PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation 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 (TFUE) 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. These Calls were supported by both National funds from the participating countries as well as by the European Commission. The results of the 2018 Call are out and information on the funded projects will be shortly made available.


PRIMA launches annual Calls for Research Proposals in which Maltese entities are eligible to participate in. For the latest information on the open Calls of PRIMA, please visit the FUNDING  page of this website.


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