Fantastic Opportunities For Researchers, Innovators and Organisations – €95.5 Billion Available For R&I Projects

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The European Commission is seeking to further boost R&I across Europe by offering some fantastic funding opportunities for researchers, innovators and organisations, including higher education establishments, public entities, SMEs, industries, NGOs and members of civil society.

In 2021, the European Commission introduced the largest and most ambitious EU funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, with €95.5 billion available until 2027.

Programme covers 70-100% of the costs

The programme covers between 70 to 100 per cent of all costs, and funds projects in the following fields, among others: health, culture, security, digital technologies, manufacturing, space, climate, energy, mobility, agriculture, food, the bio-economy and the environment.

A novelty in the latest funding programme is the introduction of the so-called ‘missions’ – a portfolio of actions that address some very important societal challenges such as cancer, climate change, restoration of oceans and waters, climate-neutral cities, and soil.

National Contact Points hosted by MCST

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) hosts all the Horizon Europe National Contact Points (NCPs) under one roof and offers the following free services:

  • Help to identify Horizon Europe funding opportunities that match your project ideas
  • Personalised advice on open and forthcoming Horizon Europe calls for proposals
  • Personalised advice on project ideas
  • Help to identify potential partners via all European networks
  • Review of proposal before submission
  • Organisation of information and training sessions and webinars
  • Provision of advice on project management
  • Provision of additional support through National funding schemes supporting Horizon Europe applications

More than 800 calls for proposals covering all scientific fields, have been published on the European Commission’s Funding and Tenders portal.

Horizon Europe is also aimed at:

  • Tackling climate change 
  • Helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Boosting the EU’s competitiveness and growth 
  • Facilitating collaboration and strengthening the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting, and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges
  • Supporting the creation and better diffusion of excellent knowledge and technologies
  • Creating jobs and fully engaging the EU’s talent pool

Maltese beneficiaries received €7 million in 2021

During 2021, the first year of the programme, Maltese beneficiaries managed to secure more than €7 million of funding made available through the Horizon Europe programme.

And before that, when the previous EU programme for R&I was running (Horizon 2020), 78 Maltese entities participating in close to 200 projects received more than €37 million in funding for the period between 2014 and 2020.

Further information on the current programme can be obtained from MCST.

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