Malta (MT)

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It has a population of 417,520.


The country's S3 priorities in the area of health have a focus on healthy living and active ageing, and e-health. In Malta the life sciences sector has a wide ranging presence in the Maltese economy, with well established operations in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, the production of software for the healthcare industry, as well as a growing health tourism sector. All this has been boosted by the country’s workforce as well as effective connectivity with foreign markets.

Regional website

Ministry for Health of Malta

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Major initiatives

  1. ITAMA: ICT Tools for the diagnosis of autoimmune disease in the Mediterranean area

  2. Malta Life Sciences Park  an international class facility for life sciences and information technology development

  3. University of Malta, Department of Applied Biomedical Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences  Teaching and conduction/participation in research programmes

  4. Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking  Teaching and conduction/participation in research programmes

  5. Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Univ. of Malta  Teaching and conduction/participation in research programmes


Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?

  1. ERDF 8.139 - The Setting Up of the Establishment for Blood, Tissue and Cell Centre (recently awarded)  No website available yet

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium