MALTA – Malta (13/05/2015)




Presentation given during the 2015 Research and Innovation Tour pdf - 608 KB [608 KB]


"Research, Innovation and Science: Cooperation between EU Member States, Associated Countries, the European Union and China: A Testimony of Excellence" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Priority fields of cooperation

  • Malta’s National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020 was approved by Cabinet and launched in June 2014. It is the product of consultation and coordination with a b road range of public, social and private stakeholders. This new strategy aims to achieve three over-arching goals; to build a comprehensive R&I system, strengthen the knowledge base, and achieve smart, flexible specialisation. The process of smart specialisation is a business-driven process encouraging investment in areas complementing the country’s other productive assets in order to create future capability and competitive advantage. Malta has identified 7 areas of smart specialisation; tourism-product development, maritime services, aviation and aerospace, health (with a focus on healthy living and active ageing and e-health), resource-efficient buildings, high value-added manufacturing, and aquaculture. It is also focusing on ICT as a horizontal enabler.

The implementation of the strategy will be achieved through the development of a rolling R&I Action Plan, which is a complementary document that will identify specific measures to address the action lines under each of the three goals of the new Strategy. The Action Plan, like the Strategy, is championed by MCST but is a national document that requires the involvement of all entities and stakeholders, to reduce fragmentation in R&I and identify synergies. The aim is to launch the Action Plan by mid-2015 and through this document, contribute to the achievement of the 2020 targets proposed in the Strategy, including the R&D target of 2% of GDP.

More information on the National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020 can be found on:

Main initiatives and programmes

  • The Malta Council for Science and Technology is the government body responsible for research policy, promoting scientific research, management of the local research funding programme and is the national contact point organisation for Horizon 2020. The Council is active in seeking bi-lateral international collaborations, for the advancement of Research and Innovation, for the mutual benefit of local and foreign partners.

Information on bilateral agreements

  • Agreement on Scientific and Technological Co-operation between the Government of Malta and the Government of the People’s Republic of China – 2002
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Malta Council of Science and Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology - 2014


EURAXESS "Funding Guide for Researchers Mobility and Collaboration between Europe and China" 2015



Scientific Country Profile Malta


Malta Council for Science and Technology