Support Scheme for Research and Innovation Projects in the Fields of Energy and Water
APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN
The Energy and Water Agency invites applications for financial support for R&I projects in the fields of energy and water. The application period opens on Friday 18th September 2020 and will close on Friday 30th October 2020.
Government Notice 1078 can be found here.
The R&I Scheme seeks to support R&I projects whose objectives are in line with national policies and seek to contribute in a tangible manner to addressing one of the following:
- A national policy priority or challenge in the energy and water sectors; or
- Economic competitiveness and growth in a variety of national sectors, from an energy and water perspective.
The selection and funding of proposals under this Scheme shall be on a competitive basis.
The focus is on projects at oriented-basic research and applied research to experimental design stage, that is projects at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2-6, with a duration ranging between eighteen and twenty-four (18-24) months.
Target projects may fall in a range of disciplines, 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. Preference for financial support will be given to the highest scoring proposals within these priority areas; there is no order of preference of the priority areas.
How do I apply?
All information regarding the R&I Scheme can be found in the document “Rules for Participation” which can be downloaded from this webpage.
The application procedure is a one-stage process, where applicants submit a full application at the outset of the process. Section 7 of the Rules details the documentation which is required for the project proposal.
Where templates are required to be submitted as part of the proposal, these can be downloaded from this webpage.
The applicants shall ensure complete compliance to the ‘2020 Call for Proposals – Rules for Participation’ prior to submission as no deviations or negotiations are allowed after submission. No late applications will be accepted.
The Application is to be sent electronically to email@example.com with “2020 Call for Proposals – Application Submission” as the subject.
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) identifies SMEs as target enterprises forming part of policy which drives towards increased energy efficiency. The Energy and Water Agency is the entity that administers the implementation of Regulation 10 of the transposition of the EED, that is, the Regulation related to energy auditing in the Energy Efficiency and Co-Generation Regulations (S.L. 545.16).
The Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme is divided into two sections, here referred to as Scheme A and Scheme B. The first is eligible to enterprises that are listed under the De Minimis Regulation whilst the latter is for enterprises eligible under the General Block Exemption Regulation.
Enterprises are invited to apply through the official Application Form for an energy audit, to the level and detail as outlined in the Schedule Section of Government Notice No. 19974 (as amended), raised by a certified energy auditor chosen from the list of energy auditors which can be accessed on the website of the Regulator for Energy and Water Sources (REWS). After reviewing the application, the Agency will inform the enterprise that it can proceed with the audit. Once the energy audit is complete and submitted to the Energy and Water Agency, the latter will ensure that the report meets the minimum requirements as detailed in the previously mentioned Schedule. If the report meets the minimum requirements set out, the enterprise will receive the amount invoiced by the certified energy auditor capped up to the amount indicated in the same Government Notice.
Through cooperation with the Malta Business Bureau, the Energy and Water Agency has been in direct contract with the industry. Both parties acknowledge that through energy audits, small and medium sized enterprises with high energy consumption, may engage with professionals certified in this field in order to analyze and outline an energy review of the entity’s activities. Through the energy audit, the business will identify actions and investments that may be carried out in order to reduce energy consumption on a daily basis, resulting in lower bills and overall expenditure.
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme – Scheme A applications under the De Minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation No. 1407/ 2013).
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme – Scheme B applications under the General Block Exemption Regulation.
Leading sport organisations to higher energy efficiency
To assist sport organisations in reducing their energy consumption by improving their overall energy performance through an increase in energy efficiency, the Energy and Water Agency, together with SportMalta have launched the ‘Leading sport organisations to higher energy efficiency’ scheme.
Sport organisations duly registered with Sport Malta who own their premises or are using Government property as their premises can benefit from this scheme.
Interventions that are considered eligible for this scheme include, improvements in equipment efficiency, energy related building envelope improvement, reduction of energy consumption for heating and cooling systems, improvement of lighting efficiency and any other action which is expected to result in energy savings of at least 20%.
The minimum eligible cost shall be Euro 250 excl. VAT and the maximum eligible cost shall be capped at Euro 50,000 excl. VAT. The grant shall cover 100% of the eligible cost in the case of investments up to Euro 20,000 excl. VAT and 90% of the eligible cost in the case of investments greater than Euro 20,000 excl. VAT and up to Euro 50,000 excl. VAT.
Ineligible interventions include: improvement in equipment or systems which could have a direct impact on competition results/performance, interventions addressing water systems which do not result in end use energy savings, installation of photo voltaic panels and maintenance work.
How do I apply?
Applicants may apply for a grant under this scheme by means of the application form downloadable from SportMalta’s website
Ensure that all the required supporting documentation is included:
- Original quotation containing seller and buyer details, segregated prices, description of product and date of issue.
- Valid certificate issued by SportMalta
- Specific proposal assessment issued by a warranted engineer (Ensure that all the required details are included)
- State Aid Declaration Form
Send the completed application form together with all the required supporting documents by mail to: SportMalta, Energy Efficiency Support Grant, Regulatory Affairs Department, Cottonera Sports Complex, Cottonera Avenue, Cospicua BML9020
Please note that faxes and photocopies of the completed application form are not acceptable and applications that are not fully completed will not be processed.
The application must be approved by SportMalta before any equipment is purchased and installed. Any cost incurred prior to the issuing of the grant offer letter will not be considered eligible.
Following completion of the approved project proposal, the beneficiary has to submit a completion form. This includes a detailed report as well as a claim for reimbursement. The report shall include details of the installed equipment, proof that the scrapped equipment has been disposed of correctly (if applicable) and deemed energy savings validated by a warranted engineer.
Prospective applicants which intend to propose a project with an eligible cost less than Euro 5,000 excl. VAT may contact SportMalta in order to be assisted by an engineer to prepare the technical part of the application.
Applications under this scheme may be validly received from March 2019 until 6th June 2019. This scheme may be modified or terminated before the date by means of a notice in the Government Gazzette.
Following a positive assessment by the DGCOM of a new support scheme for large scale PV system and the publishing of the Solar Farm Policy by the Planning Authority, the Agency in conjunction with the Ministry for Energy and Water Management, has launched a competitive process which forms the basis for the allocation of support for PV systems of at least 1MWp. This competitive process introduces an innovative approach for the allocation of government aid and grid priority for large scale PV, which until recently, could not benefit from existing support mechanisms.
The second round of the scheme has now been launched, and all information can be obtained from the Ministry’s website: click here. The generation produced will continue to count towards Malta’s 2020, 10% Renewable Energy target. Meanwhile, the ongoing schemes have ensured that Malta remains on track towards the achievement of the 2020 RES target as confirmed by the country report published by the European Commission as part of the State of the Energy Union Report.