The Ministry for Equality, Research and Innovation is launching a competition entitled Space- Proof of Concept Competition for researchers with an interest in Space Technologies, with the aim of stimulating the design or development of a product that uses space generated data such as positioning, navigation, timing information or Earth observation images.
The competition opens on the 13 July 2021 and proposals are expected to address mobile applications, asset management and tracking, wearable solutions, robotics, drones, AI-driven space applications and the use of Earth Observation data, among others.
Minister Owen Bonnici said that research and innovation are at the heart of Malta’s progress into the future and space is one more resource our researchers can exploit. “While we may think of space as portrayed for us by the media, in reality space research has been crucial for many solutions we now take for granted.”
The Minister added that in Malta, space research is still in its infancy and we need to do our best to support and motivate our researchers, as well as the younger generation to come forward and explore this resource further.
Applicants need to register their expression of interest to participate by Friday 6 August, 2021, by filling in the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ and sending it in PDF format via email. The email should be titled ‘The MFER Space- Proof of Concept Competition Expression of Interest’.