MCST launches The Horizon 2020 Awards Scheme

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce the Horizon 2020 Awards. The awards will reward the Maltese beneficiaries for having participated in research and innovation projects within the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The aim of these awards is to recognise and celebrate outstanding projects that through their results have transcended benefits to the scientific research community, policy makers and society as a whole. Moreover, the awards will demonstrate the socio-economic benefits of investment in research and innovation (R&I) and aim to increase participation from Maltese entities in the next EU Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, which will be launched in 2021.

The Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, stated, “The Council acknowledges the benefits of the research outputs resulting from projects funded by the Framework Programme,  and their positive impact on our personal lives and social wellbeing. We would like to invite all past and active stakeholders to participate in the Horizon 2020 Award scheme which will allow us to celebrate their notable achievements through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme”

The scheme will recognise the achievements in nine different award categories, eight for legal entities and one for individual researchers. The award categories are Best Impact for Health; Security or Smart Mobility Award; The Blue Award; The Green Award; The Climate Award; Gender, Culture, Equality or Citizen Science Award; Best Innovative SME Award; Best Promotion of STEM Award; Best Technological Innovation Award and Most Active Researcher Award.

The Horizon 2020 Awards will provide the winners with visibility within the local research community and beyond. The award prize for each category is €5,000.

Maltese registered legal entities which are beneficiaries and are in the possession of a signed grant agreement with budget allocation for theirHorizon 2020 project/s, are eligible to apply and participate in the scheme. For the Most Active Researcher award, the researchers should have been employed or is currently employed with a Maltese Entity which is in possession of a signed grant agreement with a budget allocation for the Horizon 2020 project/s.

The scheme is open as from 26/10/2020 and interested parties should apply with the application forms found at http://mcst.gov.mt/mcst-news/horizon-2020-award-scheme/. Applicants need to submit their completed and signed application form to MCST before the closing of Horizon 2020 Awards on the 16/11/2020 at noon, 12.00 CET.

Application form, evaluation results and/or a copy of the Grant Agreement details are to be sent in digital format to email: horizonawards@gov.mt.

Award winners will be announced before the end of the year.

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