challenges. KICs themselves are highly integrated, creative and excellence-driven partnerships that bring together the fields of education, technology, research, business and entrepreneurship, in order to produce new innovations and new innovation models to inspire others. They are to become key drivers of sustainable economic growth and competitiveness across Europe.

Link: http://eit.europa.eu/activities/innovation-communities

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2360 2125

E-mail address: claire.bellia@gov.mt

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

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EEN aims to build bridges between research and the market. EEN is a business support network, initiated by the European Commission, promoting competitiveness and innovation at local level via its 600 member organisations present in over 50 countries. It offers professional support services to bridge the gap between research and the market by facilitating transnational business-business and business-academia innovation partnerships across Europe, Asia and the Americas. EEN helps companies, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), find international business partners, source new technologies, access EU funding or find a business application for a technology.

Link: http://een.ec.europa.eu/

Organisation offering: MCST/Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2360 2156

E-mail address: stephen.g.micallef@gov.mt

COSME (EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises)

Details:

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME supports SMEs in the following areas:

  • Better access to finance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Access to Markets
  • Supporting Entrepreneurs
  • More favorable conditions for business creation and growth

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/cosme/index_en.htm

Organisation offering: Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2542 0000

E-mail address: info@maltaenterprise.com

EUREKA

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EUREKA is a support initiative dedicated to applied and market-oriented R&D. The aim of this programme is for companies (mainly SMEs), research institutes and universities to work together on transnational projects in order to bring innovative products, processes and services to market. EUREKA is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation aiming to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries. The network integrates over 40 pan-European economies including Switzerland, Israel, South Korea, and Canada. The applicants define the research topic - development of products, processes and services - themselves (bottom up).

Link: http://www.eurekanetwork.org/malta/about

Organisation offering: Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2542 3443

E-mail address: oxana.mercieca@maltaenterprise.com

EUROSTARS

Details:

The Eurostars programme is a pan-European initiative co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries aimed at stimulating companies, particularly SMEs, to lead international collaborative research projects by easing access to support and funding.

Eurostars projects must be aimed at the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes or services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. These should be ready for launch onto the market within 2 years of their completion, with the exception of biomedical or medical projects, which require clinical trials. The lead-company in the collaboration must be a research-performing SME which invests 10 per cent or more of its full-time equivalent or annual turnover in research and development activities.

Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

Link: http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu

Organisation offering: Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2542 3443

E-mail address: oxana.mercieca@maltaenterprise.com

EURAXESS

Details:

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it. EURAXESS is a key initiative in supporting the commitment of the European Union to remove the barriers of free movement of knowledge within Europe; to strengthen cross-border mobility of researchers, students, scientists and academic staff and to provide researchers with better career structures. The EU portal can be accessed via the link below. 

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/

Organisation offering: MCST

Tel: 2360 2170

E-mail address: denise.bartolo@gov.mt

Get Qualified 2014-2018

Details:

The scope of this incentive is to support the personal development of individuals who aim to achieve qualifications and certifications required by industry. The incentive is applicable to students following a course of studies leading to a certification, diploma, degree or post-graduate degree courses (MQF Levels 5-8). On successful completion the student will benefit from a tax credit, hence recovering part of the costs incurred.

This incentive is mainly intended to support persons who have completed formal education and who are seeking to further their education in areas that are relevant to Maltese Industries. It has been effective from 1st July 2015 and will remain effective until 31st December 2018 or until updated or amended by Malta Enterprise.

The tax credit granted to successful students will be of 70% of the eligible costs yet the maximum value of tax credits will be capped in relation to the MQF level of the qualification.

For more detailed information on the following:

  • What qualifications are eligible and in what areas
  • Which costs are eligible for tax credits
  • Tax Credit Capping
  • Applying and claiming tax credit

kindly visit the link below and see the Incentive Guidelines.

Please note that the scheme is managed through an online system. Students should consult the list of approved courses which can be downloaded by clicking here

Link: http://www.maltaenterprise.com/support/get-qualified-2014

Organisation offering: Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2542 0000

E-mail address: info.businessfirst@maltaenterprise.com

Business START (B. Start)

Details:

Malta Enterprise, via Business START is offering seed funding for start-ups. The measure is intended to support Small Start-Up Undertakings that have a viable business concept and are in the early stages of its development. Small Start-Up Undertakings are defined as businesses employing less than 50 Full Time equivalent employees, having a turnover not exceeding €10 million and having been established for less than 5 years. Initiatives that are deemed to be economically viable shall be supported through a grant of up to €25,000.

In order to be eligible, the Small Start-Up Undertaking must be engaged in 1 or more of the following activities:

  • Manufacturing;
  • Information Technology, Digital Media and Communications;
  • Research, Development and technical Innovation;
  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences; or
  • Other start-up undertakings proposing products and/or services that can be marketed and distributed internationally and which are typically more advanced than those prevailing in their respective industry, in terms of technology, know-how and skills.

The incentive does not apply to:

  • Public Entities, such as Ministries, Departments, Entities, Authorities, Commissions, Foundations and similar organisations that carry out a public or regulatory function which does not involve the carrying out of an economic activity.
  • Undertakings that are also engaged in: real estate, gambling, financial services and/or insurance, and/or wholesale or retail trade of goods or services that do not add value in the carrying out of their economic activity
  • Voluntary Organisations

This incentive shall be available until 30th June 2016.

For more information kindly visit the link below and see the attached Incentive Guidelines.

Link: http://www.maltaenterprise.com/support/business-start-bstart

Organisation offering: Malta Enterprise

Tel: 2542 0000

E-mail address: info@maltaenterprise.com

Third Health Programme

Details:

The Third Health Programme (2014-2020) has 4 main objectives:

  1. To promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the 'health in all policies' principle;
  2. To protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats;
  3. To contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems;
  4. To facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for the Union.

To meet these objectives the programme aims to:

  • Identify, disseminate and promote the up-take of evidence-based and good practices for cost effective disease prevention and health promotion activities;
  • Identify and develop coherent approaches and implement for better preparedness and coordination in health emergencies;
  • Identify and develop tools and mechanisms at Union level to address shortages of resources, both human and financial, and facilitate the voluntary up-take of innovation in public health intervention and prevention strategies;
  • Increase access to cross-border medical expertise and information for medical conditions of low prevalence, high specialisation or rare diseases;
  • Facilitate the application of research results and developing tools towards quality healthcare and patient safety.

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/policy/index_en.htm

Organisation offering: Ministry for Health

Tel: 2299 2378

E-mail address: maria.sciriha@gov.mt