Expression of interest for Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking 2016 Call

Expression of interest for Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking 2016 Call

The Research Institute for Agricultural Economics in Budapest, Hungary (AKI), is interested in participating in several topics in the currently-open 2016 Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Call for proposals. For additional information please visit:,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-BBI-JTI-2016/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc


Opening date: 19 April 2016

Deadline: 8 September 2016

Attached please find AKI’s Capability Statement. Please feel free to forward this information to any of your contacts with an interest in this call.



Cloud Forward 2016. Call for Papers now open!

Cloud Forward 2016. Call for Papers now open!

Authors are invited to submit papers related to the Topics of Interest for the Cloud Forward 2016 Conference: From Distributed to Complete Computing.


The 2016 edition of Cloud Forward will take place at Círculo de Bellas Artes  -Madrid, Spain, from 11th to 13th October 2016.

Submission deadline:  03/05/2016 Read more:



About Cloud Forward 2016 

Following the successful CF2015 conference held in Pisa in October 2015, the Cloud Forward 2016 Conference brings together experts from industry and academia to consider the future of and beyond Cloud Computing.  Based on the HOLA Cloud project and platform – which documents European research, development and innovation in CLOUDs – the conference will provide the scientific community a dedicated forum for discussing innovative architectures and services in the area of distributed computing (through the Distributed and CLOUD computing track), as well as new technologies beyond CLOUDs, requirements and future goals (through the COMPLETE computing track). The conference will focus both on research and development efforts in the domain of CLOUDs, and in future scenarios and technologies that exploit CLOUD computing as a utility, such as Internet of Things. The event will be the occasion to revise the technology roadmap released after CF2015. Integral to the conference, the work of the Clusters of experts working on ‘beyond current CLOUD’ topics will be presented. Finally, a dedicated track for SMEs will be organised to encourage innovation from research.


Important Dates

Paper submission: 03/05/2016

Author notification: 21/06/2016

Camera ready:  31/07/2016


Contact Information

CF2016 website:

Call for Papers:

For additional information please contact:





Official Ministry for Foreign Affairs Application Form for Scholarships


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Scholarships Offered by the Government of Turkey 2016?




Scholarships in Italy 2016/2017


The Italian Government is offering scholarships, carrying an allowance of €850/month each, for the following type of courses: Undergraduate University courses(renewals only), Postgraduate University courses, Master’s Degree courses(Levels I or II), Ph.D. Courses, Specialisation Schools, Research under academic supervision, Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance(AFAM), Advanced Courses on Italian language and Culture Courses for teachers of Italian as second language. These scholarships are to be availed of during the academic year 2016/17. Detailed information can be found on:

Before filling the application form students should contact the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta for details and information about this offer.


“Vecchia Cancelleria”

Piazza S. Giorgio Valletta VLT 1190

Telephone: +356 21221462 Fax: +356 21220548


Applications are to be filled directly on

The applications must be received online by Friday 15th April 2016. Moreover, one has to send all necessary documentation requested as hard copy to the Italian Cultural Institute (Attn Dr. Salvatore Schirmo). It is being underlined that only applications through this system will be considered.

The applicants’ age should not exceed 35 years.

A copy of the application is also to be sent to the Scholarship Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This can be either posted, faxed, sent by email or one can use the Scholarships website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Successful candidates may be required to enter into a contract to serve the Government or the Private Sector of Malta upon completion of the scholarship.

Applications from Government and Parastatal employees and from the Private Sector will not be considered unless recommended by their Head of Department/Employer respectively.

The Board’s decision will be final.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Scholarships Section

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street

Valletta VLT 1170


Tel: 00356 22042376 Fax: 00356 21240083 Email:

Web site:



Scholarships in Climate Action offered by the Government of Malta for Postgraduate Studies at the University of Malta

The Government of Malta, through the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, is announcing the offer of three scholarships for students wishing to engage in Postgraduate studies at the University of Malta commencing in the academic year 2016/2017. Research proposals will be considered in the following areas:

Adaptation and Building Resilience to Climate Change

Developing a Low Carbon Economy

Good Governance of Climate Action

The deadline for applications and submission of documentation to be considered for the scholarship is the 15th June 2016. Click here? for further information. 




INTERUNIVERSITY Master on Diplomacy and International Relations 2016/2017 (for Maltese citizens only) 

The public announcement for ‘Interuniversity Master on Diplomacy and International Relations’ at the Spanish Diplomatic School, for 2016/17 has been issued. The official form is to be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain: and must be submitted to the Embassy of Spain in Malta.



The Candidates will be required to enclose a Note Verbale from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta, with the completed application form and to present all the other necessary documents as required in the call for applications. The candidate must also be a member of the Maltese diplomatic service and be in possession of a diplomatic passport.



Non Diplomatic Candidates must sit an entrance examination before the 20th April 2016 at the Embassy of Spain for which all the non diplomat applicants will be called.


To make the most of this Master Programme, applicants must have a high level of Spanish which can be proved by presenting a certificate of the intermediate level of DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language). Applicants must possess at least an Honours Degree by a recognised University or equivalent and have a minimum of 7 out of 10 in his/her academic record, obtained before the 30th of September 2015.


The list of candidates accepted for the Master Programme will be published before 31st May 2016.

The registration price of the Master is 1250 euros to be paid once the final list of the candidates accepted is published.

The deadline to submit the application and all documentation is 1st March 2016. A copy of this application is also to be sent to the Scholarship Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palazzo Parisio, Merchants Street, Valletta, VLT 1171.

For more information please contact the Embassy of Spain in Malta.

Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain

Whitehall Mansions

Ta’ Xbiex Seafront

Ta’ Xbiex  XBX1026

Tel: 21317365 Fax: 21317362 e-mail:

Opening hours from Monday to Friday from 0900hrs till 1400hrs?





Maritime Law Scholarships 2016/2017 (for Maltese citizens only)  

Applications are invited from Maltese citizens for the 27th course at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta to be held from mid-October 2016 to May 2017 .

The course is at postgraduate level leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M) and places particular emphasis on the international regulatory law relating to maritime safety and port protection of the marine environment. It also covers the commercial law aspects of shipping. A unique feature of the course is the provision of comprehensive training in the development and drafting of maritime legislation.

Persons already in possession of a university degree in law with a high standard may apply.

Application forms as indicated below should be submitted to the Scholarships Section at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Valletta from 8.00a.m. to 12.00 p.m and 02.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.


(a)   MFA Application Form

(b)   a Curriculum Vitae

(c)    a copy of the degree(s) obtained;

(d)   a University transcript detailing results and grades obtained;

(e)   IMLI Application Form


Alternatively applicants can also apply through the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Scholarship portal Kindly note that this portal requires e-ID certification. E-ID registration details may be obtained from    Those applying through this portal are to make sure that (c), (d) and (e) above have to be handed in as a hard copy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Applications from Government and Parastatal employees and from the Private Sector will not be considered unless recommended by their Head of Department/Parastatal Organisation/employer respectively.

Closing date for these scholarships is by not later than noon of Friday 8th April, 2016.

Successful candidates may be required to enter into a contract to serve the Government or the Private Sector of Malta upon completion.


Late applications will not be considered.


The Board’s decision will be final.?

Please click here? to read the relevant Application Package

The ARIMNet2 2016 Transnational Call for Research Proposals will be open until 1 June 2016, 17:00 CET

The ARIMNet2 2016 Transnational Call for Research Proposals will be open until 1 June 2016, 17:00 CET

ARIMNET2 is launching a Joint Transnational Call for research projects proposals based on funds from participating countries.

It will enable collaborative interdisciplinary projects based on complementarities between scientists, disciplines and countries, and sharing of knowledge in a broad scope of research topics. It aims to promote international collaboration to create research consortia in order to respond appropriately to the global stakes and challenges Mediterranean Agriculture is facing.

The Joint Call will enable the implementation of collaborative research projects based on complementarities between scientists, disciplines, and exchange of expertise within the scope of the research themes addressed by the Call. Integrated and multidisciplinary approaches would be encouraged, as they are generally needed to address complex issues.

Each project proposal must:

  • Involve researchers from at least three countries members of ARIMNET2 (at least one from the EU/Associated Countries and one from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries) providing funds for this Joint Call. Additional researchers from other countries are welcome in a project consortium, but will have to fund their own contribution to the research project.
  • Be of a maximum duration of 36 months.
  • Be written in English, using the ARIMNET2 Application Forms provided on the submission website and details found in the ARIMNET2 Guidelines for Applicants.
  • Fit the formal requirements for proposal submission.

Selection and funding of projects under this joint initiative shall be on a competitive basis.  The total maximum National Budget for this Call is of €39,000.


Through this call, the ARIMNet2 consortium supports integrated and trans-disciplinary research projects aimed at producing innovations for enhancing the contribution of agricultural and food systems to sustainable social and economic development.


The ARIMNet2 2016 call covers two topics:

Topic 1: Promoting sustainable agriculture for socio-economic development.

Topic 2: Valorising local products through food value chains improvement.

You should submit your research proposals before 1 June 2016, 17:00 CET, on

All the informations and forms necessary for the design and submission of your research proposal can be downloaded either from the ARIMNet2 website (see below) or from the online submission platform at



Joint Transnational Research Call-2016 National Rules for Participation

Call for proposals: Blue Labs – innovative solutions for maritime challenges

Call for proposals: Blue Labs – innovative solutions for maritime challenges

This Call for Proposals (CfP) aims at promoting innovative “laboratories” (called Blue Labs) to pilot new and viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities in the blue economy. The focus of this action is to support a novel way of working, where young scientists supported by researchers, industry and local stakeholders, team up to develop innovative solutions to support the development of a sustainable blue economy, while preserving marine resources and ecosystems. In order to ensure the EU added value of supported activities, the development of solutions have to be tailored to the specific problems or needs of one or more sea basins surrounding the EU coasts (Mediterranean, Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea). The Blue Labs concept works at the interface between research and commercial exploitation so that results from research are taken forward to the market. By doing so, it aims at contributing to generate jobs and business opportunities in the blue economy.

For this call for proposals, priority will be given to Blue Labs projects aiming at developing innovative solutions relating to one of the following topics:

1. Blue (bio)remediations: to exploit new metabolites and biomolecules, enzymes and genes from micro-organisms living in extreme marine environments; to develop and test (bio)remediation measures in different areas/places, including the possible re-use and recycling of hazardous materials.

2. Marine litter: to develop new technologies, tools and products to address mitigation and management of specific types of litter, including nanomaterials, micro-plastics and explosive litter.

3. Underwater cultural heritage: to develop new services, technologies or products (e.g. unmanned autonomous vehicles/robotic systems/etc.) to discover, protect and value underwater cultural heritage.

4. Invasive alien species and jelly fish proliferation: to develop new products, services and tools to address invasive alien species and/or jelly fish proliferation in the marine environment, including early detection, prevention, mitigation and management measures. Where relevant, management may include sustainable exploitation of the resources, for example jellyfish harvesting can be used for food, health and industrial applications.

These 4 topics reflect the priorities of this year’s call. However, applicants may propose a Blue Lab project focusing on other themes or topics in so far as the general and specific objectives of this call for proposals are met and the choice is duly justified in the proposal.

Blue Lab Team Requirements

The Blue Lab project has to be developed by a team consisting of at least:

a)     post-graduate students and/or recent post-graduates (having completed their postgraduate degree within the last 4 years); and

b)     one or more researchers and an experienced tutor from business and/or public sector who will steer the work of the abovementioned students.

In addition, other students (e.g. undergraduate students) can also be part of the Blue Lab Team. The Blue Lab Team has to work in consultation or cooperation with representatives of local communities (civil society and public authorities) that are concerned by the subject of the project. Those entities and the modalities to consult or cooperate with them have to be clearly identified and explained in the project proposal.

Core activities

In order to realise the objectives, projects must implement targeted activities resulting in concrete, measurable results within the project duration of maximum two years. In particular, the new solutions developed should be tested during the project lifetime. In line with the innovative character of the solutions to be developed by Blue Labs, examples of “core activities” include:

  • Design, testing and piloting of the innovative services/products/tools to be developed;
  • Field work necessary for the development of the planned solutions;
  • Market analyses, studies and business plans;
  • Training activities; – Patents registration and deposit;
  • Legal and financial counselling (including crowdfunding and fund raising).

This list is non-exclusive and aims at providing guidance to applicants. Applicants may propose other activities they deem necessary to achieve the objectives of this action as long as the choice is justified and establishes a clear and direct link between the proposed activities and the project objectives.


The total budget earmarked under EASME for this action is €1,700,000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%. It is estimated that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between €200,000 and EUR 500,000 would allow the objectives of this call for proposals to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. EASME expects to fund 5-6 proposals.


The deadline for submission of proposals is 31st May, 2016 at 16:00h (Brussels time)


  1. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium (partnership) of organisations. One of these organisations must act as the consortium coordinator, while the others will act as partners.
  2. The consortium must consist of a minimum of 2 organisations, comprising at least:

a) one scientific/research body/institution (such as a higher education institution, research centre, technology institute) and

b) one private entity or public entity.

These 2 organisations have to be established in an EU Member State. Additional public and private partners from EU and third countries are allowed.

  1. The consortium coordinator has to be established in an EU Member State.

More information on the call is available at:  

All questions related to the call may be sent by e-mail to:, indicating as subject title the call reference “EASME/EMFF/2016/“.

Call for Abstracts: Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium, OSES 2016

Call for Abstracts: Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium, OSES 2016

Call for Abstracts: Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium, OSES 2016

TheUniversities of Malta, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Leeds and Windsor will be hosting the 3rd Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium, OSES 2016, to be held in Malta between 13 – 15th July 2016.  Focusing on energy storage and offshore renewables, OSES 2016 provides a platform for academics and industry from around the world to share the latest developments in technology, economics and policy, through presentations and networking sessions. OSES 2016 follows successful conferences held previously at the University of Windsor (OSES 2014) and at the University of Edinburgh (OSES 2015).

For further information, please refer to the event website:

Abstracts are being invited in the following topics:

Topic 1: Offshore renewable energy generation

– Wind energy

– Wave and tidal power

– Offshore solar power

– New concepts and materials

Topic 2: Offshore energy storage

– Compressed air and pumped hydro storage

– Batteries and chemical storage

– Thermal storage

– Offshore biomass systems

– New concepts and materials

Topic 3: Integration of centralised/de-centralised energy storage in electrical power networks

– Island networks and smart grids

– Interconnection systems

– Delivery of non-electrical energy services from offshore energy farms

Topic 4. Implementation of offshore renewable energy generation and/or storage projects

– Economic feasibility analysis

– Spatial planning

– Interaction with other maritime activities (including shipping and fishing)

– Mobilization, deployment, and/or decommissioning technologies for offshore energy assets 

Important dates:

  1 March 2016 Abstract submission deadline 

15 March 2016 Notification of abstract acceptance 

    27 May 2016 Last day for early-bird registration 

    15 June 2016 Paper submission deadline 

       4 July 2016 Last day for regular registration 

13-15 July 2016 OSES 2016


Please email any queries to:

Call for new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) for the creation of two new KICs: EIT Food and EIT Manufacturing

Call for new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) for the creation of two new KICs: EIT Food and EIT Manufacturing

The EIT has published the 2016 Call for new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) for the creation of two new KICs: EIT Food and EIT Manufacturing (cf. attached PDF), to add to the five already up and running in the areas of climate, digital, energy, health and raw materials innovation.

EIT Food will seek to develop innovative solutions to ensure a climate-resilient and sustainable global food value chain. EIT Manufacturing will strengthen and increase the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry.

The Call will be open until July 2016 and the winning partnerships will be announced in November 2016. The proposals to form a KIC should be submitted by partners from business, higher education and research institutions, with the aim of tackling societal challenges by developing innovative products and services. More information about the EIT 2016 Call for KICs Proposals is available at

The attached Press Release is also available in DE, ES, FR, HU and IT at



EIT’s 2016 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) Proposals

Key Enabling Technologies

Key Enabling Technologies

Energy-efficiency in buildings

Close-up on a cutting-edge sector on the occasion of COP21 – 4 December 2015

The design of buildings, the choice of materials and the used construction technologies have a crucial impact on the environment as buildings use 40% of total EU energy consumption and are responsible for 36% of greenhouse gases in Europe.

EU-funded projects aim at technologies and solutions which make energy efficiency for buildings even more attractive and show that construction can be a very forward-looking and sustainable business.

On the occasion of the COP21, CORDIS has released four ResultsPacks showcasing the latest innovations from these projects.

ResultsPack on “Renovation and retrofitting

Razing old buildings and rebuilding is not realistic from a financial, logistical and cultural heritage point of view. Renovation and retrofitting will therefore be key to reach EU targets with regard to energy-efficiency. This ResultsPack presents some of the latest breakthroughs enabled by EU-funded research.

ResultsPack on “Smart windows

Windows are one of the most determining aspects in the conception and design of energy-efficient buildings. Discover some of the most exciting technologies ranging from advanced EC film technologies to lightweight materials, quadruple glazing, energy-harvesting solutions and other innovative approaches to insulation and energy efficiency.

ResultsPack on “Better indoor air quality

Technologies guaranteeing acceptable indoor air quality in EU buildings will be key to the market success of energy efficient solutions. EU-funded projects are looking into energy-efficient solutions that also have a positive impact on human health.

ResultsPack on “Embodied energy reduction

The construction industry is one of the biggest consumers of energy and raw materials, and a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. EU research into innovative new building materials is helping the industry reduce its carbon footprint

The ResultsPacks are aimed at all actors along the building and construction value chain including local authorities, investors, architects, construction companies, suppliers of building materials, engineers and other interested parties.

They inform about new and upcoming solutions as well as the latest scientific findings and technologies in order to increase the knowledge and take-up across Europe.

Please pass on the information about these ResultsPacks to your contacts who want to build or renovate and to stakeholders in the building sector.


Key Enabling Technologies – other news items

Having a question on a Key Enabling Technologies (NMBP) topic ?

Check the Frequently Asked Questions

Discover the latest publications, events and successful projects on the Key Enabling Technologies website.


October 2015

More news and events on the Key Enabling Technologies website

EC, DG Research & Innovation

– Key Enabling Technologies (NMBP, Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing)

– Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

MCAST hosts an International Meeting on Sustainable Pollination in Europe as part of COST Action

MCAST hosts an International Meeting on Sustainable Pollination in Europe as part of COST Action

MCAST hosts an International Meeting on Sustainable Pollination in Europe as part of COST Action

Between the 4 and 6 November 2015 the MCAST Institute of Applied Sciences hosted the COST Action FA1307:Sustainable pollination in Europe – joint research on bees and other pollinators (SUPER-B) Conference, workshops and management committee meetings. This Conference was attended by experts from the thirty participating countries.

SUPER-B brings together scientific and societal communities involved in the conservation and sustainable management of ecosystem services mediated by pollinators. Pollination contributes directly to human well-being, with more than seventy of our crops needing insects for optimal pollination. The direct economic value of crop pollination by insects in the EU is more than 14 billion euro annually. Many other wild plant species benefit from animal pollinators, making pollination a key service for ecosystem and biodiversity maintenance. SUPER-B combines scientific evidence and social feedback for developing conservation strategies for pollinators. Its results are relevant to all European countries and will be disseminated to a wide community of beneficiaries.

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. It is the networking mechanism by which researchers can gain excellent networking exposure with colleagues working in the same areas across Europe. In Malta, COST is managed by The Malta Council for Science and Technology.

The activities were coordinated by Dr. Mario V. Balzan from the MCAST, Institute of Applied Sciences  who also represents Malta within the Management Committee of this Action. The meeting participants were also briefly addressed by Prof. Janet Mifsud, the COST Coordinator in Malta, on behalf of the Malta Council for Science and Technology.