In 2020, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), signed a collaborative agreement to bilaterally support cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation between Malta and Turkey.
In 2021, MCST and TÜBİTAK jointly launched the first MCST- TÜBİTAK Joint Call for Proposals to carry out bilateral research & innovation (R&I) projects, in accordance with the framework of this said collaborative agreement.
This Call is an integral part of the PRIMA Programme, as it aims to support R&I in the three priority areas defined in the PRIMA SRIA (Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda), namely in the fields of
- Water Management
- Farming Systems
- Agro-food Value Chains
Successful projects supported through this Call, will assist researchers and innovators from both countries to strengthen their scientific expertise and network, enabling them to collaborate further in future annual PRIMA Section 1 and Section 2 Calls.
For more information on open calls please visit the funding page.
MCST-TÜBİTAK 2021 Joint Call for R&I Proposals is part of the PRIMA Programme supported by the European Union.
The MCST- TÜBİTAK Joint Call for R&I Proposals is a PRIMA Section 3 Participating States Initiated Activity (PSIA). Such activities constitute an integral part of the PRIMA programme contributing to the alignment of national programmes to PRIMA. In fact, the Call funds R&I actions (RIAs) and Innovation actions (IAs) in the following thematic areas:
Agro-food Value Chains
PSIAs are funded following national evaluation, selection and granting processes implemented by the Participating States, in line with common principles (see details in the full version of the annual work plan) agreed with the PRIMA-IS, on behalf of the Participating States, and the European Commission.
Investigation of antiviral activity and immunomodulatory effects of Mediterranean herbs and spices against SARS-CoV-2 using in-vitro models
ANTIVIRAL MEDHERBS is a two-year research project funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBÏTAK) as per grant agreement number MCST- TÜBÏTAK -2021-01. The collaborating entities working on this project are:
- The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBÏTAK)
- Marmara Research Centre (MAM)
- Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute (GEBI)
- Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
The recent emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoV-2 (SARS-CoV-2), causing the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, had a huge impact on health, economy and food systems. Whilst the world is trying to combat COVID-19 through development of drugs/vaccines, the search for safe, cheap and widely available agents that can act against SARS-CoV-2 as a precautionary measure is of utmost importance. Potential use of common herbs and spices as antiviral agents and immunity boosters have been extensively studied due to their high antioxidant and antimicrobial activity. There are many different plant secondary metabolites, which are found in both herbs and spices that contain many bioactive compounds. From 1940 to 2014, 49 out of 175 of all FDA-approved small molecules were natural products on their derivatives. While studies are underway on Chinese and Indian herbs and spices against SARS-CoV-2 virus, only a few silico studies have been conducted on Mediterranean herbs and spices, thus raising an urgent need for such investigation. Consequently, the aim of this project is to investigate antiviral activity and immunomodulatory effects of the Mediterranean herbs and spices against COVID-19 infection using in silico methods, high-throughput techniques and in-vitro models.
A Complete Sustainable Route for the Utilization of Olive Pomace: Production of Bioactives and Nanocrystalline Cellulose – OPOBiCell
OPOBiCell is a two-year research project funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBÏTAK) as per grant agreement number MCST- TÜBÏTAK -2021-04. The collaborating entities working on this project are:
- Middle East Technical University (METU)
- Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
Olive Oil is the most important food item of the Mediterranean Diet. Major olive oil production takes place in Mediterranean countries. During the production of olive oil, significant amount of waste is generated in the form of pomace and waste water depending on the production method. In this project, we will focus on the valorisation of olive pomace for the purpose of production bio actives and nanocrystalline cellulose. Olive Pomace will be used to produce functional ingredients showing ‘antioxidant, anticancer’ activity and also nanocrystalline cellulose that can be used as an anticaking agent. Pomace bio actives will be extracted via various ‘green’ technologies (supercritical fluid and ultrasound) and will be encapsulated afterwards to produce liposomes to increase their bioavailability. A comprehensive analysis on the nutraceutical properties of the extracts and capsules will be performed. At the same time the remnants left from extraction will be utilised to produce nanocrystalline cellulose which would be proposed as an anticaking agent. High pressure homogenization and ultrasonication will be applied at that stage. Overall, the project aims to establish a link between both institutions while collaborating on work related to the extraction and bioactivity testing of olive pomace and producing nanocrystalline cellulose from the extraction remnants and anticaking agent afterwards.
This article was last updated on: May 2, 2022