Support with National and EU Funding

EU and National funding make for a considerable source of financing for all legal entities. They aim at increasing the possibilities for different kinds of activities in and by such beneficiaries, while boosting their capacity and enabling them to play a greater and more significant role in furthering their interests in several diverse sectors of society and the economy.

Such funds aim at contributing towards improving the quality of life for our society and at ensuring smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe by 2020.

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Each EU Member State has its own national funding mechanisms through which it implements its industrial, social and economic policies subject to EU De Minimis Aid Regulations and the General Block Exemption Regulation.

In Malta, there are various opportunities available for national funding. These include funds targeted for NGOs, SMEs, Start-ups as well as other Enterprises.

National funds include schemes for Start-ups, Business Development, SMEs and Enterprises, Schemes funding Research and Innovation Activities, Schemes for Voluntary Organisations and more.

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The year 2014 marked the start of a new financial programming period for the EU. However, notwithstanding the European Commission’s commitment to simplify its funding mechanisms, finding your way through the EU funding jungle and tapping into the right EU funding programme(s) is definitely no simple task, as a quick glimpse at the available funding programmes, mapped out in the diagram below will amply show. Often, most entities and individuals needing funds find themselves lost in a labyrinth of rules, regulations, paperwork and bureaucracy, making it almost inconceivable to access the right funding call by the stipulated deadline and making it almost impossible for them to be able to focus on the core objective of the project, while also handling the administrative requirements of the project in the event of a successful project application outcome.

To be sure, some have tried going for it alone and some have even been successful. However, even those who have been successful have learned the lesson the hard way: the learning curve is steep and even in the unlikely event that going for it alone results in a successful outcome, the time spent on learning how to walk the tight ropes of EU funding applications might not be worth its while unless those concerned are planning to keep abreast of developments and to use the knowledge thus acquired to submit other proposals in the same programming period. This is also where we come in. We have a dedicated team of specialists focusing on different funding areas who can help you with your funding needs and who keep abreast of market, policy and regulatory developments as part of their job to be able to advise you on your EU Funding options as well as on your funding proposals.

Once you have secured funding, we can also help you manage your project so that you can focus where you should be focusing – on the core objectives of the project – while we take care of the administratively burdensome parts for you. If you expect that you will be applying for other EU Funding avenues in the future, we can also train your members of staff to manage such projects. Our advice is against practicing the false economy of employing someone new to EU Funding to manage such projects. Fund recoveries may in the end be much more costly than employing someone with experience in these matters or outsourcing your project management function or training thereon to someone with experience like us.

Equinox Advisory has recently expanded its Funding team to further support its clients with National and EU Funding consultations and hands-on support. The team has extensive experience in preparing successful grant applications and project proposals for national and EU funding programmes, as well as project management and project coordination.

The services we offer include:

  • Developing an innovative project idea and adapting it to a suitable funding scheme;
  • Bringing together the best consortium of partners and securing your interests through a solid contractual framework;
  • Structuring the project in terms of objectives, work packages, tasks, deliverables and outcomes;
  • Developing appropriate management and communication structures;
  • Refining the scientific and technical content;
  • Defining work and time plans for the project duration;
  • Writing the non-technical parts of an application ensuring that the project addresses the call appropriately, as well as EU policies, priorities and targets;
  • Describing the potential impact and exploitation of the results by striking the right balance between open source publications and ensuring that IP is protected at all times;
  • Calculating the project budget;
  • Ensuring that the call objectives are being met (e.g. increasing social welfare, maximising scientific impact, and ensuring commercialisation potential);
  • Completing the administrative forms;
  • Reviewing the final proposal to ensure coherence and impact;
  • Advising on publicity requirements;
  • Advising on procurement regulations for procurement activities that need to take place within the project ambit; and
  • Submitting the application (e.g. via an electronic submission system).

At Equinox Advisory you will find the support, hand-holding and service you require to ensure that your idea is presented for funding with the right consortium and proposal.

Further to our proposal writing services, Equinox Advisory can support you with Project Management, thus facilitating all the paperwork, follow-up, communication, financial claims and project reporting in line with project timelines.

For a free, no obligation first consultation meeting, you can contact us on (+356) 2137-6242. This way we can assess the potential of your project idea and the opportunity to work together, subject to a contractually binding Non-Disclosure Agreement that we can provide you with on request.

Below is an interactive EU Funds Map. Click on the plus sign next to each funding programme to learn more. Click it again to dismiss.

EU Funds Map

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

ARIMNET


ARIMNET is an ERA-Net project funded by the European Union through its 7th Framework Programme in 2008. It primarily encourages research in the field of agricultural within the Mediterranean basin as well as the co-operation between EU Member States and other countries of the Mediterranean region in dealing with common issues they face including inter alia the management of natural resources, crop protection and security and the sustainability of agricultural production resulting from climate change. It essentially brings together a network of funding organisations and national research institutions whose task chiefly centres on the coordination of national research activities and the identification of joint research programmes.


http://arimnet-call.eu/

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)


Launched in 1962, the CAP, in essence, is a partnership between agriculture and society and between Europe and its farmers with the primary objective of addressing the need for nutrition of more than 500 million European citizens. As the name implies, the CAP is common to all member states of the EU and is funded on an annual basis through the EU’s budgeting mechanism. By having the policy centralised rather than having disparate policies across all member states fosters a European single market, addresses the volatility associated with agricultural markets and promotes the competitiveness of the sector per se.


http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-post-2013/

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)


Launched in 1962, the CAP, in essence, is a partnership between agriculture and society and between Europe and its farmers with the primary objective of addressing the need for nutrition of more than 500 million European citizens. As the name implies, the CAP is common to all member states of the EU and is funded on an annual basis through the EU’s budgeting mechanism. By having the policy centralised rather than having disparate policies across all member states fosters a European single market, addresses the volatility associated with agricultural markets and promotes the competitiveness of the sector per se.


http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-post-2013/

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)


In line with Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005, the EAFRD has the main objective of financing the rural development of member states only where expenditure is managed in a joint manner, thereby improving the economic development of the areas concerned. The budget commitments for this purpose are made annually and include pre-financing, interim payments effected and payments for the ultimate balance.


http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rural-development-2014-2020_en

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


The EMFF is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds which complement each other to deliver more jobs and growth in the EU by helping fishermen move to more sustainable fishing practices and diversify the economies of coastal communities. In particular, it supports two main EU polices that are the Integrated Maritime policy (IMP) and the Common Fisheries policy (CFP). The European Commission has delegated to EASME the implementation of part of the EMFF actions under direct management. Each country then subsequently has its own EMFF programme with a list of measures that are particularly tailored to the needs of the jurisdiction concerned.


https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/emff_en

ENI CBC MED


The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) wants to create a special relationship between the EU and each of its partner countries contributing to the development of an area of shared security, prosperity and good neighbourliness. With this purpose, EU cooperates with its Mediterranean partners to design some programmes that take into account each country’s specific needs and features. In this context, Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) has an important role; it is different from other forms of cooperation because it is characterised by the ability to operate for the benefits of both sides of the EU’s external borders. CBC programmes between EU member states and partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI. The main objectives of ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 are Business and SME development, support to education, research, technological development and innovation, promotion of social inclusion and the fight against the poverty as well as environmental protection, climate change adaption and mitigation.


http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/enicbcmed-2014-2020

Food Safety Policy


The European Union’s Food Safety policy aims to ensure that EU citizens enjoy safe and nutritious food produced from healthy plants and animals whilst also enabling the food industry to operate in the best possible conditions. They all contribute to the realisation of a single main objective that is to facilitate the free trading of food across all EU countries by ensuring the same high level of consumer protection in all Member States. This policy covers all parts of the food chain from animal feed and food production to processing, storage, transport, import and export, as well as retail sales. Thanks to this kind of approach all food and feed produced and sold in the EU can be traced from “farm to fork” and that consumers are well informed on the content of their food.


http://ec.europa.eu/food/overview_en

LIFE


This project is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Its main objective is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. It aims to contribute to the shift towards an economy based on resource-efficiency, low-carbon and resilience to climate changes, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment, and to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. In addition, the instrument seeks to improve policy in the field, support better environmental and climate governance across all areas. The programme is sub-divided into an Environment component and a Climate Action component.


http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/

URBACT III


The URBACT programme, for more than ten years, has been the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. Its mission is to enable the cities to find common solutions for urban transport through networking, learning from each other’s experiences and identifying good urban policies. URBACT III, which will be operational during the period 2014-2020, is based on four main pillars capacity for policy delivery, policy design, policy implementation and building and sharing knowledge. The planned interventions are three, chosen according to the objectives to be achieved and the strengths of URBACT II, transnational exchange, capacity-building and capitalisation and dissemination.


http://urbact.eu/

Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)


DCI was established by means of the Lisbon Treaty and aims to reduce poverty, foster sustainable economic, social and environmental development, promote democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights. There are three specific components covered by this initiative:

1. Geographic programmes that support cooperation with around 47 developing countries;
2. Thematic programmes that add value, complement and are in line with geographical programmes;
3. Pan-African programme that supports the strategic partnership between the EU and Africa.


https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/dci_en.htm_en

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)


This instrument provides assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It aims to support:

(1) the development of thriving civil societies and their specific role as key actors for positive change;
(2) stronger emphasis on vulnerable groups such as LGBTI, women and national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities;
(3) human rights emergencies and international and regional human rights protection mechanisms;
(4) electoral observation missions, following up their recommendations and improving democratic and electoral processes.


http://www.eidhr.eu/

European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (EVHAC)


This corps was set up by the Lisbon Treaty, with the objective of establishing a framework within which young Europeans interested in humanitarian aid can collaborate in joint contributions. The EVHAC also has a prime aim the promotion of EU citizenship, building support for humanitarian aid in general and fostering EU solidarity. The Corps also has as a chief objective the support of existing voluntary schemes, the security of volunteers in their working environments and local capacities and volunteering that need to be enhanced.


http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Guarantee Fund for External Actions


This fund protects the EU budget against the budgetary risks related to loans, and guarantees covering loans, granted to non-EU countries or for projects executed in those countries. It aims to protect European budget appropriations and to contribute to compliance with budgetary discipline. Its main objective is to pay the EU’s creditors in the event of default by the beneficiary in respect of a loan granted or guaranteed by the EU and a guaranteed loan granted by the European Investment Bank for which the EU acts as guarantor.


http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=URISERV:l34006&from=EN

Peace IV


It is a project of the European Union with the aim of supporting peace and reconciliation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was created in 1995 as a direct result of the EU’s desire to make a positive response to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994. The new programming period 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help address the peace and reconciliation needs of the region. The Peace IV initiative will focus on a narrower range of activities to ensure that there is a sufficient available funding to bring about significant change. There are four priority areas that are being followed; these being shared education, children and young people, shared spaces and services and building positive relations at a local level.


http://www.seupb.eu/2014-2020Programmes/PEACEIV_Programme/PEACEIV_Overview.aspx

EU Humanitarian Aid Instrument


EU humanitarian aid instrument provides assistance, relief and protection to people affected by natural or manmade disasters and emergencies alike. The focus is on the most vulnerable victims. EU assistance is coordinated by the European Commission's department for Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the funding is intended for countries outside the EU.

Humanitarian aid can be provided in many forms depending on the nature of the crisis, for instance through:

  • food and nutritional support;
  • medical assistance and psycho-social support;
  • water supplies and sanitation;
  • shelter;
  • emergency repairs to infrastructure;
  • demining;
  • education; and
  • disaster risk reduction.

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/ifs_en.htm_en

Customs 2020


Customs 2020 is an EU cooperation Programme providing national customs administrations with the possibility to create and exchange information, expertise and best practices. The main objective of the funding instrument is to support the functioning and modernisation of the customs union in order to strengthen the internal market by means of cooperation between Member States, their customs authorities and their officials. The aim of the fund is to achieve specific and operational objectives which centre on increasing safety and security, protecting citizens, improving the administrative capacity of customs authorities whilst also developing and improving EU-wide Information Systems and reinforcing the skills and competences of customs officials.


https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/customs-cooperation-programmes/customs-2020-programme_en

Fiscalis 2020


Fiscalis 2020 is an EU cooperation Programme enabling national tax administrations to create and exchange information, expertise and best practice in the field of taxation. The main objective of the funding instrument is to develop and operate major trans-European IT systems in partnership, as well as establish various person-to-person networks by bringing together national officials from across Europe. Its main objective is to improve the proper functioning of the taxation systems in the internal market by enhancing cooperation between Member States, their authorities as well as their officials. Fiscalis 2020 aims to improve revenue collection from national tax authorities, support the fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and aggressive tax planning together with the implementation of the Union law in the field of taxation through some specific and operational objectives.


https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/fiscalis-programme/fiscalis-2020-programme_en

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)


This funding programme was set up for the period 2014-2020 with the aim of promoting the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration. This fund will also provide financial resources for the activities and future development of the European Migration Network that wants to answer to EU institutions’, EU State authorities’ and their respective institutions’ needs for information on migration and asylum by providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable data, with the intention of supporting policy-making.


http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/financing/fundings/migration-asylum-borders/asylum-migration-integration-fund/index_en.htm

Civil Protection Financial Instrument (CPFI)


This instrument aims to support, coordinate and supplement the actions of the Member States in the field of civil protection to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. The protection covers primarily people, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage, against all natural and man-made disasters, including acts of terrorism, technological, radiological or environmental accidents, marine pollution and acute health emergencies, occurring inside or outside the Union.


http://ec.europa.eu/echo/funding-evaluations/financing-civil-protection_en

Hercule III


Hercule III is an annual work programme from 2016 which originally centres on the organisation of the three main calls for proposals related to (1) technical assistance, (2) legal training and studies as well as (3) training and conferences. The main objectives of this funding instrument is to strengthen the operational and administrative capacity to fight fraud and corruption, the organisation of conferences to raise awareness and the preparation of training workshops aimed at protecting the financial interests of the EU.


http://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/policy/hercule/hercule-iii_en

Internal Security Fund (ISF)


This is a funding instrument for the period 2014-2020 aiming to promote the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy, law enforcement cooperation and the management of the Union’s external borders. It is classified into two main instruments, being:

(1) ISF Borders and Visa which centres on maintaining a high level of security in the EU and facilitating legitimate travel and
(2) ISF Police which chiefly tackles cross-border crime and the co-operation of law enforcement authorities within the acquis communitaire.


http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/financing/fundings/security-and-safeguarding-liberties/internal-security-fund-police/index_en.htm

Justice Programme


The Justice Programme contributes to the development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. This funding instrument focuses on judicial cooperation on civil and criminal matters, judicial training with the aim of fostering a common legal and judicial culture, effective access to justice in Europe and initiatives in the field of the EU drugs policy. The actions will contribute to the effective, comprehensive and consistent implementation of Union law instruments and policies, improve the understanding of potential issues affecting these rights, have a transnational impact, contribute to the elaboration and dissemination of best practices and create practical tools and solutions that address cross-border of Union-wide challenges.


http://ec.europa.eu/justice/grants1/programmes-2014-2020/justice/index_en.htm

Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme


This funding programme contributes to the further development of an area where equality and the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty, the Charter and international human rights conventions, are promoted and protected. It aims to promote non-discrimination, combat all forms of intolerance, promote the rights of persons with disabilities as well as the equal treatment of men and women, prevent violence against children and other vulnerable groups and ensure the highest level of protection.


http://ec.europa.eu/justice/grants1/programmes-2014-2020/rec/index_en.htm

European Development Fund (EDF)


The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument providing Community aid for development cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). EDF started by means of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, with a view to granting technical and financial assistance, initially to African countries with which some Member States had historical links. The 11th EDF will run from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €30.5 billion and an additional €2.6 billion will be made available by the European Investment Bank in the form of loans from its own resources.


http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=URISERV:r12102

Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)


Instrument for Stability is a project launched by the European Commission in 2007 and with whom it has intensified its work in the area of conflict prevention, crisis management and peace building. The projects are focused on different activities that IfS supports in situations of crises or emerging crises. It also enables the EU to build long-term international, regional and national capacity to address pervasive trans-regional and global threats.


http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/ifs_en.htm_en

ERANETMED


This project seeks to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges of the region. The main objectives of the programme are to reduce the fragmentation of programming in the Mediterranean region by trying to increase coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. Through the establishment of a framework for communication and coordination of programme owners and managers related to S&T cooperation from Europe and Mediterranean Partner Countries, this project seeks to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean R&I Cooperation, develop joint funding schemes and procedures between partners and support long-term and stable Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.


http://www.eranetmed.eu/

Erasmus+


Erasmus+ is the new EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport. Its main task is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion with the aims to reduce unemployment, especially among young people, promote adult learning, especially for web skills and skills required by the labour market, encourage young people to take part in European democracy, support innovation, cooperation and reform, reduce early school leaving and promote cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

Europe for Citizens


Europe for Citizens aims to bridge the gap between citizens and the European Union by means of financial instruments that promote active European citizenship. This Programme encourages and facilitates the wider involvement of citizens in the EU, increase participation in the current affairs of the Union and ensure broader understanding of the history of the EU. The Programme is classified in two main strands, being: European Remembrance, and Democratic engagement and civic participation.


https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en

Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)


The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is one of the main EU financial resources to support the implementation of Youth Guaranteed Schemes encouraging the development of measures to help young people up to the age of 25 to have access to good quality employment, continued education as well as an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed. This project was launched to provide extra support to young people aged below 25 and living in regions where youth unemployment was higher than 25% in 2012. It mainly supports the provision of apprenticeships, traineeships, job placements and further education leading to a qualification for young people who are not in education, employment or training.


http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1176

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments with the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars: Excellent Science; Societal Challenges; and Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds are available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Creative Europe


Creative Europe primarily seeks to help the cultural and creative sectors to seize the opportunities emanating from the “digital age” and globalisation, enabling these sectors to reach their full potential. By means of this instrument, they can contribute to the Europe 2020 goals of sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion. It also aims to open up new international opportunities, markets and audiences whilst safeguarding and promoting European cultural and linguistic diversity, thereby enhancing Europe’s cultural richness. The three sub-programmes under this funding instrument include: Culture, Media and the Cross-sectoral Strand.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

ENI CBC MED


The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is mandated to create a special relationship between the EU and each of its partner countries contributing to the development of an area of shared security, prosperity and good neighbourliness. With this aim, the EU cooperates with its Mediterranean partners to design programmes that take into account each country’s specific needs and features. In this context, Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) has an important role, which is different from other forms of cooperation, since it is characterised by the ability to operate for the benefits of both sides of the EU’s external borders. CBC programmes between EU Member States and partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI. The main objectives of ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 are Business and SME development, support to education, research, technological development and innovation, promotion of social inclusion and the fight against the poverty as well as environmental protection, climate change adaption and mitigation.


http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/enicbcmed-2014-2020

Eurostars 2


Eurostars 2 supports international innovative projects led by research and development-performing small-and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs) to stimulate the development of marketable innovative products, processes and services that improve the daily lives of people around the world. It is a joint programme divided principally into three main stages: Application; Evaluation; and Monitoring.


https://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/

EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)


COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs for the period 2014-2020 and it implements the Small Business Act (SBA) which reflects the Commission’s political will to recognise the central role of SMEs in the EU economy. It aims to support the SMEs in four specific areas: Facilitating Access to Finance, Supporting Internationalisation and Access to Markets; Fostering an Environment which seeks to Promote Competitiveness; and Encouraging an environment that promotes entrepreneurship.


http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme_en

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

Consumer Programme


The Consumer Programme supports the EU consumer policy for the years to come. Its main objective is to support European citizens in fully enjoying their consumer rights and actively participate in the Single Market, thus supporting growth, innovation and meeting the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Particularly, it is focused on developing a single market for safe products where citizens are well presented by professional consumer organisations and know their rights as consumers. It also seeks to foster a concrete and effective collaboration between national bodies to support the enforcement of consumer rights and support consumers with adequate and timely advice.


http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/eu_consumer_policy/financial-programme/index_en.htm

URBACT III


The URBACT III programme, is the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. Its mission is to enable the cities to find common solutions for urban transport by means of networking, learning from each other’s experiences and best practises, and identifying good urban policies. URBACT III, which will be operational during the period 2014-2020, is based on four main pillars capacity for policy delivery, policy design, policy implementation, as well as building and sharing knowledge. The planned interventions are three, chosen according to the objectives to be achieved and the strengths of URBACT II which include: Transnational Exchange, Capacity-Building and Capitalisation and Dissemination.


http://urbact.eu/

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments which has the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars (1) Excellent Science (2) Societal Challenges and (3) Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds will be made available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

ARIMNET


ARIMNET is an ERA-Net project funded by the European Union through its 7th Framework Programme in 2008. It primarily encourages research in the field of agricultural within the Mediterranean basin as well as the co-operation between EU Member States and other countries of the Mediterranean region in dealing with common issues they face including inter alia the management of natural resources, crop protection and security and the sustainability of agricultural production resulting from climate change. It essentially brings together a network of funding organisations and national research institutions whose task chiefly centres on the coordination of national research activities and the identification of joint research programmes.


http://arimnet-call.eu/

The Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP)


The Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme supports applied research on innovative ICT-enhanced services for ageing well, with a time to market of one to three years. It is driven by Member States and supported by the European Commission, to intensify EU competitiveness and tackle the ageing challenge. AAL JP aims to create better conditions of life for the older generation, strengthen the industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of information and communication technology (ICT), foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and system for ageing well, create a critical mass of research, development and innovation at EU level in technologies and services for active ageing in the information society, and improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common solutions, which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe.


http://www.aal-europe.eu/

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments which has the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars: Excellent Science; Societal Challenges; and Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds are available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Health for Growth


The Health for Growth Programme aims to work with Member States to encourage innovation in healthcare and increase the sustainability of health systems, to improve the health of the EU citizens and protect them from cross-border health threats. Particularly, it aims to:

  • develop common tools and mechanisms at EU level to address shortages of resources;
  • increase access to medical expertise and information for specific conditions also beyond national borders and to develop shared solutions and guidelines to improve healthcare quality and patient safety in order to increase access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens;
  • identify, disseminate and promote the up-take of validated best practices for cost-effective prevention measures by addressing the key risk factors, namely smoking, abuse of alcohol and obesity, as well as HIV / AIDS, with a focus on the cross border dimension, in order to prevent diseases and promote good health;
  • develop common approaches and demonstrate their value for better preparedness and coordination in health emergencies in order to protect citizens from cross-border health threats.

http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/policy/proposal2014_en.htm

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

Erasmus+


Erasmus+ is the new EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport. Its main task is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion with the aims to reduce unemployment, especially among young people, promote adult learning, especially for web skills and skills required by the labour market, encourage young people to take part in European democracy, support innovation, cooperation and reform, reduce early school leaving and promote cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments with the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars: Excellent Science; Societal Challenges; and Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds are available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI)


The Employment and Social Innovation Programme is an instrument financed at European-level. It is managed directly by the European Commission to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU. The primary aims of this Programme are to test new ideas for reform, evaluating them and then upscaling the best ones across Member States. It brings together three EU programmes managed separately between 2007 and 2013 and, starting in January 2014, now form the three axes of EaSI: PROGRESS; EURES; and PROGRESS Microfinance.


http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1081

ENI CBC MED


The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is mandated to create a special relationship between the EU and each of its partner countries contributing to the development of an area of shared security, prosperity and good neighbourliness. With this aim, the EU cooperates with its Mediterranean partners to design programmes that take into account each country’s specific needs and features. In this context, Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) has an important role, which is different from other forms of cooperation, since it is characterised by the ability to operate for the benefits of both sides of the EU’s external borders. CBC programmes between EU Member States and partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI. The main objectives of ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 are Business and SME development, support to education, research, technological development and innovation, promotion of social inclusion and the fight against the poverty as well as environmental protection, climate change adaption and mitigation.


http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/enicbcmed-2014-2020

URBACT III


The URBACT III programme, is the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. Its mission is to enable the cities to find common solutions for urban transport by means of networking, learning from each other’s experiences and best practises, and identifying good urban policies. URBACT III, which will be operational during the period 2014-2020, is based on four main pillars capacity for policy delivery, policy design, policy implementation, as well as building and sharing knowledge. The planned interventions are three, chosen according to the objectives to be achieved and the strengths of URBACT II which include: Transnational Exchange, Capacity-Building and Capitalisation and Dissemination.


http://urbact.eu/

URBACT III


The URBACT III programme, is the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. Its mission is to enable the cities to find common solutions for urban transport by means of networking, learning from each other’s experiences and best practises, and identifying good urban policies. URBACT III, which will be operational during the period 2014-2020, is based on four main pillars capacity for policy delivery, policy design, policy implementation, as well as building and sharing knowledge. The planned interventions are three, chosen according to the objectives to be achieved and the strengths of URBACT II which include: Transnational Exchange, Capacity-Building and Capitalisation and Dissemination.


http://urbact.eu/

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments which has the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars: Excellent Science; Societal Challenges and Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds are available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

INTERREG


INTERREG, through the creation of an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. The aim is to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact. The aim of the INTERREG funding programme is to create opportunities for regions that offer possibilities for economic, social and environmental progress. To achieve this goal, INTERREG presents different occasions for applicants to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities. Through interregional cooperation the applicants must identify a common interest and then work together for 3-5 years to share experiences, ideas and know-how. Each partner region must produce an action plan, step up a stakeholder group and participate in the INTERREG Policy Learning Platforms.


http://www.interreg4c.eu/

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF)


The European Structural & Investment Fund is the European Union's main investment policy tool. By 2023, with a budget of €454 billion for 2014-20, the ESIF will deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas; in this way it will support job creation and promote sustainable growth of the European economy, with a focus on the least developed areas. Furthermore, through territorial cooperation and macro-regional strategies, it contributes further to address shared challenges, exploiting thereby common potential. The ESIF will make a contribution to the Commission’s new political priorities in terms of digital single market, energy union and climate change policies, single market and economic governance. The EAFRD and the EMFF aforementioned fall under this Fund.


http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/funds_en.html

COST


COST is the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, a European framework which, through researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe, supports trans-national cooperation. It is a means for researchers, engineers and scholars to develop their ideas and, at the same time, new initiatives in all fields in science and technology (including humanities and social science) through a Pan-European network of nationally-funded research activities. Each of them has an objective, defined goals, clear deliverables and a duration of four years and they are all Pan-European, open, inclusive, multi- and interdisciplinary, future-oriented, researcher-driven and lightweight. The researchers or stakeholders who choose an Action participate in workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions and dissemination activities. In all these years, through its Action, COST has helped to reduce the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. COST anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes because it acts as a bridge towards the scientific communities of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries.


http://www.cost.eu/

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of the main financial instruments which has the objective of ensuring Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of research and innovation, of facilitating public-private collaborations and contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in response to economic crises. The Programme rests on three main pillars: Excellent Science; Societal Challenges and Competitive Industries. A total of €80 billion worth of funds are available for the period 2014-2020.


https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

URBACT III


The URBACT III programme, is the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. Its mission is to enable the cities to find common solutions for urban transport by means of networking, learning from each other’s experiences and best practises, and identifying good urban policies. URBACT III, which will be operational during the period 2014-2020, is based on four main pillars capacity for policy delivery, policy design, policy implementation, as well as building and sharing knowledge. The planned interventions are three, chosen according to the objectives to be achieved and the strengths of URBACT II which include: Transnational Exchange, Capacity-Building and Capitalisation and Dissemination.


http://urbact.eu/

ENI CBC MED


The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is mandated to create a special relationship between the EU and each of its partner countries contributing to the development of an area of shared security, prosperity and good neighbourliness. With this aim, the EU cooperates with its Mediterranean partners to design programmes that take into account each country’s specific needs and features. In this context, Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) has an important role, which is different from other forms of cooperation, since it is characterised by the ability to operate for the benefits of both sides of the EU’s external borders. CBC programmes between EU Member States and partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI. The main objectives of ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 are Business and SME development, support to education, research, technological development and innovation, promotion of social inclusion and the fight against the poverty as well as environmental protection, climate change adaption and mitigation.


http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/enicbcmed-2014-2020

INTERREG


INTERREG, through the creation of an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. The aim is to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact. The aim of the INTERREG funding programme is to create opportunities for regions that offer possibilities for economic, social and environmental progress. To achieve this goal, INTERREG presents different occasions for applicants to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities. Through interregional cooperation the applicants must identify a common interest and then work together for 3-5 years to share experiences, ideas and know-how. Each partner region must produce an action plan, step up a stakeholder group and participate in the INTERREG Policy Learning Platforms.


http://www.interreg4c.eu/

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)


The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to spur innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe to overcome some of its greatest challenges. The EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities are partnerships that create links and synergies between businesses, research centres and universities. They give researchers the possibility to develop innovative products and services in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing, start new companies and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. The EIT’s role is to guide the process and set the educational, entrepreneurial and innovation strategies, and the KIC’s have to put these into practice and provide results. They carry out activities that cover the entire innovation chain: training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects, as well as business incubators and accelerators.


https://eit.europa.eu/activities/innovation-communities

Eurostars 2


Eurostars 2 supports international innovative projects led by research and development-performing small-and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs) to stimulate the development of marketable innovative products, processes and services that improve the daily lives of people around the world. It is a joint programme divided principally into three main stages: Application; Evaluation; and Monitoring.


https://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/

European Innovation Partnership (EIP)


The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) is a new approach to EU research and innovation. EIPs are challenge-driven, focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets. They operate through the research and innovation chain, bringing together all relevant actors at EU, both national and regional levels with the aim of streamlining, simplifying and better coordinating existing instruments and initiatives. These steps are not taken independently, but they are designed and implemented in parallel with the aim of cutting lead times and making it easier for partners to co-operate and achieve better and faster results compared to what already exists. EIP focuses on five main areas, these being: Active and Healthy Ageing; Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity; Smart Cities and Communities; Water; and Raw Materials.


http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/index_en.cfm?pg=eip

ERANETMED


This project seeks to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges of the region. The main objectives of the programme are to reduce the fragmentation of programming in the Mediterranean region by trying to increase coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. Through the establishment of a framework for communication and coordination of programme owners and managers related to S&T cooperation from Europe and Mediterranean Partner Countries, this project seeks to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean R&I Cooperation, develop joint funding schemes and procedures between partners and support long-term and stable Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.


http://www.eranetmed.eu/

National and EU Funding Studies & Applications drafted by Equinox

Nationally Funded Project Applications, Application Support Studies, Project Research and Project Management works carried out by Equinox Advisory

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FUSION: Technology Development Programme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients and Government Entities

Equinox Advisory supported a number of private sector clients in tapping into the Technology Development Programme, supporting with Project Management and is also the service provider for developing Business Plans, Initial Patent Applications and setting up Meetings with potential Investors thus supporting them to develop their prototype and bringing their solutions and products to market. Private entities were funded up to 75% and Public entities were funded up to 100%.

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FUSION: The Commercialisation Voucher Programme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients and Higher Education Institutions

Equinox Advisory supported a number of private sector clients in tapping into the Commercialisation Voucher Programme and is also the service provider for all the services within the scheme, having to date already carried out: IP Check, Market Research, Product Development Costing, Economic Impact and Risk Profile activities for a number of local entities aiming to bring their research to market. Private entities were funded up to 75% and Public entities were funded up to 100%.

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Training Subsidy Scheme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory supported a number of private sector clients in tapping into the Training Subsidy Scheme, a grant to assist individuals with costs related to training to develop their skills by participating in further off-the-job vocational education funded by the European Social Fund 2007-2013.  The grant covered 75% of the direct training cost.

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Training Subsidy Scheme – Academic

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory supported  private sector clients in accessing the Training Subsidy Scheme – Academic (TSSA). The main objective of the scheme was to encourage and promote more participation in programmes on a Full-Time, Part-Time or Distance Learning basis. Funding up to €7,000 was available for courses at MQF 5, 6, 7 in areas related to Digital Media (Software development / Gaming) or Financial Services. The TSS (Academic) Scheme was co-funded by the European Social Fund 2007-2013.

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Training Aid Framework

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory supported clients from the private sector to tap into funds intended to promote access to the training of persons actively participating in the Maltese labour market, with a view to increasing productivity, knowledge, skills and enhancing adaptability in the private sector. This was made possible through a European Social Fund 2007-2013 allocation, on the rationale that it contributed to the EU’s economic and social policy by improving employability and job opportunities, as well as encouraging a higher level of employment and a transition to better jobs.

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Employment Aid Programme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

A number of clients were supported by Equinox Advisory to tap into the Employment Aid Programme that aimed to support the employment of disadvantaged and disabled persons in the labour market by offering wage subsidies to employers when employing such individuals. The Aid Programme enhanced the employability and productivity of vulnerable groups with low employment rates, facilitated access to employment and upgraded the skills of those furthest away from the labour market, and contributed to increase the country’s labour supply and achieve greater social cohesion. This scheme was made available through the European Social Fund 2007-2013.

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Employment in the Social Economy

Clients: Various NGOs

Equinox Advisory supported organisations with no economic activity operating in the social economy with tapping into the Employment in the Social Economy programme for the recruitment of disadvantaged and disabled persons. The aim was to upgrade the skills of those furthest away from the labour market through work experience.  The financial assistance under this programme was of €4,500 per annum for full time employees and € 2,250 for persons working on a 20 hour per week part-time basis. This scheme was made available through the European Social Fund 2007-2013.

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Micro Invest

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory supported microenterprises and self-employed clients to tap into the Micro Invest scheme aiming to assist them in their endeavours to innovate, expand, implement compliance directives and/or to develop their operations in their business. Such clients benefitted from tax credits representing a percentage of the eligible expenditure and wages of newly recruited employees and/or apprentices.

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ERDF International Competitiveness Grant Scheme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory supported private sector clients to tap into this funding programme in order to extend their activities to new markets or to introduce new services or products in an established market. This programme assisted enterprises in reducing their dependence on the local market and facilitate the exploration of inter-regional cooperation opportunities by reducing the risk involved in expanding into new markets. This was a scheme part-financed by the European Regional and Development Fund 2007-2013.

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Grant Scheme for Sustainable Tourism Projects by Enterprises

Clients: Various NGOs and Private Sector Clients

Various entities were supported by Equinox to tap into this grant to implement sustainable tourism projects to strengthen their competitiveness. The scheme aimed at financing holistic projects for stronger impact on the tourism industry. Projects included the promotion of research and innovation through product upgrade and investment in equipment, the adoption of new technologies and undertaking environmental practices through the intervention relating to investment in Environmentally Friendly Measures. The financial aid aimed at the continuous economic and environmental growth of Sustainable Tourism.  This programme was part financed by the European Regional and Development Fund 2007-2013.

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MITA Student Placement Programme

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients and NGOs

Equinox Advisory also supported clients in the private and non-profit sector for the Student Placement Programme driven by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA). The programme addressed employers seeking temporary additional human resources competent in ICT and ICT-related skills during students’ summer recess. This was a unique and cost-effective opportunity for employers to source the knowledge of new technologies, ideas and enthusiasm students bring with them. The Maltese Government covered 50% of the students’ salary for private sector organisations and 100% of their salary (both excluding National Insurance contributions) for NGOs for a period of 11 to 13 weeks in the following competency areas: Networks Practitioners; Software / Applications Development Practitioners; and Business Analysts.

EU Funded Project Applications, Application Support Studies, Project Research and Project Management works carried out by Equinox Advisory

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Horizon 2020 Proposals

Clients: Various Private Sector Clients (2014 – 2020)

Equinox Advisory drafted a number of proposals for Horizon 2020, particularly for the SME Instrument, Research and Innovation Actions, Innovation Actions, and Coordination and Support Actions amongst others, in various Research and Innovation sectors such as Security, Energy, Health, Aviation and ICT, most of which were successful in obtaining funding.

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Grundtvig and ERASMUS proposals (LLP 2007 – 2013)

Clients: Various NGOs and Private Sector Clients

Equinox Advisory drafted numerous applications for Erasmus mobility grants for training abroad, all of which were successful in obtaining funding, except one, which was placed on a reserve list as there wasn’t sufficient funding to cover the entire lot of applications received. Equinox has also drafted a number of successful Grundtvig applications for research in education and pedagogy.

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BioDiValue (ERDF 2007 – 2013)

Client: the GAL XLOKK Foundation

Economic Impact Assessment of Maritime Traffic across the Maltese Islands – Equinox Advisory carried out a study that calculated the financial costs for regenerating areas that have been adversely affected by the Marine industry, in Maltese ports and harbours, as a result of different types of pollutants that this industry exerts on ecosystems.

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Gender Balance in Decision-Making (ESF3.196)

Client: National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, Malta

Equinox Advisory provided Research and Policy recommendation Services for policy makers to tangibly support, empower and enable women to take up more decision-making positions.

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Malta’s Connection to the European Gas Grid (CEF 2007-2013)

Client: Ministry for Energy and Health, Malta

Equinox Advisory carried out a Technical Feasibility Study, a Cost Benefit Analysis, a Regulatory Analysis and a Risk Assessment for the identification of the best option for connecting Malta to the European gas infrastructure from available alternatives (gas pipeline, FSRU, FSU) and to do so using the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding. The project investment is preliminarily estimated to be 292 million Euros for Phase 1.

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Energy Saving, Water Saving and Waste Management and the EU (ESF 2007-2013)

Client: Malta Employers Association (MEA)

Equinox was chosen to design and deliver the ESF-Funded course on ‘Energy Saving, Water Saving and Waste Management and the EU’ by highlighting EU obligations, their implications on Maltese businesses and recommended technologies that reduce business costs of energy, water and waste.

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Existing and Proposed Marine and Port Structures in Malta (Cohesion Fund 2007-2013)

Client: ERCS Ltd. on behalf of The Malta Maritime Authority (MMA), Malta

Equinox Advisory updated the Cost Benefit Analysis undertaken in consonance with the DG Regio’s “Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of investment projects Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund and Instrument for Pre-Accession” undertaken for an infrastructural project that aimed at refurbishing two strategic breakwaters in Malta with great historical importance, to take into account the changes in the CBA Guidelines that had taken effect in the 2007-2013 Programming Period.

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