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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) within the Office of the Prime Minister is the national advisory body on science, technology research and innovation policy. The MCST is responsible for identifying and addressing major science and technology challenges and issues of strategic importance for Malta, thereby contributing to the development of coherent and sustainable policy visions and initiatives.

MCST’s main remit is to encourage increased public and private investments in science, research and innovation with a view to embedding a culture for science, technology and innovation. Besides compiling the National Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation 2007-2010 and the New R&I Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the Council is also responsible for the National Science Popularisation Strategy. Since 2010, the Council has been operating under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister with a renewed remit to ensure strategic coordination of research and innovation policies across Ministries. 

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is the National Funding organisation for Research and Innovation in Malta. In support of the Strategic Plan, the Council provides state financing in the form of grants for research, development and innovation in science and technology which aim to support knowledge transfer between academia and industry with specific focus on the four priority sectors identified in the National R&I Strategy namely Environment and Energy Resources, ICT, Value Added Manufacturing and Health and Biotechnology.

International cooperation

The MCST is also the national agency responsible for spearheading and coordinating Malta’s participation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and has been highly successful in ensuring a high level of participation in the programme. The Council is also participating in over 30 FP7 projects which include a number of NCP projects.

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is currently participating in 3 FP7 ERANet projects:

§  ICT-AGRI - Coordination of European research on ICT and robotics in agriculture and related environmental issues. The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European Research Area and develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture.

§  SEAS-ERA - Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programmes isa partnership of the leading Marine RTD Funding Organizations in 18 countries. In addition, a range of observers are associated with the project. SEAS-ERA aims at coordinating the national and regional RTD activities.

§  BS ERA-NET - Networking on science and technology in the Black Sea region. The main objectives of the BS-ERA.NET project are to reduce the fragmentation of the European Research Area (ERA) by improving the coherence and coordination of national and regional research programmes and to develop and strengthen the coordination of public research programmes conducted at national and regional level in the Black Sea Region.

  

 

 

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