ERANETMED (Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through ERA-NET Joint Activities and beyond) aims to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges faced by the region. The project works to reduce the fragmentation of programming by increasing coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs). This project is also seen as a prelude to a longer and more stable cooperation among Mediterranean partners. The Malta Council for Science and Technology is a partner together with another 22 partners and acts as the local Managing Authority.
MCST participated in the 1st Call launched by ERANETMED with a contribution of €400,000 specifically earmarked to support local researchers. The Call targeted renewable energy, water resources and their intersection within the Mediterranean region. A number of applications were received from Maltese researchers and 2 projects with a total of 3 Maltese partners were officially selected and are currently being funded through this call.
The ARIMNet2 project (Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean; 2014-2017) is a network of funding organisations and national research institutions that promote the coordination of national research activities and identify joint research programmes to alleviate fragmentation and exploit synergies in the field of agriculture and food security. The Malta Council for Science and Technology is a partner in this project together with another 23 partners from Northern, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. It supports collaborative interdisciplinary projects based on complementarities between scientists, disciplines and countries.
ARIMNet2 also identifies scientific priorities for researchers to work on a variety of transnational research projects that contribute to address societal challenges related to food, rural development, water and natural resources that Mediterranean countries are facing today.
MCST actively participated in the second Call launched by ARIMNet2. One Maltese partner was successful in being selected for funding and is participating in one of the eleven chosen transnational projects.
MarTERA (Maritime and Marine Technologies for a new ERA) is an ERA-NET Co-fund initiated by JPI Oceans with the overall aim of strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies as well as Blue Growth. This transnational call will be supported by national and regional funding ministries and organisations from 16 countries, including support from Horizon 2020. The chosen collaborative research and innovation projects will need to fall within one of the following priority areas: Environmentally friendly maritime technologies, Development of novel materials and structures, Sensors, automation, monitoring and observations, Advanced manufacturing and production, Safety and security.
MCST is currently participating in the first call of MarTERA which was launched in the beginning of 2017. The selected research and innovation projects will be expected to start by early 2018.