Maritime Seed Award 2023

The Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) is a joint initiative between Transport Malta 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 sixth call of this programme aims to help move promising ideas from the Maritime Field forward toward commercialization. To date, twenty-seven projects have received funding through prior programmes. Award funding totalling to €75,000 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 online workshop session hosted by TAKEOFF, while Proof of Concept Fund applicants must attend the workshop being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Office. The workshops will provide an overview for creating a competitive proposal. The final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend their respective workshops. This will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Should applicants be unable to attend either workshop, alternative meetings must be held directly with the Knowledge Transfer Office for POC or TAKEOFF for SF. Both workshops will be held online and the workshop link will only be sent to those who register beforehand. To register for the event, please click on the button below.

Timeline & Deadlines

  • Call for applications
  • Monday 15th May 2023
  • Proof of Concept Workshop
  • Monday 5th June 2023 at 11.30 a.m.
  • Seed Fund Workshop
  • Monday 29th May 2023 at 2.00 p.m.
  • Written applications submission deadline
  • Thursday 22nd June 2023 at 12:00 noon
  • Announcement to shortlisted applicants
  • Wednesday 12th July 2023
  • Coaching of shortlisted applicants
  • Wednesday 12th to Thursday 20th July 2023
  • Live pitches to judges
  • Friday 21st July 2023
  • Announcement to applicants
  • Week commencing on Monday 24th July 2023
  • Signing of Grant Agreement & Disbursement of Funds
  • Week of 25th September 2023
  • Progress Reports
  • Monday 22nd January 2024
    Monday 20th May 2024
  • Deadline for disbursement of funds
  • Monday 23rd September 2024
  • Final expenditure report
  • Monday 30th September 2024

Material downloads

  • Guidelines
  • Application Form
  • Cashflow forecast template
  • State Aid Declaration Form
  • State Aid Declaration Form - fisheries and aquaculture
  • Judging Scorecard - Written Application
  • Judging Scorecard - Pitch
  • Beneficiary Agreement - Seed Fund
  • Beneficiary Agreement - Proof of Concept
  • Progress Report template

Contact Details

Seed Funds

  • TAKEOFF Manager - Joseph Bartolo

Proof of Concept Funds

  • Knowledge Transfer Office

Management 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)