Research Excellence Programme

The Research Excellence Programme is a national funding programme, which is supported through Malta Government Funds and is managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. This programme supports the early-stage development of innovative projects proposed by public entities, higher education institutes and industry players. The Research Excellence Programme is one of FUSION’s portfolio of programmes.

In line with the “National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020”, the primary aim of the programme is to spur the growth of new knowledge through experimental evidence following scientific hypotheses. This programme was designed in response to the need and desire for public and private entities in Malta to focus on early conceptual research endeavours. The programme is intended to fund projects which are still in the early stages of research, but which nonetheless boast a high degree of scientific excellence as well as national and international relevance. For projects which may be commercially applicable, this programme targets research at the initial Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) between TRL 1 and TRL 4. The scope of the programme is to provide financial support for research, development and innovation through a bottom-up approach, across a broad range of scientific areas.   The programme also aims to:

  • Form a more comprehensive Maltese R&I system.
  • Build capacity in new, multidisciplinary areas in the Maltese R&I sector.
  • Fund the initial research in products or services that could have a significant impact on industry, and which could ultimately lead to new avenues for economic growth.
  • Generate knowledge and build capacity for future areas and contribute to smart specialisation strategies and policy development.
  • Strengthen and contribute to existing collaborations.

Participation Criteria: Up to €80,000 for one Maltese Public Entity (100% funded) or for one eligible undertaking (as defined in Option A) (90% funded), in order to carry out research projects in one year. Budget: €800,000 per year

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This article was last updated on: February 7, 2024