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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights from Malta.
Innovative sustainable solutions for broomrapes: prevention and integrated pest management approaches to overcome parasitism in Mediterranean cropping systems.
Broomrapes are holoparasitic weeds that cause significant yield and quality losses in many important crops and affect the livelihoods of peoples in many countries around the world including the Mediterranean region. Yield losses range from 5% to 100% depending on host susceptibility, level of infestation and environmental conditions. Broomrapes are holoparasitic weeds that cause significant yield and quality losses in many important crops and affect the livelihoods of peoples in many countries around the world including the Mediterranean region. Yield losses range from 5% to 100% depending on host susceptibility, level of infestation and environmental conditions. The research will target two important Med crops, industrial tomato and faba beans. Surveillance tools utilizing remote and satellite images will be employed for monitoring and large-scale parasitism documentation. Innovation tools will consist of molecular approaches for screening and identification of tolerant/resistant hosts and hormone host-parasite interactions. Deciphering the molecular basis for resistance utilizing pattern recognition receptors and other defence-triggering molecules aiming to support the breeding of resistant host plants. In ZeroParasitic, a clear framework for increased excellence will be facilitated by research, information and technology exchanges on innovations in broomrape management between Med regions (8 participating countries, 10 individual partners).