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Five Horizon Europe Support Schemes offered by the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

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The ERC Support Scheme aims to strengthen the opportunities for talented researchers to obtain grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for excellent and ground-breaking research based on researchers’ own ideas within all areas of research. The Scheme is divided into two options:

Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice. Funding up to 5000euro.

Option B: Proposal writing trainings.

The objective of this activity is to raise the capabilities of potential ERC candidates to prepare successful ERC grant applications through attending ERC proposal writing trainings (online or physical). Funding up to 2000euro.

Find out more about this Funding Opportunity by attending the Horizon Europe Support Schemes launch info session on 12th March 2024. Register from here.

For more information, kindly contact Lili Kankaya by email to lili.vasileva@gov.mt

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Horizon Europe Networking Support Scheme (NET2HE).

The scheme is offering stakeholders from Malta the financial support to attend Horizon Europe networking and brokerage events held overseas in a bid to increase the uptake in Horizon Europe proposal submissions.

The aim is to incentivize Maltese participation in brokerage sessions and networking events. Info Days organised by the Commission will also be taken into consideration. Travel (including travel insurance) is supported to and from European Member States and Associated Countries, a subsistence allowance will also be given, more details are found within the application form and rules for participation.

Participation in Horizon Europe networking events will generate long-term outcomes leading to the formation of the consortia and/or participation in consortia capable of applying for the Horizon funding. Applicants shall submit a travel report upon completion of their trip and follow up with their National Contact Point accordingly.

Find out more about this Funding Opportunity by attending the Horizon Europe Support Schemes launch info session on 12th March 2024. Register from here.

For queries please send email to nethorizon.mcst@gov.mt and cc tamara.b.schembri@gov.mt

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) will be launching a call for proposals under the Horizon Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme  (HIPAS) – previously known as IPAS+ Option B.

The Scheme provides opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit a Horizon Europe/Partnerships 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 call will be open throughout the year with 3 cut off dates.

The amount of the Award available to the successful applicants is capped at up to €6000 each. Some exceptions regarding the financial capping can be found in the rules for participation. All projects are evaluated by a selection panel set up by MCST on the basis of evaluation criteria outlined in the Call text.

Find out more about this Funding Opportunity by attending the Horizon Europe Support Schemes launch info session on 12th March 2024. Register from here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT) supports travel and accommodation expenses (to attend the PF2MT masterclass) for experienced researchers willing to submit a proposal with Maltese host entity for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship call  with deadline the 11th September 2024 (MSCA-PF-2024). The PF2MT masterclass will be held on 26th and 27th June in Malta.

Find out more about the Maltese research landscape from this video.

Find out more about this Funding Opportunity by attending the Horizon Europe Support Schemes launch info session on 12th March 2024. Register from here.

For further information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT) or the MSCA PF call, kindly contact Lili Kankaya as per details below:

Lili Kankaya
Senior Executive
Framework Programme Unit
Malta Council for Science and Technology
Email: lili.vasileva@gov.mt

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Support Scheme.

EIC Work Programme 2024

The European Commission adopted the 2023 work programme of the European Innovation Council. It opens funding opportunities worth over €1.6 billion in 2023 for breakthrough ideas.

The scheme is intended to support single companies classified as SME[1] (including Start-Ups) or other entities established in Malta, who plan to apply as sole applicant, or leader of a consortium, to all options of the  European Innovation Council Programme., including Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator.

According to the EIC program they will apply, applicants may select different relevant options to receive support, as described below and in detail in the Support Scheme documentation C (which covers the full stage application) depending on the stage of their EIC application and/or project.

Available options:

  • Option A – Proposal Development Grant: this grant allows the recipient to be reimbursed up to 10,000 Euros to cover the costs of a grant writing support consultant. The consultant will provide a full and comprehensive support during the whole process of proposal development. This grant is applicable for the following EIC programs: EIC Pathfinder and EIC Transition first stage proposals (the Maltese applicant must be project coordinator to qualify for this grant), and  EIC Accelerator stage 2.
  • Option B – Business Coach Grant: this grant allows the recipient to be reimbursed up to 5,000 Euros to cover the costs of a business coach. The option is exclusively available for EIC Accelerator stage 1 applicants. The coach will provide their services to support the development of a slideshow and preparation for the interview, as well as providing coaching services to improve the quality of the business case and increase chances of success.
  • Option C – Pitch Coach Grant: this grant allows the recipient to be reimbursed up to 2,000 Euros to cover the costs of a pitch coach. The pitch coach will support the person(s) who will make the business case pitch to improve their presentation skills and preparedness during the interview. This option is available for EIC Transition 2nd stage and EIC Accelerator 1st stage.

Find out more about this Funding Opportunity by attending the Horizon Europe Support Schemes launch info session on 12th March 2024. Register from here.

This article was last updated on: February 20, 2024