Maritime Seed Fund Awards 2019

The Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) is a joint initiative between the Malta Marittima Agency (MMA) and the University of Malta supported by the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, Knowledge Transfer Office and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta.

The fourth call of this programme aims to help move promising ideas from the Maritime Field forward toward commercialization. To date, ten projects have received funding through prior programmes. Award funding totaling to €140,000 will help to bring the innovative early-stage idea/technology from lab to life and provides support to researchers and entrepreneurs when they need it most to increase the likelihood of success.

The Maritime Seed Award will fund two types of initiatives: University of Malta academic staff may apply for ‘proof of concept’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised; whereas entrepreneurs from within or outside the University may apply for ‘seed’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment.

Potential applicants for the Seed Fund must attend the scheduled workshop session hosted by TAKEOFF, which will provide skills and tools for creating a competitive proposal. The final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend the TAKEOFF workshop. This will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. All potential applicants for the Proof of Concept Fund must attend the workshop being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Office. If unable to attend, the potential applicant must set up another meeting directly with the Knowledge Transfer Office. Both events will be held at the TAKEOFF Events room, Level 2, TAKEOFF, Dar Ġużeppi Żahra, University of Malta (point 28 on the campus map) To register for the event, please click here

Timeline & Deadlines

  • Call to Applicants
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019
  • Orientation / Proposal Workshop for Applications
  • SF: Wednesday 29th September 2019 at 1400hrs
    PoC: Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 1100hrs
  • Written Applications Submission Deadline
  • Monday 17th June 2019 at 12:00 Noon
  • Announcement of Shortlisted Applications
  • Week of 15th July 2019
  • Coaching for Shortlisted Applicants (if required)
  • Week of 22nd July 2019
  • Live Pitches to Judges
  • Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st July 2019
  • Announcement to applicants
  • Week of 5th August 2019
  • Signing of Grant Agreement & Disbursement of Funds
  • Week of 23rd September 2019
  • Progress Report
  • 20th January 2020 and 20th May 2020
  • Deadline for Spending Funds
  • 20th September 2020
  • Final Expenditure Report
  • 27th September 2020

Material downloads

  • Guidelines
  • Cash Flow Forecast
  • Application Form
  • Judging Scorecard – Written Application
  • Judging Scorecard – Pitch
  • Progress Report
  • Grant Agreement – Proof of Concept
  • Grant Agreement – Seed Funds
  • State Aid Declaration
  • State Aid Declaration – Fisheries and Aquaculture

Contact Details

Seed Funds

  • TAKEOFF Manager - Joseph Bartolo

Proof of Concept Funds

  • Knowledge Transfer Office

Managment Committee

Knowledge Transfer Office
Dar Ġużeppi Żahra
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080


Events Location

TAKEOFF Business Incubator
Dar Ġużeppi Żahra
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080
(Point 28 on the campus map)