The Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) was set up in 2009 with the aim to provide an enabling framework to further encourage collaborative research between the University of Malta and third parties and to attract private research funding. With a view to enlarging the scope of activities of the KTO a start-up development facility, the TakeOff Business Incubator, was launched in April 2014. It is co-funded through EU Structural Funds. The university also launched the TakeOff Seed Fund Award in collaboration with central government.
The National Aquaculture Centre (NAC) was set up in 1988 by the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. The primary aim was to pioneer the development of fish farming as a new industrial activity in Malta. Today the Centre has once again become an aquaculture centre, named the Malta Aquaculture Research Centre (MARC) - the only research facility on Malta for hatching marine species for mariculture.
In the private sector, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry (MCCEI) is the main independent organisation representing the business sector in Malta and incorporates a RTDI Committee which actively participates in RTDI policy development. In 2012 it published a position paper proposing a number of actions for developing the R&I landscape. It plays an active role in the discussion by formulating position papers which can influence the overall R&I policy: on the pre-budget proposal, ESIF 2014-2020 programming, industrial policy etc.
Malta Chamber of Scientists (MCS) was founded in 1992. The organisation links professionals, academics, teachers and students involved in the field of science in a hub for the discussion and exchange of ideas. MCS is also involved in an active outreach programme aimed a spreading developments in local ongoing scientific research.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) was set up in 2001 with the aim to centralise the provision of vocational education and training in Malta. Today, MCAST together with its institutes is the major provider of vocational education and training in Malta and Gozo; it falls under the portfolio of the Ministry for Education, Employment & Family that provides the budget for operational and personnel costs. MCAST maintains links with the university and industry and private education institutions; the latter deliver some of MCAST’s courses e.g. in ICT.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is the government body responsible for research policy coordination, promoting scientific research and management of the local research funding programme. The principal activities and responsibilities of the MCST are: R&I Strategic Planning; Policy Design Evaluation and Audit; HR Policy Coordination; R&I Programme Governance (including national, EU and international funding programmes related to R&I) and to promote Malta on an international level as a centre of R&I.
Malta Enterprise (ME) is the national development agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in the Maltese Islands. The Malta Enterprise network operates in various countries around the globe. The organisation also coordinates initiatives to promote the Islands’ economic growth attractiveness. Malta Enterprise operates a number of schemes to promote research and innovation in private enterprise. These include tax incentives, subsidised loans and grants. It is an intermediary body for the utilisation of structural and cohesion funds.
The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) is the central body coordinating the national ICT policy, programmes and initiatives in Malta. MITA officially took over the operations of MITTS Ltd in January 2009. MITA aims to enhance public service delivery and provides the infrastructure needed to execute ICT services to the Government. MITA is also responsible for propagating further use of ICT in society and it has a role in delivering and implementing the assigned programmes as set out in the Digital Malta National ICT Strategy 2014 – 2020.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), one of the main R&D national funders, moved from the Office of the Prime Minister to the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEE) following a change of government in March 2013, which strengthens the role of the MEE in the R&I policy making process. Within its scope fall as well the main public sectors R&D performers, i.e. the University of Malta and the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology. The MEE is planning the launch of Post-Doctorate Research Grants financed through the European Social Fund 2014-2020.
The Ministry for European Affairs was first established in March 2013 as part of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s first cabinet.
The Ministry is responsible for Relations with the European Union in their wider sense, EU Internal Coordination and Malta’s presidency of the EU in 2017. The Parliamentary Secretariat for EU Funds within the Ministry for European Affairs houses the managing authority for EU Structural Funds. The Ministry also serves the function of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.