Innovation

Innovation and exportation go hand-in-hand thanks to the strong link between innovative businesses and exporting capabilities. We are here to guide you as you make your move into the international marketplace, to help grow your company through innovation and give you an enduring competitive edge.

Innovation

Institute: MCST
Title: FUSION
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FUSION, presents a funding programme that supports Research and Innovation with the ultimate goal of promoting and supporting local research and innovation as well as providing the necessary handholding in order to enable researchers and technologists to turn their innovative ideas into a market ready reality.


Institute: MCST
Title: Commercialisation Voucher Programme
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This programme supports the assessment of such commercialisation potential prior to the actual undertaking of any research and development. As a result, the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme aims at assisting inventors and researchers to assess the commercial and market potential of their ideas.  


Institute: MCST
Title: Technology Development Programme
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The Technology Development Programme is another programme within FUSION, with the aim of providing state financing in the form of grants for research, development and innovation in science and technology. The focus of the Programme is to fund the actual development of the research and innovation proposal with the possibility of having a prototype of the proposed solution.


Institute: European Commission
Title: ERANETMED
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ERANETMED aims to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges faced by the region. The project works to reduce the fragmentation of programming by increasing coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries.


Institute: ECSEL Joint Undertaking
Title: ECSEL
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The ECSEL Joint Undertaking – the Public-Private Partnership for Electronic Components and Systems – funds Research, Development and Innovation projects for world-class expertise in these key enabling technologies, essential for Europe’s competitive leadership in the era of the digital economy. Through the ECSEL JU, the European industry, SMEs and Research and Technology Organisations are supported and co-financed by 30 ECSEL Participating States and the European Union.


Institute: MCST
Title: Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme
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The Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme aims to foster mutually beneficial international relationships between local R&I-performing academic or private entities and foreign counterparts. The scheme will achieve this by funding a number of activities which can promote Internationalisation


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Innovation Aid for SMEs
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This measure is open to all SMEs that qualify for this incentive and shall allow these undertakings to recover in the form of tax credits, part of the costs incurred for the loan of highly qualified personnel from large undertakings and Research and Knowledge-dissemination Organisation. The aid shall be granted in the form of tax credits and shall be capped at 50% of the eligible costs.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Investment Aid Tax Credits 2014-2020
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Investment Aid Tax Credits are intended to sustain the regional industrial and economic development of Malta.  This measure facilitates initial investments by encouraging the setting up of new establishments and the expansion and development of existing businesses.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Aid for Research and Development Projects (Tax Credits) 
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This incentive measure allows companies to claim tax credits on costs incurred directly or indirectly in carrying out an R&D project or projects relevant to the company’s trade. Eligible projects should seek to achieve an advance in a field of science or technology through the resolution of scientific or technological uncertainty.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Business Development and Continuity
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The Business Development & Continuity Scheme is intended to facilitate value added projects that are expected to contribute to the regional development of Malta and to support existing undertakings sustain operations during restructuring. The Scheme may support various activities such as the initial development phase on undertakings establishing an operational base in Malta, expansion projects, consolidation of activities and the reorganisation of activities. Supported initiatives should lead to the development of new business or to ensuring the continuity of current operations.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title:R&D Feasibility Studies 2014 – 2020
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Since Research & Development initiatives are associated with high risk, it is advisable that undertakings undertake R&D Feasibility studies to determine that the key elements of the proposed research project are based on sound principles. The objective of this incentive is to support undertakings intending to undertake Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects in carrying out R&D Feasibility Studies in preparation for these projects.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Research and Development 2014-2020
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This measure supports industrial research or experimental development carried out for the acquisition of knowledge leading to the development of innovative products and solutions.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Soft Loans
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Soft Loans support enterprises through loans at low interest rates for part financing investments in qualifying expenditure. Soft Loans are available to manufacturing enterprises and only after Malta Enterprise completes a due diligence exercise on the applicant and the proposed project. The main objective of this incentive is to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Certify (Tax Credits) 2018-2020
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Certify (Tax Credits) 2018 – 2020 is a fiscal measure administered by the Malta Enterprise Corporation to encourage eligible undertakings to continuously improve the quality of their products, services and processes through the attainment of industry recognised certifications. The scheme is intended to boost awareness of the added value that may be achieved through certification when competing in international markets.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Certify (Tax Credits) 2018-2020
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Certify (Tax Credits) 2018 – 2020 is a fiscal measure administered by the Malta Enterprise Corporation to encourage eligible undertakings to continuously improve the quality of their products, services and processes through the attainment of industry recognised certifications. The scheme is intended to boost awareness of the added value that may be achieved through certification when competing in international markets.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Cooperate for Growth
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International markets present various opportunities to forward-looking businesses. Undertakings willing to build capacity to compete in different markets tend to be more innovative in their product/service offerings and processes. This incentive aims to support undertakings that are willing to establish new markets, or to introduce a new service or product in an existing international market.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Interest Rate Subsidies
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Loan Interest Rate Subsidies is an access to finance tool that aims to help increase the competitiveness and innovative capacity of enterprises by supporting the acquisition of tangible and intangible capital assets that lead to a more effective and efficient production and supply of service. The main objective of this incentive is to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Loan Guarantees
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Loan Guarantees facilitate access to finance to assist enterprises in the acquisition of capital assets that will lead to a more effective and efficient production and supply of service/s.  The main objective of this incentive is to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.


Institute: Malta Enterprise
Title: Micro Guarantee Scheme 2017-2020
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This Micro Guarantee Scheme shall provide eligible undertakings with a guarantee of up to 70% on loans required to finance business enhancement, growth and development. 


Institute: European Commission
Title: Business Beyond Borders 
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Business Beyond Borders is a EC-funded initiative which helps businesses, in particular SMEs and Clusters, to operate internationally, with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe. Additional support is provided to companies participating at international fairs by establishing a series of Business to Business, Cluster to Cluster, and Business to Cluster matchmaking events; and by supporting the development of the companies’ activities in target markets 


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: SME Internationalisation Grant Scheme
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This Grant Scheme seeks to support SMEs through the provision of Grants to part-finance costs to actively participate in International Business Promotion Fairs held outside the territory of the Republic of Malta, aimed at the internationalisation of the Undertaking by introducing their products/services to new markets and by strengthening their international market presence.


Institute: European Commission
Title: COSME
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COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs. COSME supports better access to finance for SMEs, access to markets for SMEs, entrepreneurship, more favourable conditions for business creation and growth.


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: SME Diversification and Innovation Grant Scheme
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This Grant Scheme aims to incentivise SMEs to adapt and become more resilient and address market challenges whilst offering timely support to nurture the right environment towards the potential future business growth of the enterprise. 


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: SME Growth Grant Scheme
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This scheme seeks to assist SMEs to address this gap by providing support in the form of non-repayable Grants to part-finance investments towards the implementation of their growth strategies related to the extension of the capacity of an existing establishment, or the setting up of a new establishment.​


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme
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In today’s globally competitive environment, consultancy has become an ever present feature supporting enterprises in their decision making processes by imparting valuable advice to businesses with a view to help them do things more effectively and efficiently.


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: e-Commerce Grant Scheme
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Information and Communication Technology is central for socio-economic development and businesses can greatly benefit from its application.  Embracing ICT through online selling can open up new markets for SMEs and encourage a more entrepreneurial and innovative ​mind-set, as well as result in better employment opportunities.


Institute: Business Enhance
Title: RD&I Grant Scheme
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R&D&I is a critical element for enterprises to remain competitive and take advantage of their growth potential and become more innovative through the development of innovative products and solutions. The scheme supports enterprises through the provision of a non-repayable grant for research, development and innovation actions within the Smart Specialization Areas outlined in the National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020.