On the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding on a Medium-Term Cooperation Plan (2014-2019) signed in July 2014, agreed between the Governments of Malta and China, MCST and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) were nominated as the implementing agencies for cooperation within research sectors. MCST and MOST, collaborating under the framework of the Joint Commission on Science and Technology, foreseen under the mentioned Memorandum of Understanding, developed a concept for a bilateral and collaborative programme for research.
MCST and MOST aim to:
i. Strengthen the scientific collaboration between the two countries and to increase the R&D activities;
ii. Facilitate the transfer of technology;
iii. Maintain a comprehensive, steady and long term cooperation through the support of researchers’ mobility, and the networking of industries, universities and research institutions to generate mutually beneficial win-win research.
To this effect, each party confirmed a national budget of €350,000 for the eventual funding of one or more projects in the areas of Maritime Services, Maritime Technology, Aquaculture and Transport.