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The Research Support Services Directorate

The mission of the Research Support Services Directorate (RSSD) is to provide comprehensive support to academics on all aspects of undertaking excellent research, from obtaining funding to carrying out experimental work. To this end, the RSSD supports activities that are similar across all Faculties, Institutes and Centres through provision of core services, ranging from access to external funding to efficient laboratory management.

The Research Innovation and Development Trust

The University of Malta Research Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) was established in April 2011 by the Government of Malta with the allocation of €500,000 as seed capital.

RIDT aims to strengthen investment in high-calibre research and development across every faculty and department within the University, and on a national level, and to foster the commercial exploitation of this research. It does this by attracting support from both private individuals and corporate bodies.

The Project Support Team

In the close run-up and following Malta’s accession to the European Union, the University of Malta could tap into various funds to step up its research activity and collaboration with both industry and international counterparts. In early 2007, a support unit for externally-funded projects, called for short the Project Support Team, was set up as it was clear that the University did not have the adequate administrative support structures to manage the number and increasing complexity of the projects in hand.

This cross-functional team includes administrators from Finance, Legal Services and the International Office who work together to support academics during the process of compiling a grant proposal, and once accepted, for the duration of the project. The Team makes sure that the University does not enter into any contractual or financial obligations which it cannot sustain or which are detrimental to its interests, it also makes sure that the University does in fact fulfil all its obligations.

The support offered by this Team, the availability of more funding programmes both locally and internationally, as well as the impact of the collective agreement which has encouraged academics to dedicate more time to their University career, have resulted in a significant increase in activity in ‘externally-funded’ research projects. 

The ERDF/ESF Projects Office

The ERDF/ESF Projects Office has been set up to handle the management and administration of all EU Projects which the University of Malta has obtained through the Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.

The office staff consists of a number of Project Administrators who maintain the development, progress, plans, documentation standards, risk and issues, budget monitoring and communications planning of all the various ERDF/ESF Projects. It has the task of monitoring projects, collecting data, compiling reports and measure results against targets as set in the project’s Grant Agreements.

In addition to the administrative and financial work related to the project, this office works closely with partners who monitor and control the projects: including the Line Ministry, Managing Authority, EU Finance Office, Internal Audit & Investigations Division, MEEF, PPCD, Contracts Department, MRRA and other entities who are engaged to monitor and audit the progress, output and expenditure of such projects.

Overall the ERDF/ESF Projects Office main role is to ensure that all documentation, expenditure and specific records are in place and properly controlled and monitored. All projects are subject to various progress and verification visits including various audits carried out by local or EU representatives and it is the role and responsibility of this office to ensure that all ERDF/ESF rules and regulations are in place and projects data and reports are held in a controlled and structural manner.

The Corporate Research & Knowledge Transfer Office

The Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer Office was set up in September 2009 to assist in with the transformation of the University into a modern-day 3rd Generation University built on three pillars, namely: teaching, corporate research, and direct and active participation in sustainable socio-economic development.

The main purposes of the Office are:
  1. to drive the Corporate Research agenda of the University in harmony with and in response to:
    • national, social and economic requirements
    • the needs of local industry
    • emerging expertise and intellectual property, and
    • funding opportunities.
  2. to assist the University and academic members of staff:
    • to define and protect intellectual property and commercially exploit research results
    • to participate in externally funded and collaborative research projects
    • to seek financing for corporate research initiatives.

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

The University acknowledges and accepts its responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects, and acknowledges that it bears full responsibility for the performance of all research involving human subjects and for complying with laws and regulations that relate to such research.

It therefore set up a University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) which has drawn up a set of Guidelines approved by Senate which regulate research on human subjects.

Last Updated: 11 September 2017

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