Research and Innovation

National Strategy for Research and Innovation in Energy and Water

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

PRE-NOTIFICATION: 2020 Call for Project Proposals

The Energy and Water Agency is pleased to announce that the 2020 Call for Project Proposals will be launched in the coming weeks.

The scheme shall be funded through national funds and shall support R&I projects in the fields of energy and water which seek to contribute in a measurable manner to addressing one of the following:

  1. A national policy priority or challenge in the energy and water sectors; or
  2. Economic competitiveness and growth in a variety of national sectors, from an energy and water perspective.

A budget of up to €400 000 has been allocated. Financial support will be made available in the form of grants, ranging from a minimum of €60 000 to a maximum of €120 000.

Target R&I projects are those at TRL 2-6 and these can fall into can fall into a variety of disciplines, ranging from engineering and natural sciences to social and behavioural sciences, big data and artificial intelligence.

Seven overarching topics have been identified as priority areas for support under the 2020 Call for Project Proposals, in line with those identified in the National Strategy for R&I in Energy and Water (2021-2030).