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FOSTERING WATER-AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN MALTA

Objective

FOWARIM (Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta) objective is to strengthen the research capacity of the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST)’s Water Research and Training Centre in 4 crucial themes related to the field of water use in agriculture: (a) Decreasing Water Demand, (b) Making Use of Alternative Sources of Water (c) Renewable Desalinization, On-Farm Desalinization and Utilization of Saline Water and (d) Decreasing Negative Environmental Externalities Caused by Nutrient-Rich Farm Waters. This will be achieved by creating a favourable environment for capacity building targeting Maltese researchers, research institutions networking, research policy development. MCAST will be supported in addressing research deficiencies and networking gaps by EU partners of established scientific excellence in the targeted research topics. The proposal will develop over 3 years and is articulated into 5work packages, including one for management and coordination, involving: capacity building through several targeted and advanced training courses, short-term staff exchanges, summer schools and virtual training; research networking and knowledge sharing through providing technical assistance to establish new demonstration sites to promote innovations and best practices in agricultural water management, (iii) helping foster new collaborations through co-design of research questions, and (iv) developing a joint strategy for high impact research and dissemination; designing a research strategy and performing dissemination and outreach activities. This will lead to strengthening MCAST’s research and S&T capacity in water use in agriculture, enhance the dynamism between the different partners, extending the partnership of research Institutions in the sector in question contribute, to an increase in peer-reviewed publications and complement in more ways than one Malta’s Smart Specialization Strategy.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /humanities/arts

Call for proposal

H2020-TWINN-2015
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

MALTA COLLEGE OF ARTS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Address
Corradino Hill Main Campus
PLA 9032 Paola
Malta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 201 250

Participants (6)

Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Malta
EU contribution
€ 95 625
Address
6 Qormi Road
SVR 1301 Santa Venera
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE DI ALTISTUDI AGRONOMICI MEDITERRANEI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 176 250
Address
Via Ceglie 9
70010 Valenzano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPE FOR BUSINESS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
520, Birchwood Boulevard Birchwood
WA3 7QX Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Innovation & Development Consulting
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 128 750
Address
Avenue Milcamps 8
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 185 000
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 101 250
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments