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SPIN - The New Research Funding Software!

As you begin thinking about your next research project, we encourage you to consider utilising SPIN, an extensive research funding opportunity database. Visit the website at SPIN contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors! 

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Local Funding


TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award (TOSFA) aims to assist start-ups and academics in next phase towards the commercialisation of their business or research idea. The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award is a joint initiative between the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta and the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Small Business (MEIB). 


Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) allocates €100,000 in funding through a competitive call to innovators and entrepreneurs interested in bringing their ideas closer to commercialisation. MarSA is a collaboration between the Malta Marittima Agency (MMA) and the University of Malta with the support of the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office, TAKEOFF Business Incubator and Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation. More information can be found on the TAKEOFF website


Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST) manages national funds for Research and Innovation through, the development and operation of programmes that, create vehicles for industrial and academic applied research, that can result in commercialisation and a positive economic impact on the local economy. Their programmes include:

  • Fusion which consists of a Commercialisation Voucher Programme as the initial stage I followed by a Technology Development Programme after successful completion of Stage I.   Fusion was set up with the aim to raise the level and profile of locally funded research; to ingrain research and innovation at the heart of the Maltese economy; to spur knowledge-driven and value-added growth; and to sustain improvements in the quality of life.
  • The Internationalisation Partner Award Scheme which is available for collaborative initiatives between local academic institutions or private entities and at least one centre of academic excellence based within the EU.

Malta Enterprise provides incentives for enterprises demonstrating commitment towards growth, an increase in value added and employment. Enterprises engaged in manufacturing, ICT development activities, call centers, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, aviation and maritime services, education and training, logistics and more may benefit from these incentives. These include:

  • R&D Feasibility Studies 2014-2020 to provide support undertakings intending to undertake Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects in carrying out R&D Feasibility Studies in preparation for these projects.
  • Research and Development 2014-2020 which supports industrial research or experimental development carried out for the acquisition of knowledge leading to the development of innovative products and solutions.
  • Business Start (B.Start) offers seed funding for start-ups.  

Malta Innovation Awards recognises the efforts of individuals and companies that have taken their ideas and concepts or their operational processes a step forward. The winners of the Malta Innovation Awards can also receive an award from the World Intellectual Property Organisation.  The Award is split into three categories:

  • Award for Creative Innovation
  • Award for Scientific Innovation
  • Award for Technological Innovation 

Enterprise Europe Network Malta is a consortium of 4 entities: Malta Enterprise, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, the Malta Council for Science and Technology and Malta Business Bureau.  The consortium forms part of the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


The Ministry for Education and Employment offers a number of scholarship schemes, some of which include: 

  • Endeavour Scholarship Scheme provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to pursue further levels of academic research.
  • Reach High Scholarship Programme 
  • Malta Government Undergraduate Scheme  offers financial support to undergraduate students at the University of Malta and MCAST, to other students undertaking equivalent studies, at other institutions, leading to officially recognised local and foreign MQF Level 6 qualification or equivalent.
  • Master It! promotes the increase in the number of students reading post-graduate courses leading to a Masters Degree (MQF Level 7).
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Malta Government Scholarship Scheme (Postgraduate) providing more opportunities to promote further specialisation at higher levels of education particularly at all qualifications at MQF Level 7 (including Masters) and Doctoral  Level (MQF level 8).
  • Malta Arts Scholarship Scheme provides to support individuals who are exceptionally talented in the promotion of professional performance specialisation in the arts including theatre, music, dance, design, creative writing, film, the visual arts or any combination thereof. 
  • Malta Sports Scholarship Scheme provides more opportunities to promote specialisation in sports including certifications in proficiency in sporting disciplines, coaching, management and related support services which contribute towards the development of Sport in Malta.

Not sure which funding mechanism is right for you? Download our summary for further information. 


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European Funding


MEUSAC provides personalised assistance and support to Local Councils and NGOs in the practical aspects related to EU Funding Opportunities. Private Entities are also supported through dissemination of information.


Business Enhance Grant Schemes are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and seek to support enterprises when undertaking investment projects aimed at securing sustainable business growth, by becoming more competitive, innovative and become more resilient to market challenges. Currently, six types of Grant Schemes are available:

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The programme aims to respond to the economic crisis, address people’s concerns, & strengthen EU’s global position. A number of sub programmes fall under the umbrella of Horizon 2020. These include:

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.  The programme is coordinated locally through the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA).

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs aims at helping aspiring entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing and growing a company by working with an experienced entrepreneur in another EU country for 1 to 6 months.


European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Actions  are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years. They are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself. 


 Interreg programmes can be segmented as follows:

  • Interreg Italia - Malta is a cross-border Programme which covers the Maltese Islands and several regions in Sicily. The Programme is co-financed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and focuses on strengthening research, technological development and innovation; enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs and preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.
  • Interreg Med Programme supports the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and the improvement of public policies between national, regional and local authorities and other territorial actors of eligible regions of the MED area. 
  • Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy by providing opportunities to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities.

The Funds and Programme Division handles the management of EU and other Funds (with the exception of Cohesion Policy Funds) allocated to Malta and provides assistance to the focal points of the EU and other Programmes that are managed by the Commission or other institutions. A list of progammes under their management can be found on their website.


The Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD) forms part of the administrative infrastructure required to manage the pre- and post-accession funds allocated to Malta by the European Union.  The Division acts as Managing Authority for ESIF 2014-2020; Managing Authority for the SME Initiative; Managing Authority for the Food and/or Basic Material Assi​stance Operational Programme and Overall Co-ordinator for the Programming of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.  A list of open calls under their management can be found on their website.


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Malta’s first crowdfunding platform ZAAR aimed as an alternative access to finance for start-ups, business projects & ideas.  ZAAR is the perfect platform for people with good ideas. Besides giving you the money you need to start your business, successful crowdfunding also gives you the confidence you need to persevere and see things through, safe in the knowledge that your idea has the necessary support.


Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.


Indigogo: a launchpad for entrepreneurial ideas. Their mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life. is home to 1.5 million tech founders, 600k startups and more than 12,000 startup programs globally. Founders apply to startup programs (including accelerators), pitch investment funds, post or apply for jobs and also get free founder benefits.


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Partnering with University

When applying for grants with the University of Malta as a partner, the Rector's signature is required for all applications and agreements. The Rector's signature is subject to a project review which is carried out by the Project Support Team at the University. Have a look at their FAQs to find out how to submit a proposal with the University.


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Last Updated: 17 October 2018

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