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: prima.mcst@gov.mt 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

SIMTAP

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.

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ZeroParasitic

Innovative sustainable solutions for broomrapes: prevention and integrated pest management approaches to overcome parasitism in Mediterranean cropping systems.

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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).

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MED-WET

Improving MEDiterranean irrigation and Water supply for smallholder farmers by providing Efficient, low-cost and nature-based Technologies and practices.

The overall objective of MED-WET is to introduce and improve the irrigation efficiency of small farmers in the Mediterranean region and to make optimal use of scarce water resources for lasting food and water security. MED-WET supports smallholder farmers to adopt better practices and low-cost, sustainable solutions in irrigation and freshwater harvesting, to promote controlled water use with more crop per drop combined with more resilient and regenerative agricultural methods that restore ecosystem services for the long term, as well as contribute to more value creation in rural areas. Higher water use efficiency shall be reached through more targeted and highly decreased water consumption through innovative irrigation systems and tapping into largely unused non-conventional water resources.

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) organised a day-long PRIMA Proposal Writing Workshop on the 10th of January 2022 from 9.30am – 5.00pm (CET).

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) is a multilateral programme that strives to bring stakeholders from 19 different Mediterranean countries to work together in addressing common challenges faced in this region through research and innovation (R&I). PRIMA has been awarding projects related to the thematic areas of Water Management, Sustainable Farming Systems, and the Agro-food Value Chain since 2018.

The workshop aimed to build capacity amongst PRIMA stakeholders on how to write successful proposals for R&I funding, as well as provide an avenue for networking, resulting in increased proposal submissions in areas of common interest – aims that align well also with the ambitions of the 5+5 Dialogue Member Countries. It was delivered by the PRIMA Project Officer Mr. Marco Orlando, who gave an in-depth overview of the PRIMA programme, how it operates, and the Calls foreseen for 2022. Furthermore, participants were informed on how to write PRIMA Stage 1 and Stage 2 proposals and on how to find international partners to join or build strong project consortia.

The workshop was held in a hybrid format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation. While only a small group could be allowed to participate in the in-person event to ensure the safety of those who attended, the online registrants counted 395, and hailed from a wide array of countries including Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Mauritania, India, France, Algeria, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco and Turkey. The wide geographical coverage of this workshop was facilitated by the esteemed support from the 5+5 Dialogue (Research, Innovation and Higher Education) and PRIMA Secretariat.

In-person attendees were invited to apply the knowledge acquired during the workshop to frame a project idea and pitch their project proposal to their peers. On the other hand, online attendees were invited to network virtually on the Wonder.me platform. The workshop came to an end with a final session that informed the workshop participants about the different PRIMA-related Calls/Schemes that MCST will be participating/launching this year, as well as a brief overview of the National Rules that apply to Malta-based entities.

Another PRIMA event, to be held fully online, is currently being organised by PRIMA on the 18th of January 2022 at 9.30 CET. Interested stakeholders are invited to register their interest to participate in this PRIMA InfoDay session, during which the annual work plan will be extensively discussed. A preliminary version of the annual work plan is currently available on the PRIMA website. More information about the PRIMA InfoDay can be found via the following link: PRIMA MED Infodays (prima-med.org)

    

This article was last updated on: April 4, 2022