National R&I Programme 2013

National Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme 2013

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) provides state financing in the form of grants for research, development and innovation in science and technology through the National Research and Innovation Programme (R&I).

The R&I Programme was launched for the first time in 2004 followed by others in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.  The 2013 programme is the seventh instance of the programme and was launched on 30th January 2013.Government allocated €1.6M for the 2013 Call.

 

Three information sessions were held: on Friday 1st February, on Wednesday 6th February and one additional info session was held on 14th February 2013.

An article entitled “Technology transfers – a call for project proposals” was published in The Times of Malta on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

 

In addition to this, as with previous programmes, prospective project coordinators were invited to discuss their ideas with MCST prior to submitting their proposal.

The focus of 2013 R&I programme was Applied Research and Technology Transfer between academia and industry with specific focus on the priority sectors identified in the National R&I Strategy namely Environment & Energy Resources, ICT, Added-value Manufacturing and Health and Biotechnology. Sub-priority sectors include Offshore Solar Technology and Limestone Science & Technology.

The submission and evaluation were split into two stages: the first stage requested interested parties to submit a preliminary proposal. Following evaluation, these proposals were short listed to a final evaluation stage requiring proposers to submit a detailed proposal. 

 

The following table summarises key dates and statistics.

 

 

Milestone

Deadline

Comment

Launch of Programme

30th January 2013

Rules for Participation

1st Info session

1st February 2013

R&I Launch Session Presentation

2nd info session

6th February 2013

Lightweight Project Proposal Form

Additional info session

14th February 2013

R&I Launch Session Presentation

Deadline for First Stage Submissions (Lightweight Application)

20th March 2013, 12:00

42 proposals submitted requesting a total budget of €5.8M               Guidelines for Project Proposal - Dummy Budget

First Stage Evaluation of Proposals finalized, verification for economic impact requested

13th May 2013

17 proposals shortlisted requesting €2,8M

Guidelines for Project Proposal - Dummy Budget

Deadline for Second Stage Submissions (Detailed Application)

03 June 2013, 12:00

17 full proposals submitted.

Second Stage Evaluation of Proposals 

October – December 2013

8 proposals shortlisted requesting just over € 1,4 M

R&I Project Reporting Template

Technical Audit Template

Guidelines for Technical Report

 

 

R&I Programme 2013 Evaluation of Preliminary Proposals  

Report on Preliminary Proposals Submissions

Both in terms of numbers and quality of proposals, the call was once again a definite success. A total of 42 proposals were submitted, ranging across all scientific fields requesting a total of € 6.9 M. 3 proposals (7%) were re-submissions from the last year.

 

The proposals were classified into 6 priority and sub-priority sectors namely: ICT (10 proposals), Environment and Energy (12 proposals), Health and Biotech (10 proposals) and Value Added Manufacturing (4 proposals), Offshore Solar technology (2 proposals) and Limestone Science & Technology (4 proposals). The following table gives a breakdown of submissions by Area:

 

 

Area

Number of proposals

Amount requested

Health & Biotech

10

24%

€1,8 M

ICT

10

24%

€1,4 M

Energy & Environment

12

28,5%

€2,1 M

Value Added Manufacturing

4

9.50%

€580,000

Limestone Science & Technology

4

9.50%

€ 744,000

Offshore Solar technology

2

4.5%

€ 339,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following table gives a breakdown of submissions by category of the coordinating entity:

 

 

Coordinating entity

N of proposals

Amount requested

Academia

30 (70%)

€5,1 M

Industry

12 (30%)

€1.8 M

Government

0

0

Grand Total

42 (100%)

€ 6.9M

 

Shortlisted Preliminary Proposals

 

Out of 42 proposals, a total of 17 proposals from across all priority sectors have been short listed, requesting a total budget of € 2,8 million.

 

The following table gives a breakdown of shortlisted submissions by Area:

 

 

Area

Number of proposals

Amount requested

Health & Biotech

5

€960,677.00

ICT

6

€908,463.00

Energy & Environment

3

€477,656.00

Value Added Manufacturing

2

€278,650.00

Limestone Science & Technology

0

0

Offshore Solar technology

1

€199,018.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following table gives a breakdown of shortlisted submissions by category of the coordinating entity:

 

Coordinating entity

Number of proposals

Amount requested

Academia

8

€1,5 M

Industry

9

€ 1,3 M

Government

0

0

Grand Total

17 (100%)

€ 2,8 M

List of 2013 Short listed Proposals

 

Project reference N

Proposal Title

Consortium

Area of Focus

R&I-2013-003

Government -as-a-Service

Exigy Ltd                                         UoM                                 

ICT

R&I-2013-08

Improving dependability of generic software systems utilising the technology of unit testing.

UoM, Ixaris Systems (Malta) Ltd

ICT

R&I-2013-13

Implant

UoM,   Mater Dei Hospital 

Health& Biotech

R&I-2013-14

New Treatment for Epilepsy

UoM,                                       AAT Research Ltd                                      

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-18

ECM mobileCloud concepts (ECMOCCON)

ELO Malta Ltd (to be registered),         MCAST

ICT

R&I-2013-20

Tracking device with wireless charging

Lornit Ltd,     Technology (Malta) Ltd,                      St.Martin's Institute

ICT

R&I-2013-23

Offshore Floating PVs

MCAST,    Econetique Ltd,             Azzopardi Fisheries Ltd. 

Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation                  

Offshore Solar technology

R&I-2013-25

Clean Flight 2

UoM,    Air Malta Ltd,   QuAero (Malta) Ltd,  Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd 

Energy & Environment

R&I-2013-28

Thermal Imaging for Peripheral vascular Disease Monitoring In Diabetics

UoM,    Mater Dei Hospital                                       

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-29

Solar Reflector System with increased energy capture

Innova Ltd;     UoM,         Econetique Ltd             

Energy & Environment

R&I-2013-31

Hear me

Mater Dei Hospital, AAT Research Ltd

Health& Biotech

R&I-2013-34

New LED lights

Abertax Kemtronics  Ltd,    UoM                            

Value-added Manufacturing

R&I-2013-35

Bioplastic-Aided Recirculation Systems

AquaBioTech Ltd, UoM                                         Littlefoot Bioplastics Ltd

Energy& Environment

R&I-2013-36

Child Care System

Lornit Ltd,       MCAST          

ICT

R&I-2013-39

Cloud Human-Machine Interaction

MIIS Ltd,       MCAST

Value-Added Manufacturing

R&I-2013-41

Malta Human Genome Project

UoM,  Mater Dei  Hospital

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-42

Situation Awareness and Guidance for RPAS Operations

6PM plc,                    UoM               

ICT

 

Report on Final Selection

The following is the list of Projects selected for funding through the R&I 2013 Programme.

 

Project reference N

Proposal Title

Consortium

Area of Focus

R&I-2013-08

Improving dependability of generic software systems utilising the technology of unit testing.

UoM, Ixaris Systems (Malta) Ltd

ICT

R&I-2013-14

New Treatment for Epilepsy

UoM,                                       AAT Research Ltd                                     

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-23

Offshore Floating PVs

MCAST,    Econetique Ltd,             Azzopardi Fisheries Ltd. 

Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation                   

Offshore Solar technology

R&I-2013-25

Clean Flight 2

UoM,    Air Malta Ltd,   QuAero (Malta) Ltd,  Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd

Energy & Environment

R&I-2013-28

Thermal Imaging for Peripheral vascular Disease Monitoring In Diabetics

UoM,    Mater Dei Hospital                                       

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-39

Cloud Human-Machine Interaction

MIIS Ltd,       MCAST

Value-Added Manufacturing

R&I-2013-41

Malta Human Genome Project

UoM,  Mater Dei  Hospital

Health & Biotechnology

R&I-2013-42

Situation Awareness and Guidance for RPAS Operations

6PM plc,                    UoM                

ICT

 

 

* The coordinator is listed in bold, while other members of the Consortium are listed in italics.

 

The following table summarises the selection stages:

 

 

Qty

Requested Budget

Submitted Proposals

42

€ 6.9M

Total Shortlisted Proposals

17

€ 2.8M

Total Funded Proposals

8

€ 1.4M

 

Changes to the Rules of Participation

 

Section 3.6.3 Mandatory Deliverables

The project’s list of deliverables should include a Feasibility Check as a Deliverable 1.

Only the projects that pass Feasibility Report evaluation are accepted for the full financing. Feasibility Study should be performed according to the Feasibility Study Guidelines and should include the following reports: IP Check, Market Research and Product Development costing.

Please note that the Rules for Participation have been updated 

Clarifications in the 2013 Rules for Participation v1.1 published 18 February 2013

Section 3.6.5

- Researchers, operators and students engaged specifically for the project fall outside the 20% limit on personnel costs;

- Subcontracting activities fall outside the 20% limit on personnel costs;

- Project management cannot be subcontracted;

- End of project financial audits can be subcontracted.

Section 3.6.7(b) Recoverable VAT is an ineligible cost.

 

Please note that the Dummy Budget has been updated (20 February 2013)

 

Attached Documents:

Technical Audit Template

R&I Project Reporting Template

MCST Brand Book v1.0

R&I Programme Launch Session

Guidelines for Technical Report

R&I Programme Rules for Participation

Dummy Budget

Lightweight Project Proposal Form

Documents & Downloads
News Date: 
1. February 2013