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					  Malta Council for Science and Technology




National R&I Programme 2011
             Launch
     and Information Session


                     Eric Flask
          Director, National Funding Unit

                26 November 2010
    Agenda

    10:00   Welcome Coffee & Registration

    10:15   National R&I Programme – Launch &
            Info Session
            Mr. Eric Flask, Director, MCST

    11:15   Q&A Session

    12:00   Closure

2                          26 Nov 10
    Outline
    • National R&I Programme Overview
    • R&I Programme 2011
      – Scope and Focus
      – Funding Modalities
      – Project Considerations
      – Evaluation Criteria
      – Submission & Timeframes

    • Conclusion
    • Q&A
3                       26 Nov 10
                National
    Research & Innovation Programme
               An Overview




4                 26 Nov 10
    National R&I Programme
    Programme Participation

                                                        Total
                 Total        Requested    Available
     Programme                                         Projects
               Proposals       Funding      Budget
                                                       Funded
     RTDI 2004        85        €7.0M       €700K        15

      R&I 2006        58        €7.0M       €930K         7

      R&I 2008        40        €5.4M       €700K         7

      R&I 2009        17        €1.5M       €300K         3

      R&I 2010        40        €5.8M       €700K         5

5                              26 Nov 10
    The National R&I Programme
    Programme Objectives
                       2004            2006                 2008                  2009                 2010
                   Programme       Programme            Programme             Programme            Programme

    Thematic     No preference   4 priority sectors   4 priority sectors   4 priority sectors   4 priority sectors


    Focus        Any             Applied              Collaborative        Collaborative        Collaborative
                                 research,            research             research             research
                                 innovation
    Consortium   Any             Preference for       Required             Required             Required
                                 industry-            industry +           industry +           industry +
                                 academia             academia             academia             academia
    Allocation   Many small      Few large            Few large            Few large projects   Few large projects
                 projects        projects             projects             (€50K - €100K)       (€50K - €200K)
                                                      (€50K - €200K)
    Selection    Quality of      Prospects for        Balanced             Balanced with        Balanced with
    criteria     science         economic                                  emphasis on          emphasis on
                                 benefit                                   Potential Impact     Potential Impact


6                                                 26 Nov 10
    R&I Programme 2011
       Scope & Focus




7          26 Nov 10
    The National R&I Programme
    Scope & Focus

    • Financial support for research, development and
      innovation in Science and Technology

    • Focus on technology transfer between:
        – Knowledge providers (Academic Institution)
        – Knowledge users (Industry)
        Technology transfer to fulfill genuine need (funding limits apply)

    • Focus on 4 Priority Areas
        1. Environment and Energy Resources
        2. Information and Communications Technology
        3. Value-added Manufacturing and Services
        4. Health and BioTech

8                                        26 Nov 10
State Aid

• Operates under de minimis state aid regime:
    – Projects in fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture ineligible
    – Industry to ensure they do not exceed allowable limit of aid
      (€200K gross over 3-year period)
    – Necessary reporting required

• Complements Malta Enterprise scheme to
  promote R&D in industry

• Double funding not allowed – checks are
  conducted
9                             26 Nov 10
 Participation
 • Consortium
     – At least 2 participants, (a) an academic institution and (b)
       industry
     – other partners may be included but must add value

 • Maltese legal entities (academia, public, private,
   NGOs) eligible for funding

 • Foreign entities eligible but not funded

 • Project Coordinator must be Maltese legal entity

 • Conflict with fundamental aim of Programme
10                             26 Nov 10
     R&I Programme 2011
       Funding Modalities




11          26 Nov 10
 Funding Modalities

 • Eligible Direct Costs
     – Technical and management personnel
     – Purchase of specialised equipment
     – Travel, networking, dissemination
     – Subcontracting (limit 25%)

 • Eligible Indirect Costs
     – 10% of eligible costs, excluding subcontracting,
       excluding equipment over €5,000

12                        26 Nov 10
 Funding Modalities
 • Eligible Direct Costs
     – Technical personnel
     – Project Management (limit 10%)
     – Purchase of specialised equipment
     – Travel, networking, dissemination, externalization
     – Subcontracting (limit 25%)

 • Eligible Indirect Costs
     – 10% of eligible costs, excluding subcontracting,
       excluding equipment over €5,000

13                        26 Nov 10
 Funding Modalities
 •   Ineligible Direct Costs
     – Expenses related to loans, interest, etc
     – Recoverable value added tax.
     – Expenses which are recoverable through other
       funding mechanisms
     – Re-purchase of equipment originally procured
       through other funding mechanisms
     – Normal office equipment


14                      26 Nov 10
 Funding Modalities
• Project funding: €50K – €200K
• Project duration: 1yr – 3yrs
• Funding restrictions
     – Up to 75% for individual participant
     – Up to 75% for funding category
     – Up to 25% for Maltese Public Bodies
• Funding levels
     – Public, Academic, NGO: 100%
     – Business: 75%
15                        26 Nov 10
 Funding Modalities cont.

• Allocation of funding
     – Project Structured in stages (12 months per stage)
     – Advanced payments in tranches
     – Initial advanced payment 100%
     – Further payments depend on reporting
     – Retention of 10% of total project grant
     – Retention of 20% for single-stage projects


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     R&I Programme 2011
      Project Considerations




17           26 Nov 10
 Financial Considerations
 • Participants must maintain separate financial
   accounts and separate bank account

 • Actual costs with fiscal receipts

 • Costs determined in accordance with usual
   accounting and management procedures

 • Expenses must be consistent with principles of
   economy, efficiency and effectiveness

 • Refundable expenses limited to allocation
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 Importance of IP

     • Ownership of IP and all rights rests with
       participants
     • Consortium IP agreement must be signed
       within 3 weeks of receiving evaluation
       result
     • Start discussions early
     • Get help
       – The IP office at UoM anton.bartolo@um.edu.mt
       – Patenting Office
19                          26 Nov 10          28 Oct 10
 Other Issues

 • Significant events – inform MCST

 • Withdrawal of participant – agree with MCST
   for reallocation or replacement

 • Default – MCST entitled to withdraw funding
   and claim refund


20                   26 Nov 10
     R&I Programme 2011
      Changes to Programme




21           26 Nov 10
 The National R&I Programme
     Changes to Programme

•          Project Management and Consultancy Costs
       –        Target 7% of overall budget
       –        Limited to a maximum of 10% of overall budget


•          Dissemination and Externalization by Project Participants
       –        Coordinators to include but budgeted separately under ‘other’
                expenses:
            •      2 articles per year (min) to be featured in local publications
            •      Half-day event (min) to present project results.
            •      Local externalisation events encouraged but limited to be held at
                   MCST and exclude food other than light refreshments


•          IP agreement
       –        Application process will require more details at an early stage

22                                         26 Nov 10
     R&I Programme 2011
       Evaluation Criteria




23           26 Nov 10
Evalution Criteria
Marking and Thresholds



 • Evaluated on 4 criteria

 • Each criterion allocated maximum of 5 marks

 • No weighting

 • Threshold of 3 for each criterion

 • Overall threshold of 14
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 Evaluation Criteria
     1. Programme Objectives                                                           n
                                                                                 e rio
                                                                            crit
         – Priority sectors
                                                                          r                n
         – Industry Academia Collaboration
                                                                     s pe            e rio
                                                               m ark         r crit
     2. Concept and Approach
                                                        o  f5           s pe             rks
         – Workplan                                 um            m ark          4  ma
                                                xim           f3             f1
                                              Ma         ld o           ld o
     3. Quality of Consortium                        sho            sho
         – Knowledge and skills                T hre          T hre
                                                          all
         – Balanced participation and funding
                                                    O ver

     4. Potential Impact
          –   Commercialisation
          –   Spillover effects
          –   Cost Benefits
          –   Licensing

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 Four Evaluation Criteria
     1. Programme Objectives
       – Degree of fit with priority sectors
       – Extent of collaboration between academia and industry
       – Addresses a genuine need for knowledge transfer

     2. Concept and Approach
       –   Conceptually sound
       –   Clearly defined objectives, ambitious but achievable
       –   Clearly defined deliverables
       –   Proposes suitable actions


26                             26 Nov 10
 Evaluation Criteria cont.
 3. Quality of Consortium
     –   Participants have necessary knowledge and skills
     –   Balanced participation and funding


 4. Potential Impact
     –   Application and uses of research and deliverables
     –   Commercialisation of Project results.
     –   Roadmap for realisation of benefits
     –   Spillover effects
     –   Other Benefits
            •   Cost Reduction
            •   Licensing
            •   Networking
            •   Organisational Benefits
27                              26 Nov 10
     R&I Programme 2011
     Submissions & Timeframes




28            26 Nov 10
 Process
                                       1
 • Pre-registration              / 201
                          13 /01

 • 2-stage submission and evaluation process
 • Shortlisting stage                                                   oon
                                                                      n
     – Lightweight preliminary proposal                         0 11,
                                                          0 2/2
     – Estimates of timeframes, costings              03/

 • Selection stage                                       n
                                                     noo
     –   Full project proposal                 0 11,
     –   Details of participants         0 4/2
                                     07/
     –   Activities, timeframes, detailed budgets and distribution
     –   Draft IP Agreement

29                                  26 Nov 10
 Submissions of Proposals

• Electronic Submissions to rtdi.mcst@gov.mt
• One single file in Ms Word (.doc) format (without
     signatures)

• One single file in Portable Document Format (.pdf)
     (includes a scanned signed copy of the Participant Details Section for
     each participant)

• Files limited to 5MB per file
• All received proposals acknowledged by email

30                                  26 Nov 10
 Timeframes
                                            Standard
 Milestone                                                   R&I Programme 2011
                                            Schedule
 Budget Announcement followed by
                                              Oct – Nov           October – November 2010
 pre-announcement of Launch
 Launch Announcement & Info Session           Nov Wk 4           Friday, 26 November 2010
 Additional Information Session               Dec Wk 1            Friday, 03 December 2010
 Pre-registration Cut-off Date                 Jan Wk 2           Thursday, 13 January 2011
 Deadline for First Stage Submission          Feb Wk 1    Thursday, 03 February 2011, noon
 First Stage Evaluation Results               Mar Wk 2                Friday, 11 March 2011
 Deadline for Second Stage Submission         Apr Wk 1       Thursday, 07 April 2011, noon
 Second Stage Evaluation Results               Jun Wk 3                Friday, 17 June 2011
 Signing of Grant Agreement (incl. IP)         Jul Wk 2                   By mid July 2011


31                                       26 Nov 10
 Getting Involved
     • Submit your own proposal
        –   Max length of proposal
        –   Clarity and conciseness

     • Get in touch with Academia
        –   allow enough time for signatures

     • Get in touch with MCST for Assistance
        –   discuss your proposal with us before submission



32                           26 Nov 10
             Run through
     Preliminary Application Form




33              26 Nov 10
     Q&A Session




34      26 Nov 10
 Thank You
                                                           NOTE:
                                                    Additional / Repeat
     For Further Information Contact:                   Info Session
                                                   Friday 3rd December,
                                                              December
        Eric Flask                                   at 13.30 at MCST
        Director, National Funding Unit
        Malta Council for Science and Technology
        Villa Bighi, Bighi
        Kalkara, KKR1320

        Email:   eric.flask@gov.mt / rtdi.mcst@gov.mt
        Tel:     (356) 2360 2123
        Fax:     (356) 2166 0341
        Web:     www.mcst.gov.mt



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