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ERC Support Scheme

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:

  1. i) Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice.

  1. ii) 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 trainings (online or physical).

The tentative dates for the upcoming ERC calls can be seen here.

For more information, kindly see the documents below and/or contact Lili Kankaya by email to lili.vasileva@gov.mt

Application form

State Aid rules

Non State Aid rules

The Scheme will close on 15th November 2022 and will have the following cut off dates:

  • 31st May 2022
  • 30th June 2022
  • 15th September 2022
  • 15th November 2022 – closing

Interested Applicants are to submit their application form electronically to horizon.malta@gov.mt with “ERC Support Scheme – Application 2022” as a subject heading by not later than noon (CET) of 15th November 2022. Applications that are receiving prior each cut off dates will be processed through administrative check and evaluation immediately after each cut off date.

NET2HE Support Scheme

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Horizon Europe Networking Support Scheme (NET2HE).

The scheme is offering stakeholders from Malta the financial support to attend Horizon Europe networking and brokerage events held overseas in a bid to increase the uptake in Horizon Europe proposal submissions. The aim is to incentivize Maltese participation in brokerage sessions and networking events. Info Days organised by the Commission will also be taken into consideration. Travel (including travel insurance) is supported to and from European Member States and Associated Countries, a subsistence allowance will also be given, more details are found within the application form and rules for participation. Participation in Horizon Europe networking events will generate long-term outcomes leading to the formation of the consortia and/or participation in consortia capable of applying for the Horizon funding. Applicants shall submit a travel report upon completion of their trip and follow up with their National Contact Point accordingly.

An info day will be held on the 15th of July 2022 at 10.00. Register here!

NET2HE Application Form

NET2HE RFP NON STATE AID

NET2HE RFP STATE AID

Travel Report_NET2HE

NET2HE SA Declaration

For queries/applications please send email to nethorizon.mcst@gov.mt and cc tamara

EIC Support Scheme

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Support Scheme. The scheme is intended to support single companies classified as SME[1] (including Start-Ups) established in Malta, for both the short stage application and full stage application of the European Innovation Council Accelerator programme.

The applicants may select either to apply for Option A and/or B (which covers the short stage application), or Option C (which covers the full stage application) depending on the stage of their EIC application and/or project.

Short Stage Application Support

Option A – Business Coaching: Applicants may apply for a grant to recruit a business coach matching the specific industry and market context. The coach should challenge assumptions and consider new options in a learning-and-solving manner.
A maximum grant amount of €5,000 may be requested by the applicant to cover the fees of the business coach service provider.
Option B – Pitch Coach: Applicants may apply for a grant to recruit a pitch coach in preparation for the short and/or full application stage. Coaching provides applicants with the opportunity to further their communication skills, as well as develop the capacity to share the right information, engage the audience and pitch to potential investors.
A maximum grant amount of €2,000 may be requested by the applicant to cover the fees of the pitch coach service provider.

Full Stage Application Support

Option C – EIC Consultant & Proposal Writer: Applicants can engage a consultant or firm to improve opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit an EIC Accelerator proposal and who will be supporting the applicant through proposal writing and submission. The consultant engaged for EIC Accelerator proposal will focus on factors that will increase chances of winning, supporting the preparation of all the paperwork that goes with the proposal.

A maximum grant request of €10,000 may be provided to reimburse the costs related to engage the service provider.

The scheme is open as from August 2021 and interested applicants should apply with the application forms found hereunder. Applicants need to submit their completed and signed application form to MCST at any time, the received applications will be checked and prepared for evaluation at each end of the month.

EIC Scheme Application Form

EIC Support Scheme – 2022

IPAS+ Support Scheme

The Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+) 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 €5000 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.

PF2MT

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT) supports travel and accommodation expenses for experienced researchers willing to submit a proposal with Maltese entity host (Beneficiary) for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship call. The support in the form of a lump sum grant is for the participation of the researchers in the one-day MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship training held on 6th July 2022 in Malta. Researchers, from any nationality and any age, that meet the eligibility and mobility conditions, may apply through this scheme.

Eligible applicants residing in Malta will not receive a lump sum grant however they may participate in the training free of charge, following confirmation of registration.

PF2MT call will re open in 2023.

Kindly contact Ms Kankaya, should you be interested to act as a supervisor representing a Maltese entity or should you need further assistance in finding a suitable supervisor from Malta.

For further information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT) or the MSCA PF call, kindly contact Lili Kankaya as per details below:

Lili Kankaya
Senior Executive
Framework Programme Unit
Malta Council for Science and Technology
Email: lili.vasileva@gov.mt

This article was last updated on: June 27, 2022