–THIS CALL IS CLOSED: Next Call in 2019–

 

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the Space Research Fund 2018. The call closes at close of business hours on Monday 2nd July 2018.

 

The Space Research Fund shall provide financial support for research, development and innovation in the downstream Satellite Earth Observation (EO) sector, specifically projects that deal with the processing and exploitation of data collected through EO satellites. The call is open to all Maltese Legal Entities.

 

More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below. Prospective applicants with queries on eligibility criteria and administrative compliance, amongst others, are encouraged to get in touch at space.mcst@gov.mt

   

The Space Research Fund 2018 call for applications opens on 7th May 2018. All relevant documentation will be uploaded on this webpage.

 

In substantiating space-related awareness raising, the Malta Council for Science and Technology has sought to establish a Space Research Fund that provides financial support for research, development and innovation within the area of Satellite Earth Observation. This new funding programme, which is supported through the technical expertise of the European Space Agency through a formalised Implementation Arrangement, is indeed a modest start to capacity building within the sector.

 

The potential of Earth Observation (EO) data, including free and open datasets made available through Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation programme, can only be fully exploited by value-adding downstream services, which are tailor made to specific public and commercial needs. Such solutions, often encompassing research and development at the intersection of science and ICT, translate the unprocessed and raw data delivered from EO satellites and other in-situ sensors into information that is usable by the end user.

 

This Space Research Fund shall provide financial support for research, development and innovation in the downstream satellite EO sector, specifically projects that deal with the processing and exploitation of data collected through EO satellites. This is a concrete capacity building measure within the Maltese downstream Satellite EO sector within the prime objective of achieving a critical mass of knowledge within the sector. Grants shall be awarded on the basis of yearly competitive calls for 20-month projects.

   

The Space Research Fund was launched on Monday 7th May 2018, with the call for proposals opened on the day. All potential beneficiaries (research / public / private Maltese entities) were invited to launch event on the 7th May, which apart from information items in the morning, included pre-registered 1-1 consultation sessions in the afternoon. These sessions enabled interested applicants to informally discuss their preliminary ideas and collect key feedback before proposal submission.

 

Documents and presentations associated with this event:

Space Research Fund Launch Agenda

Overview of the Call (MCST)

Technical Presentation (ESA)

 

Pictures from the launch event: