EC allocates €5.3 million to Malta for COVID-19 Research & Development

May 13, 2020 | 2 minute read

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European Commission allocates €5.3 million to Malta for coronavirus research and development

To contribute to global efforts to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, on 22nd April 2020, the European Commission has approved a €5.3 million direct grants scheme to support research that will enable to develop innovative solutions to the current coronavirus health crisis.

On 23rd April 2020, the Malta Council for Science and Technology in collaboration with Malta Enterprise Corporation have issued a call for proposals under the COVID-19 R&D Fund to encourage the eligible public, academic and private entities with an operating base in Malta to engage in research and development in order to further understand and contain the coronavirus, as well as identify improved approaches for the prevention, control and response for future infectious diseases.

Eligibility requirements

The research and development proposals should be novel and not correspond with on-going or completed projects funded by other instruments, programmes or projects.

Projects that have received a COVID-19-specific Seal of Excellence quality label under the Horizon 2020 SME-instrument would also be eligible to apply under this Fund. However, only research activities that have started on or after 1st February 2020, but not later than 31st December 2020 with the project duration of a maximum of 18 months are acceptable.

Incentives available

The aid intensity varies between 80% and 100% of the costs incurred by the beneficiary, depending on the type of activity performed and on the presence of cross-border collaborations. Any results will be made available to third parties in the form of non-exclusive licenses.

The total maximum budget for this call amounts to €5.3m, and the aid is granted in the form of a cash grant, which is partially paid upon the signing of the Grant Agreement. The fund shall operate through open calls and shall be awarded until all funds are exhausted, or the duration of the incentive has elapsed, whichever is sooner.

Funding applications must be submitted to MCST. The deadline for submission is 30th November 2020.


Luke Cann
Partner,  Advisory Services
Melvyn Darmanin
Sr Manager,  Advisory Services

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