PRIMA – Partnership for R&I in the Mediterranean Area

The PRIMA Initiative was launched by 19 Euro-Mediterranean Countries, including 11 EU States (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) and 8 non-EU countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) to participate in a EU joint research and innovation programme.

In the legal framework of Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) this ambitious initiative is set to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for water management and agro-food systems on both shores of the Mediterranean, inspired by principles of co-ownership, mutual interest and shared benefits across the Mediterranean basin.

In 2017, the PRIMA Regulation was successfully negotiated under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which resulted in the launch of the first set of PRIMA Research Calls in 2018.  PRIMA launches annual Calls for Research and Innovation / Innovation Actions in which entities based in Malta are eligible to participate in. PRIMA operates under three (3) main sections. Section 1 funds R&I projects through funding by the European Commission, Section 2 funds R&I projects through funding by the PRIMA Participating Countries and Section 3 allows the funding of national activities that support the PRIMA Initiative

For more information on the PRIMA Initiative, please visit the PRIMA website.

For more information on open calls please visit the funding page.

PRIMA funds research and innovation actions in the following thematic areas:

Management of Water

Integrated and sustainable management of water arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas.

Farming Systems

Sustainable farming system under Mediterranean environmental constraints

Agro-Food Value Chain

Sustainable Mediterranean agro-food value chain for regional and local development

The programme operates in 3 sections:

Section 1

Actions are evaluated, selected and funded in line with the Rules for Participation of Horizon 2020 and are centrally managed by the PRIMA IS. Grant agreements are to be signed with PRIMA-IS on the basis of the H2020 Model Grant Agreements.

Section 2

Activities are evaluated and selected based on rules which are analogous to the Rules for Participation of Horizon 2020, following open calls for proposals centrally organised by the PRIMA IS. Such activities are funded in line with common principles (see details in the full version of the annual work plan). Grant agreements will be signed between participants and by relevant national funding bodies in accordance with national rules.

Section 3

PSIAs are funded following national evaluation, selection and granting processes implemented by one or several PS in line with common principles (see details in the full version of the annual work plan) agreed with the PRIMA-IS, on behalf of the Participating States, and the European Commission.

For more information contact us on: or (+356) 2360 2200

Open calls and corresponding rules and regulations can be found in the funding page.

de minimis aid

General Block Exemption Regulation


Self-sufficient Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaponics Systems for Improving Food Production Sustainability and Brackish Water Use and Recycling.


SIMTAP was one of the successful projects that received funding under the PRIMA 2018 calls for “farming systems” sector. The project will has a total budget of € 950,000 split between all participating partners.  The project is coordinated by Italy through the University of Pisa, in collaboration with the University of Bologna and the University of Milan, along with the participation of several other research units from the Mediterranean area; Sol Agro et Hydrosystème Spatialisation and Lycée de la Mer et du Littoral à Bourcefranc le Chapus from France; Korolev GmbH from Germany; Mediterranean Fisheries Research Production and Training Institute from Turkey and the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development. and Climate Change from Malta.

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This article was last updated on: October 22, 2020