Research and Innovation

The application period for the R&I grant scheme is now open. Click here for more information

R&I GRANT SCHEME

The application period for the R&I Grant Scheme is now open.

Click here for more information

Following the official launch of the R&I Grant Scheme by Minister for Energy and Water Management Michael Farrugia on 16th September, the Energy and Water Agency held an online information session on 30th September 2020.

The slides presented during the information session can be found here.

An FAQs section, based on the questions received during the information session can be found below. These will be updated periodically based on questions received by the Managing Authority.

Should you require further assistance, please send us an e-mail on: rni-energywateragency@gov.mt

FAQ

Once an award offer is made to a Potential Beneficiary, when are projects expected to start?

It is envisaged that projects which have received an offer of support will start not later than three (3) months after the signing of the Grant Agreement. The official Project Start Date will be specified in the Grant Agreement.

Can preparatory work for a project be carried out before the Project Start Date?

Preparatory work for a project (such as starting procedures for recruitment of new personnel, procurement procedures for purchase of equipment etc.) can begin from the date of signing of the Grant Agreement. However, only costs which are effectively incurred between the Project Start Date and Project End Date can be claimed as an eligible cost.

Can a natural person apply under the 2020 Call for Proposals?

As stated under Section 4 of the Rules for Participation, an Applicant must be an entity, either an individual (single) entity or part of a consortium. A natural person cannot directly apply under the 2020 Call for Proposals.

That being said, a natural person could participate in an R&I project which receives support under the R&I scheme through subcontracting, whereby the individual would be subcontracted by the Project Beneficiary. For more information, refer to Annex I in the Rules for Participation.

 

Is there a deadline for addressing questions regarding the 2020 Call for Proposals to the Managing Authority?

The deadline for submitting questions regarding the 2020 call for Proposals to the Managing Authority via email shall be Friday 23rd October, that is, one (1) week prior to the closing date of the 2020 Call for Proposals. The Managing Authority shall not respond to queries received after this deadline. The Managing Authority shall respond to all such queries by Monday 26th October.

Potential Applicants who wish to schedule proposal-specific one-on-one meetings with the Managing Authority can do so until 1 week before the closing date for this Call. Therefore, the last date on which such meetings can be held is Friday 23rd October 2020.

 

Is there a cap on the number of applications that can be submitted by the same entity?

There is no limit on the number of applications which can be submitted by the same entity. However, there must be a clear distinction between resources (including human, financial and technical) allocated to each proposal. Two or more applications which have shared resources (human, financial, or technical) should not be submitted.

 

Can foreign entities, including those from outside the European Union, apply under the 2020 Call for Proposals, either as a single entity or a budgeted partner in a consortium?

Foreign entities can apply under the 2020 Call for Proposals, either as a single entity or a budgeted partner within a consortium. It must be noted that, as stated in Section 4 of the Rules for Participation, the Applicant (or Lead Partner in the case of a consortium) is required to have an establishment or branch in Malta at the time of payment of the assistance.

Is an Applicant who has already been awarded a project under a different call eligible to apply under the 2020 Call for Proposals?

An entity which has been awarded financial support for a project is eligible to apply under this scheme as long as those costs which are already covered by some form of assistance are distinct from those being applied for under this scheme. Kindly refer to Section 5.5 in the Rules for Participation. Furthermore, it is understood that there is a clear distinction between those resources being allocated to the project proposed under the 2020 Call for Proposals and those already allocated to ongoing projects.

Section 7.1. of the Rules for Participation state that in the case of a consortium, the legal representative of each Partner is required to initialise each page of the application forms. Given the timeframe of the application period, is it possible for only the legal representative of the Lead Partner to sign all application forms, without affecting the validity of the application?

No. Given that the application forms entails significant commitments by different partners in the case of a consortium, including key declarations, these can only be considered valid once the legal representatives of all concerned partners sign. An option which can be considered would be for each of the partners to grant a power of attorney, whereby the legal representative of the Lead Partner would be authorised to sign the application on their behalf. In this case, it is only the latter who would be required to sign the documents.

In the application form, a word count is specified for each section of the Project Proposal. When references are made to published work, are these included in the word count?

It is suggested that references are included as footnotes in the Project Proposal; in this case, they would not contribute to the word count.

Can figures be included in the application form under the Project Proposal?

Yes, figures can be inserted in the application form, only under Section 5: Project Proposal. It is suggested that the figure is included directly below the text box in which it is referred to.

What is the deadline for the submission of applications for the 2020 Call for Proposals?
The deadline is Friday 30th October, 2020 23:59 local time.
Research and Innovation

National Strategy for Research and Innovation in Energy and Water (2021-2030)

The Energy and Water Agency has been entrusted with the development of Malta’s National Strategy for Research and Innovation in Energy and Water. The Strategy document is intended to provide a high level framework for research activity in these two sectors for the period 2021-2030.

The National Strategy for Research and Innovation in the fields of Energy and Water was officially launched on the 17th of June, 2020.

The development of the National Strategy for R&I in Energy and Water is closely linked to the European drive to expand and further R&I activities, as this is increasingly viewed as a cross-cutting measure necessary to enable Member States realise their national ambitions and the EU, as a whole, to deliver on its overarching objectives. In line with this perspective, the Strategy seeks to further support research and innovation work in energy and water, two areas deemed to be of national importance.

The National Strategy is expected to build on existing strengths and seek to address current gaps. It also identifies high level priority areas for R&I activities for the next decade, aligned with the country’s long-term vision of national and EU energy and water policy, with a view towards the wider goals of decarbonisation, sustainability and affordability.

The draft strategy was  published for public consultation between the 19th of December 2019 and the 7th of February 2020, with stakeholders and the public having the opportunity to provide feedback, comments and proposals. That being said, continuous engagement with stakeholders constitutes the cornerstone of the development of the National Strategy.  We therefore invite individuals or entities who wish to submit feedback to either contact the Energy and Water Agency or send an email on: rni-energywateragency@gov.mt

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