Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019

The Commerce Department within the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses has just launched the Malta Intellectual Property Awards 2019. Total prize money is €40,000.

Through these Awards, Government aims to encourage the development of innovative ideas and products having potential while being unique and sustainable.

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2019 at noon. 

Guide Lines and Application Forms are available at www.commerce.gov.mt

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PRIMA NETWORKING ASSISTANCE

PRIMA NETWORKING ASSISTANCE

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 Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) funds R&I in the areas of water management, agriculture and Agro-food value chains. The next Calls for proposals are expected to be launched in December 2019. Thus, these networking events will provide the opportunity of establishing collaborative links in relation to these upcoming Calls.

The networking events will be taking place on:

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

 More information can be found in the National Rules, Annex I and Annex II. For any further queries, please contact MCST on prima.mcst@gov.mt

 For more information on the PRIMA Programme, please visit the official website.

The Application Form can be found on the Plumtri online platform through this link – https://www.plumtri.org/opportunities/funding (search Calls by deadline). After clicking on this link, under the ‘Calls’ table, kindly find the call entitled ‘PRIMA Networking Assistance Scheme – Water, Agriculture & Food’ and click on the attachment link provided. Application deadline – 11th November 2019

Event: EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

Event: EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

EIC Pilot Roadshow – Funding for Innovators in Malta

For innovators based in Malta looking to fund a great idea, innovation or startup, and to all innovation stakeholders living in Malta, the Malta Council for Science and Technology, in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Malta, is proud to present the launch of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot funding scheme, supporting great ideas and innovation.

On the 14th of June at Esplora Activity Centre at MCST, representatives of the European Commission will present the objectives of the EIC and practical information related to the submission and evaluation of proposals. EIC Pilot includes the EIC Pathfinder Pilot and the EIC Accelerator Pilot.

Europe Enterprise Network Malta will also be present to introduce the role of the network in helping Maltese SMEs innovate and internationalise.

The event is free for all interested participants, but seats are limited.

Agenda

To register, kindly follow the link: Register Here

Location: Esplora Activity Centre, MCST, Kalkara

Date: 14th June 2019 Time:  09:00 – 16:00

For more information please contact Steven Frigerio

The future of Research & Innovation Post – 2020. Have your say!

The future of Research & Innovation Post – 2020. Have your say!

MCST champions the National Research & Innovation Strategy, and the current strategy takes us till 2020. We are therefore working on a new strategy for post-2020 and we are currently in the consultation phase. MCST relies on its stakeholders to contribute and design a bottom-up strategy that takes into account the needs of academia, business, Government and civil society.

The objective of this survey is to collect your opinion and suggestions on Malta’s future in research and innovation. MCST would like to understand what Malta should be focusing on, and whether we should look at new and upcoming areas that through investment in research and innovation, can provide a better quality of life, a stronger economy and knowledge-intensive jobs. We want to understand Malta’s challenges and opportunities and receive input on ideas and priority areas for a new strategy post-2020.

To have your say, click here to contribute to the ongoing consultation process.

Malta’s innovation showcased at the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit (EGIS)

Malta’s innovation showcased at the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit (EGIS)

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) participated for the first time at the Eureka Global Innovation Summit held in Manchester, UK between 14-16 May 2019. This event which is an international meeting place for businesses and innovation agencies to share knowledge, network, collaborate and secure future business growth opportunities attracted around 2000 attendees and stakeholders from 60+ countries and was an opportunity for MCST to further develop and enhance its collaborative links abroad.

 Malta’s participation was coordinated by Malta Enterprise, with the aim of raising the country’s R&D and innovation profile on a global level, thereby facilitating better partnership opportunities for local entities and businesses interested in carrying out collaborative R&D and innovation projects with international partners.

 The event also included a 3-day conference programme consisting of over 50 inspiring sessions with more than 140 speakers, as well as a wide range of interactive sessions with the EUREKA Clusters, practical workshops, and various matchmaking and networking opportunities.

 The information provided offered insights into the various initiatives and projects undertaken by Maltese researches and businesses, as well as the innovation support available through MCST. It also touched on the R&D and innovation-related work at the Malta Life Sciences Park, Trade Malta, and the University of Malta.

 In parallel and as part of the policy makers working programme, the representatives from Malta Enterprise and MCST took part in the Innovation Funders meeting, which brought together top level attendees involved in innovation support from over 30 countries, the EUREKA network and the European Commission.

2019 COMMERCIALISATION VOUCHER PROGRAMME CALL TWO

2019 COMMERCIALISATION VOUCHER PROGRAMME CALL TWO

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

 

The call opened on the 23rd May 2019 and the deadline is midnight on the 5th July 2019.

 

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 2019 Call 2 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.

 

Attachments:

 

01. FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme Procedures Call 2

 

02. Rules for Participation

 

03. Activity Guidelines

 

04. VAT Form

 

05. Fusion Application Form

 

06. Annex 1

 

07. Annex 2

 

Call for Proposals for the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+)

Call for Proposals for the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+)

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+). This year the Scheme is divided into two options. Applicants are to fill in the appropriate sections of the form; they may select either Option A or Option B, or both:

Option A: opportunities for collaborative initiatives between Maltese academic institutions, public entities, or private entities and at least one foreign research centre or academic/private entity of proven track record of excellence. Proposals should describe the nature of the joint activities that would be funded through the Award. Applicants are to demonstrate how the proposed activities contribute towards and align with achieving the goals of the National R&I Strategy 2020, and to describe the potential of any activities to become self-sustaining or generate longer-term outcomes.

Option B: opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit a Horizon 2020 (H2020) proposal as the coordinator of the consortium to engage a service provider (local or foreign) who will be supporting the applicant through proposal writing and submission.

The amount of the Award available to any one successful applicant is capped at €5000 per Option. All projects are evaluated by a selection panel set up by MCST on the basis of evaluation criteria outlined in the Call text.

Interested Applicants are to submit their application form electronically to Mr. Mark Farrugia at mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt with “IPAS+ – Application 2019” as subject heading.

The deadline for submission is midnight on 21st June 2019.

All submissions must be initialised / signed, dated and/or stamped on each page. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Application must be dated, signed and stamped on each page by the applicant. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email.

Additional information can be found in the documents attached to this call. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 2360 2178 or 2360 2000.

Downloads:

Application Form 2019

Call for Applications 2019

State Aid 2019

Science and Technology Cooperation – Sino-Malta Fund pre-proposal (Closed)

Science and Technology Cooperation – Sino-Malta Fund pre-proposal (Closed)

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is now receiving applications for the Science and Technology Cooperation – Sino-Malta Fund for 2019.  Application deadline for this preliminary step is 12th June 2019 c.o.b. This Call is to be carried out in accordance with the framework of the Agreement on Science and Technological Co-operation between the Government of Malta and the Government of the People’s Republic of China and subsequent agreements by Joint Commission on Science and Technology between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China and the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST).   The aim of this Science and Technology Cooperation – Sino-Malta Fund, is to intensify scientific collaboration between the two countries to strength R&D activities, technology transfer and to carry out comprehensive, steady and long-term cooperation through support of researchers’ mobility and the networking of industries, universities and research institutions to generate mutual-beneficial and win-win research.   The Rules for Participation as well as the Application Form, are now available. The Rules for Participation as well as the Application Form, are now available.

Invitation to the Maritime Consultation Session

Invitation to the Maritime Consultation Session

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and Malta Enterprise are organising a thematic consultation session on Malta’s Maritime sector. This session is organised as part of the Malta Enterprise’s partnership in the ‘RELOS3’ Interreg Europe project and, in line with the project objectives, seeks to contribute to the process lead by MCST to design and shape Malta’s new Smart Specialisation Strategy post-2020.

The consultation is taking place on the 5th of April at Malta Enterprise and will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the sector’s capacity and potential for research and innovation (R&I) and identify challenges that could be addressed in Malta’s next smart specialisation strategy. Breakout sessions will be held to develop further a number of the areas discussed. This consultation follows last year’s previous public discussions and focus groups organised by MCST on Malta’s current and future Smart Specialisation Strategy.

If you are an entrepreneur, researcher or a citizen with the potential to contribute to the development of R&I in Malta’s Maritime Sector, we invite you to join us and have your say by registering here

For further details on the event, please download the agenda here

Summer School Opportunity: Sustainable Blue Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

Summer School Opportunity: Sustainable Blue Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

The Summer School on Sustainable Blue Economy is an advanced training school for researchers, scientists and managers from the Mediterranean and Black sea Countries. This Summer School is co-organised by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS, Italy) and the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI, Slovenia). OGS, Italy is offering a number of fellowships to target countries, amongst which include Malta.

The Summer School is targeted towards scientists, researchers, post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students dealing with aspects related to oceanography (physics, chemistry and biology), marine biology, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, environmental engineering, ecological modelling, climate study, coastal zone management and other related fields. Project managers, economists and policy-makers are also eligible to participate. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability particularly to assimilate new concepts related to Blue Growth especially aspects related to economic growth, environmental protection and societal challenges. A high level scientific committee will follow a well defined selection criteria and only motivated and qualified candidates will be selected. Only 2 candidates from each of the eligible countries will be selected and granted fellowships. Additional candidates supported by their institutions might be considered if they ensure supporting their own costs. Highly qualified professors will be invited to lecture and tutor during the Summer School. In order to provide an opportunity to new participants, former trainees are not eligible to take part in this event. More information about the Summer School can be found in this link.

 

Further information

Dates: 17-21 June 2019

Venue: Trieste (Italy) and Piran (Slovenia)

Application deadline: 9 April 2019 at 14:00 CET

Online registration: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/summerschool/application-form-2019