The Malta Council for Science and Technology is launching a COVID-19 R&D Fund aimed at providing innovative and/or improved approaches in relation to antiviral research and the control and containment of the spread in the wake of the global pandemic.
“Late last night, Malta obtained the approval for a €5.3 million fund dedicated to research related to COVID-19. This will enable our country to strengthen our knowledge about the coronavirus and other tools which might help the health authorities while doing their analysis,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy Clayton Bartolo, as he welcomed the European Commission’s approval for Malta to establish a fund dedicated to research.
Apart from targeting innovative solutions to the current situation, the scheme also aims to draw on lessons learnt from COVID-19 and develop foresight tools and methodologies for the future.
Submitted projects could address relevant medicinal products (including vaccines) and treatments, their intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials; medical devices, hospital and medical equipment and necessary raw materials; disinfectants and their intermediary products and raw chemical materials necessary for their production; data collection and processing tools related to innovative and/or improved approaches with regards to current and/or future infectious disease prevention; trajectory of the epidemic/pandemic disease; applications aimed at better dissemination of recommendations by national or international health authorities; as well as any other antiviral relevant research that can lead to human epidemy.
The proposal should be novel and not correspond with ongoing or completed projects funded by other instruments, programmes or projects. Projects that have received a COVID-19-specific Seal of Excellence quality label under the Horizon 2020 SME-instrument would also be eligible to apply under this fund.
Proposals must be timely, with rapid activation, to enable early and valuable outcomes to be established. Successful proposals will see Maltese entities entering into a Grant Agreement with MCST and Malta Enterprise. All aid must be awarded by 31st December 2020.