After the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between MCST and the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), several avenues for collaboration were identified, including a dedicated thematic programme for the digital domain.   The Digital Technologies Programme aims to support capacity-building efforts related to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Trust
  • Knowledge and Data Representation and Analysis
  • Technology for Sustainability and ESG
  • Quantum Computing and Other Emerging Technologies

It aims to move towards a safer and more trustworthy development, adoption, and use of digital technologies. The Digital Technologies Programme is intended to fund projects which are either early stage or applied research, hence targeting research between TRL 1 and TRL 7. Programme Parameters

Applications or queries should be forwarded electronically to, keeping in copy.   If state aid is applicable, applicants are to apply under the de minimis regulation or the GBER. Applicants will also benefit from this collaboration between MCST and MDIA, as they will get to hold an onboarding meeting with MDIA, and together determine whether an application can be submitted for the Technology Assurance Sandbox (TAS) or the Technology Assessment Recognition Framework (TARF), both schemes hosted by MDIA. The following figure summarises the different Priority Areas and Subareas for Research in Digital Technologies related to this Programme:

More information on this funding opportunity, the eligibility criteria, the rules of participation and the application form, can be found in the attachments below.

Thematic Programme 2024 Application Form

Thematic Programme 2024 Rules Option A

Thematic Programme 2024 Rules Option B Final

The additional documentation to be submitted together with the application form for this call can be found on the MCST Resource Page here:

Information Session About This Call:

An online information event on the Digital Technologies Programme will be held to provide an overview on this call, which is the Thematic Programme for 2024.  

Date: Friday 19th April 2024

Time: 13:00 – 14:30 CET

Link to Registration Form:

This article was last updated on: May 7, 2024