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 2021 Joint Call for Project Proposals is open. The Sino Malta Fund supports research, development, and innovation projects between Maltese and Chinese researchers.

For the SINO-MALTA 2021 Joint Call, the eligible Thematic Areas are:

  • Digital Technologies
  • Health Innovations
  • Green Transitions

Stage 1 Pre-Proposal Deadline Extended: 25th May 2021, 23:59 CET

The submission deadline for Stage 1/Pre-proposal has been extended by one day because of expected electrical interruptions on the 24th May 2021, which may cause disruptions.

Application follows a two-stage submission process. At pre-proposal stage, applicants are given the opportunity to find Chinese partners to collaborate and work on a common research idea. The full-proposal stage will then allow further elaboration on 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. These 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 III, and Annex IV .

Interested applicants are invited to make use of plumtri’s matchmaking SINO-MALTA 2021 page by registering your interest here. Queries may be forwarded to the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) on

2020 National State Aid rules,  Non-State Aid rules and Application Form 2020. 2019 National State Aid rules and Non-State Aid rules.

This article was last updated on: May 19, 2021