Strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta hosts more than 200 foreign direct investment (FDI) operations, with a solid base for R&D activities in various sectors such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, cyber security, life sciences, manufacturing, drones and fintech.
Malta continues to build on its research and innovation capabilities, supporting initiatives from smaller R&D projects to larger collaborative international endeavours under Eureka and Horizon Europe.
Malta Enterprise supports entities embarking on R&D initiatives and innovation activities through various schemes offering financial and fiscal assistance, industrial infrastructure, Eureka and EEN partnering opportunities and exploitation of intellectual property through the licensing of patented knowledge.
Other schemes cover training and business development, including tailored support for innovative startups through seed funding, repayable assistance and scale-up grants.
Malta is an ideal test bed for various R&D projects, given its small size but large population.
The country is active in regional initiatives relating to the Mediterranean area such as PRIMA & ENI CBC Med.
The government constantly invests in infrastructure to intensify ongoing R&D activities and to attract international players. For example, the Malta Life Sciences Park (MLSP) offers an international class facility for life sciences and the Malta Digital Hub is dedicated to synergetic cross-sector technology development, especially in the fields of imaging, software applications and interpretation of data.
The ease of doing business and the competitive tax regime facilitate FDI and the growing investment in innovation activities.
Malta Enterprise hosts a Eureka office and enables Maltese project participation across various sectors.
The Enterprise Europe Network assists Malta-based entities to establish and develop connections with counterparts in over 60 countries.
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