The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China would like to announce that the SINO-MALTA Fund 2023 Joint Call for Project Proposals is now open for Malta-based applicants. The SINO-MALTA Fund supports research, development, and innovation projects between Maltese and Chinese researchers.

For the SINO-MALTA 2023 Joint Call, the eligible Thematic Areas are:

1. Health, with a focus on:

  • Cancer,
  • Cellular therapy,
  • Drug development,
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine,
  • Digital tools to support healthcare.

2. Green and Blue Economy Transitions, with a focus on:

  • Renewable energy,
  • Sustainable mobility,
  • Smart manufacturing,
  • Marine and Maritime technologies.

3. Digital technologies,

  • Digital technologies may remain general as a theme,
  • Digital technologies as a cross-cutting theme may be equally supported.

Proposal Deadline: 27th June, 23:59 CET

The submission process for the 2023 Call will follow a one-stage process that allows for Malta-based applicants to find China-based partners to collaborate and submit a full proposal that describes the state of the art, methodology, implementation, and foreseen outcomes.

Eligible undertakings (State Aid) as well as Public entities and Public Research & Knowledge Dissemination Organisations that do not carry out an economic activity within the meaning of Article 107 TFEU (Non-State Aid) can request up to EUR 200,000 and will need to adhere to the National Rules for Participation. The total budget for this call is EUR 600,000. The National Rules can be accessed through the relevant hyperlink.

Each applicant is required to apply using the Application Form along with any pertinent annexes and submit all documentation by the deadline to: Please access the Application Form and the following annexes through the hyperlinks: Annex IAnnex IIAnnex IIIAnnex IV, Annex V, Annex VI, Annex VII, Annex VIII, Annex IX.

Interested applicants are invited to make use of plumtri’s matchmaking SINO-MALTA Fund 2023 Call page by registering interest here:

Queries may be forwarded to the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) on

The Information Online Event was held on 12th May 2023. Refer to the presentation and FAQs for more information.

This article was last updated on: May 18, 2023