Marine Biotechnology in Malta

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Overarching science strategies, plans and policies

There is currently no specific Marine Biotechnology strategy or policy in Malta. Overarching Maltese Science & Technology Policy is described in a National Strategy for Research and Innovation for the period 2007-2010 (Building and Sustaining the Research and Innovation Enabling Framework). Currently a National Strategy for Research and Innovation for the period 2011-2020 is being developed.

  • National Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation: Building and Sustaining the R&I Enabling Framework Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) [1]

Research funding schemes and programmes

The biotech/marine component of the National Research Strategy is implemented through the National R&I Funding Programme which is managed by the Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST). A database of funded projects is available[1]

Research priorities for marine biotechnology research


Strategic documents


Infrastructures and coordination and support capacities / initiatives

  • In 2012, Malta operates 1 local/coastal vessel of 15 m (Madonna ta) registered at the European Research Vessels Infobase [2].

Major initiatives




This country profile is based on available online information sources and contributions from various country experts and stakeholders. It does not claim to be complete or final, but should be considered as a dynamic and living information resource that will be elaborated, updated and improved as more information becomes available, including further inputs from experts and stakeholders. The information on this page is based on information initially compiled by the CSA MarineBiotech Project (2011-2013) and updated by the Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (2013-2017).