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PRIMA publishes first Call

08. Feb 2018

PRIMA is a joint initiative by 19 countries in Europe and the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean together with the European Commission. Its objective is to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems and integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area.
This joint programming initiative (according to Article 185) was established on 18 July 2017 following a Commission proposal and a decision by Council and Parliament and it has now published its first call for proposals.
The call is based on the priorities laid down in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, divided into three thematic areas:

  • MANAGEMENT OF WATER - Integrated and sustainable management of water for arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas
  • FARMING SYSTEMS - Sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints
  • AGRO-FOOD VALUE CHAIN - Sustainable Mediterranean agro-food value chain for regional and local development.

Organisations from participating countries are invited to submit proposals for the 12 topics of the call.
Participating countries are: from the EU - Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, countries associated to H2020 - Israel, Tunisia, and Turkey and the Mediterranean countries Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Participation of the latter four depends on the signature, resp. the ratification, of the required agreements with the EU, which have not been finalised yet.
The detailed description of the individual call topics as well as the rules for participation can be found in the PRIMA Annual Work Plan 2018.
The future projects under this call will be funded in part centrally, from EU Commission funds (3 Topics, "Call Section 1") and in part decentralised, from funds of the participating countries (9 Topics, "Call Section2").

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals in a two-stage procedure:
17 April 2018
for the three topics in Section 1,
27 March 2018 for the nine topics in Section 2.
The German National Contact Point for this initiative is the BMBF's International Bureau at the PT DLR:
Dr. Birgit Ditgens (+49 228 3821 -2396), Birgit Wirsing (+49 228 3821 -2396); Email: prima@dlr.de