2020 Commercialisation Voucher Programme Call One

2020 Commercialisation Voucher Programme Call One

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is inviting new applications for funding under the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme.

The call opened on the 13th January 2020 and the deadline is midnight on the 24th February 2020.

The Commercialisation Voucher Programme is another instrument aimed at bridging the existing gap in the R&I framework as well as improving the overall development and commercialization potential of innovative ideas. This Programme is to act as a demand side measure and entice user driven innovation, with the ultimate aim of increasing research, technological development and innovation activities, which can eventually be implemented in industry. The Vouchers are primarily intended to assist prospective applicants of the FUSION Technology Development Programme in order to prepare themselves better in terms of project proposal and validation. In some cases it may also assist beneficiaries of previous or current R&I Programmes as well as projects funded through the European Programmes. Submission, evaluation and selection of application will be in the form of a one-stage process in which a legal representative of the applicant will be asked to submit all the necessary information, to enable a decision on acceptance or rejection. The Commercialisation Vouchers are subject to a Scientific Evaluation and priority will be given to the Smart Specialisation Areas. State Aid rules apply.

Interested parties should submit their application form electronically to voucher.mcst@gov.mt with “CVP 2020 Call 1 Application” as a subject. The Application must be dated, signed and initialised (stamped or signed) on each page by the legal representative.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the timely and correct delivery of the application to the Council. It should be noted that emails larger than 6MB shall be automatically rejected by the system. File sharing software are limited to wetransfer or dropbox. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email or in writing.

Note to applicant: -The application form follows a pre-determined editable pdf template with fixed font and margin size. -Altering the parameters of the template will automatically lead to disqualification. Text should not exceed the printable area of the text boxes. -Annex I is to be used to include a clear diagrammatic representation of how the project will go beyond the state-of-the-art. Annex I should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form. -Annex II is to be used to include a reference list with full citations for each item. Annex 2 should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form. -Additional information pertaining to guidelines, rules, procedures and the application form can be found in the documents attached with this call.


  1. FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme Procedures Call 1
  2. Rules for Participation
  3. Activity Guidelines
  4. VAT Form
  5. Fusion Application Form
  6. Annex 1
  7. Annex 2

National STEM Career Expo – 21st-26th January 2020

Are you eager to discover what a passion for science and technology can lead to? Do you want to learn more about current and future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)? Would you like your children to engage with aviation engineers, VR programmers, marine biologists, road safety experts, lab technicians … and get a taste of what it means to work in these fields? In a fun way of course!

Then join us on 21st-26th January 2020 at Esplora for this first Career Expo focusing on STEM occupations!
The Expo will be open for school visits from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am until 3 pm, and for the general public on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January from 10 am until 6 pm.

Our exhibitors – private companies, research-performing organisations, government bodies and NGOs are preparing hands-on, interactive and appealing activities for the whole family to enjoy. Building, coding, quizzes, role-play games are just some of the activities that await you.
Additional activities taking place during the weekend include a STEM Game Show, a Guess Who/Hot Seat Game coordinated by JobsPlus, a mini maker space and a storytelling session for our youngest guests.

Below is our schedule for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January:
STEM Game Show (Location: Planetarium Hall) – 11.00, 14.00, 16.00
Fun and science collide in this game developed by Esplora. Choose a card and be surprised by one of our amazing experiments!

Guess Who/Hot Seat (Location: Engineering exhibition – Main exhibition building – Level 1) – 12.30, 15.30
Guess the occupation of some very interesting STEM professionals invited by JobsPlus and discover what a day in their workplace looks like!

Once Upon A Dream (for 4-7-years-olds) (Location: Little Esploras – Main exhibition building – Level -1)– 12.00, 15.00
A short storytelling session based on true stories about people who against all odds found their dream career.

And don’t forget to take part in our Competition! You can win one of three vouchers (each worth 65 euros) for a fun educational robotics kit for your family, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Robocoach. Just take a photo of your favourite stand and tell us why you liked it in one sentence, then share it on Facebook, tagging us @esploramalta.

This event is brought to you by Esplora Interactive Science Centre, which forms part of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, in collaboration with the University of Malta, the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology, the Ministry for Education and Employment, Jobsplus, the National Skills Council and Institute for Education.

The STEM Career Expo is part-financed by the Erasmus+ Project RAISE “Raising Awareness and Interest in STEAM Employment”.
For more information on the exhibitors, activities and competitions, kindly follow our National STEM Career Expo Facebook event page.

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PRIMA DAY 2020 – Internationalise your R&I ideas

PRIMA DAY 2020 – Internationalise your R&I ideas


The Malta Council for Science and Technology will be organising a one-day event dedicated to the PRIMA Programme. This aim of the event is to raise awareness about the PRIMA Programme and provide information on the upcoming PRIMA 2020 Calls.

A number of sessions focusing on proposal writing, idea generation and national / international networking will also be taking place. Interested stakeholders coming from the Public, Private and Academic sector are invited to participate and learn more on how to be part of PRIMA.

Download the draft agenda and register via this link.

The PRIMA programme is supported under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It funds transnational R&I projects in the field of Water Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Food.

Research & Innovation Day – Gozo Edition

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) are inviting business owners, business development managers, entrepreneurs, potential start-ups and government and academic representatives to a networking event to inform about several national, European (Horizon 2020) and international funding programmes that support research and innovation (R&I). MCST would also like to use this opportunity to have an exchange on the future strategies for R&I and the thematic areas such strategies could support.

To register for the event, please access the below link by the 10th January 2020.

Link: https://forms.gle/Q9g9aU1219jPsFdz7

SPEECHIE research team awarded WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy at the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

SPEECHIE research team awarded WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy at the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

Language impairment (LI) in children is often attributed to various factors including intellectual disability, autism and hearing loss. Children with LI are often faced with social communication, behavioural, educational and vocational difficulties. Although bilingualism does not cause LI, such disorders can be complicated when children have bilingual or multilingual exposure, which is a common occurrence worldwide. This has particular relevance to the language-learning context of Maltese children. LI in children can often be addressed by a customised intervention programme drawn up by a professional speech-language pathologist (SLP) on the basis of assessment and regular review of the child’s speech and language skills. However, children often lose engagement when subjected to repetitive therapy activities and lengthy assessment procedures. This impinges on the effectiveness of intervention. Within this context, a group of academics, researchers and game developers has developed a novel, multi-modal device, Olly Speaks, to facilitate language therapy for children with LI both within and beyond the clinical setting. Olly Speaks is as a smart therapeutic device that entices children to engage with the designated exercises by creating a more rewarding and motivating environment. The research team has produced a physical prototype of Olly Speaks. Evaluation studies carried out with children, parents and SLPs are indicating that the device is an effective clinical tool.


This research has been carried out as part of the SPEECHIE project, funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology through the National Research and Innovation Programme 2016. The SPEECHIE team is led by Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia, from the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Malta. The industrial partner in thIS project is Flying Squirrel Games ltd. Further project details are available at www.speechieproject.com


On the 5th December 2019, the SPEECHIE research team was awarded the WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy presented at the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019, organised by the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business. SPEECHIE was also the winner of the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019 (Technological Initiative category), organised by the same Ministry.



Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy

National Stakeholder Consultation Event

13th November, ESPLORA Activity Center, Kalkara

Do you know how the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be implemented? Do you want to have your say in shaping its implementation strategy? The current Framework Programme, Horizon 2020 is near its end and the next Programme, Horizon Europe will be launched in 2021 and last until 2027.

You will have the chance to provide your feedback and learn more about the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation during the ‘Stakeholder Workshop on Horizon Europe Implementation’ on 13th November 2019 at Activity Center, Esplora.

The various sessions will be delivered by guest speakers from the European Commission.

Due to the nature of the workshop, it is targeted mainly at Horizon 2020 applicants, successful beneficiaries and stakeholders with experience in the programme.

The event is free of charge, however limited seats are available. Kindly register before 10th November!

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIiixMwrTDbLINDbx6ESzKmQFDIQgXO7SvBZt5GsempusEKw/viewform?usp=sf_link

PRIMA Networking Assistance Scheme

PRIMA Networking Assistance Scheme

As part of the PRIMA Networking Assistance Scheme, MCST will be organising networking events in Tunisia and Turkey. The main aim of these events is to facilitate networking between Maltese and Tunisian / Turkish stakeholders that are interested in submitting joint proposals under the PRIMA Programme.

The networking events will be taking place on:

  • 6th December 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 12th December 2019 in Ankara, Turkey (latest date)

APPLY NOW – Scheme will cover related expenses of travel and accomodation.

Application Deadline – 11th November 2019

For any queries, please contact MCST on prima.mcst@gov.mt




The ELITE project brought together researchers from the University of Malta, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering with the Production Engineering Department at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Via a series of bilateral meetings, research visits, seminars, and development of teaching materials, researchers from either side greatly benefited from the transfer of knowledge and from the new collaborations which developed. This collaboration led to the submission and grant of an Erasmus+ KA2 project which extended the collaboration to another three European Universities and which will sustain and increase the internationalisation of Maltese research in Digital Manufacturing.



The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the FUSION Technology Development Programme.

• The call closes at midnight on Monday 25th November 2019.

• This call provides financial support for research, development and innovation preferably within the SMART Specialisation Areas identified in Malta’s National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020. The focus is on innovative research, knowledge transfer and establishing collaborations between (1) Public Entities and (2) Industry with the intention of commercialising the technology developed.

• 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.

• Further information can be obtained by email on rtdi.mcst@gov.mt keeping stephen.i.borg@gov.mt and melchior.cini@gov.mt in copy.

TDP 2019 Call 2 Rules for Participation de minimis Option A

TDP 2019 Call 2 Rules for Participation non state aid Option B

TDP Proposal Application Form 2019 Call 2


Expression of Interest – National STEM Career Expo

Would you like to participate?

Do you employ operators, technicians or professionals in the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)? Would you like to participate in the National STEM Career Expo?

On 21st-26th January 2020, the Malta Council for Science and Technology within the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, together with the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology and the Ministry for Education and Employment will be organising the first National STEM Career Expo at Esplora Interactive Science Centre.

During the National STEM Career Expo, students attending late Primary (Years 4, 5 and 6) will have the opportunity to meet you, the professionals working within STEM fields, and engage in hands-on activities that will help them identify the skills and competencies needed for particular STEM-related jobs.

Private entities, NGOs, government bodies and other professionals wishing to participate in the STEM Career Expo are kindly requested to submit an expression of interest, explaining their proposed interactive activities, to stemengagement.esplora@esplora.org.mt

Deadline for registration is 31st October 2019.

The Expo will be open from 9am to 3pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends.

For more information, kindly call 2360 2157.

A participation fee of 50 euros will apply (waived for non-profit organisations).