In October 2010, the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative was launched in the EU to promote European approach to innovation. In line with the principles of this flagship initiative, Maltese Authorities decided to dedicate efforts to support knowledge generation and the transfer of ideas and research results to innovative products and services.
Intermediate targets, trajectories and monitoring mechanisms are defined through the new National Strategic Research and Innovation Plan 2011–2020. The new draft of this document was launched for public consultation in January 2012 by the Malta Council for Science & Technology. The Plan incorporates policy developments in other thematic areas and policy developments at national, European and international level. It emphasises innovation, framework conditions, societal challenges and the involvement of all actors. This strategy has identified four priority areas, which were designated to be platforms of strategic importance. These include:
- Environment and energy recourses
- Information and communication technologies
- Value-added manufacturing and services
The Malta Council for Science and Technology is responsible for research policy, promoting scientific research, and managing local research funding programme. The Council is the national contact point for the EU Research Framework Programme (FP).
Transport research is addressed in these multidisciplinary areas and also in the bottom-up research programmes and policy priorities established by the national authorities responsible for transport.
In 2010, 'the Authority for Transport in Malta took over from the Malta Maritime Authority, the Malta Transport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation to bring maritime, land, public and maritime transport under one public body. The organisation is responsible for developing integrated transport policies, developing an efficient transport system for the islands of Malta, and providing an effective regulatory framework for land transport. Transport Malta is financially independent of the Government.
The Authority for Transport in Malta (also known asTransport Malta)is responsible for developing the transport systembut has not as yet compiled a full transport strategyand a national transport strategy is currently in development. Current policies in public transport, maritime transport and aviation are provided by the relevant previous authorities. For instance, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure prepared the document “Public transport in Malta - A vision for Public Transport”, which fulfils the public interest in the context of environmental sustainability’ on October 2008. The document promotes a reform on public transport taking action in 2015.
In 2009, Transport Malta took over from the Malta Maritime Authority, the Malta Transport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation to bringwaterborne, urban and maritime transport under one public body. The organisation is responsible for developing integrated transport policies, developing an efficient transport system for the islands of Malta, and providing an effective regulatory framework for land transport. Transport Malta is financially independent of the Government.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology is running FUSION (2014-2020), which is the funding programme that supports Research and Innovation with the ultimate goal of promoting and supporting local research and innovation as well as providing the necessary handholding in order to enable researchers and technologists to turn their innovative ideas into a market ready reality.
Malta Enterprise is responsible for promoting foreign investment and industrial development in Malta, managing various funding schemes. It was entrusted by the Managing Authority for Structural Funds for administering six European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Grant Schemes.
There are several thematic programmes, which are funding research on transport related topics. For more detailed descriptions, please follow the links below.