AcrossLimits Consultancy has been continually involved in European Union (EU) funding for over 20 years. Our first projects were under the Fifth RTD Framework Programme 1998-2002, that focused on increasing the rate of industrial competitiveness, as well as improving the quality of life for European citizens. It combined research, technological development and training in the technology sector with a socio-economic approach. We have now been involved in over 60 successful EU projects and have acquired years of experience as service providers and advisors/consultants to many European institutions and entities.
Over the years, we have worked with the European Commission (EC) by providing assistance to various associated Directorates-General (DG). We have participated in initiatives by DG Research and Innovation which is concerned with increasing the number of jobs related to science, research and technological development within the EU labour market. We have also given our expertise in matters relating to youth and cultural issues (DG for Education and Culture), entrepreneurship (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) as well as information and communication technologies (DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology). Currently, we are assisting the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support through carrying out a study that will help Maltese private companies and NGOs access funding and prosper in terms of business growth. In addition, we have served as evaluators and as a jury member for the Executive Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), an Executive Agency of the EC set up with the intention to aid SMEs in terms of innovation, environmental issues and climate change, and to make Europe more competitive and sustainable.
The European Parliament has also benefited from our services through the Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel. This is an internationally recognised policy-making body which was set up to address the important contributions which science and technology can make. Apart from the European Parliament, we have collaborated with various European institutions: including the European Institute for Technology (EIT) and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). EIT provides many education and training courses, business services and projects to research institutes and innovative companies. On the other hand, EIGE is tasked with the promotion of gender equality within Europe and has been involved in many research initiatives over the years.
We have contributed to initiatives that range from the local/regional level, through national, European and even cross-border levels. Namely, our team and experts have contributed to the implementation of research and innovation programmes and their evaluation in Malta, Italy, UK and Cyprus. Moreover we have provided services and expertise to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
We have also entered into agreements with a number of independent clients to help them fulfil the requirements of large, European projects. In fact we are working with EGI Advanced Computing Services for Research on the H-CLOUD project in order to promote cloud-based services amongst European businesses. Other clients include IRB Barcelona, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Technopolis Consulting Group.
Our expertise has been applied to various sectors. For example, we entered into a Digital Transformation Advice contract with AX Holdings in connection with the hospitality, healthcare, and development industries. Through an EU funding support contract, we assisted Finnish company KWS Timber Tech in presenting a proposal to the Enhanced European Innovation Council. We are currently supporting UMNAI, an innovative, Maltese company in AI technology, in their search for EU funds and opportunities. Other clients include ORT France and Go Beyond Malta.
Our experts have even served as Advisory Board members to different European entities and programmes like Horizon 2020. This is the EU Framework Programme for 2014-2020, which focuses on social, industrial and scientific issues. Its aims are to create more jobs as well as to increase the rate of economic progress throughout the EU. This fits well with our vision for a better and more prosperous Europe.