Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area

PRIMA fosters joint research and innovation activities among Mediterranean countries, aiming at developing innovative and sustainable solutions in agriculture, food production and water provision, encouraging application by communities, enterprises and citizens.

On 22 December 2014, nine Member States of the European Union (EU) – Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain – submitted a proposal for the participation of the EU in a joint research and innovation programme named PRIMA.

For the first time a so long term and wide programme include European Member States (Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain) and countries of the Mediterranean basin, which are not European member states (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia e Turkey). A total of more than two hundred million euros have been committed for this initiative over a 10 year period.

This amount is intended to grow thanks to the UE contribution. Other countries interested to PRIMA Initiative are in the process of  joining the Initiative, in particular Germany, Turkey,  Romania and Israel.

In the Mediterranean area, like in other regions in the world, but with particular importance due to the natural and political context, the Water-Food-Energy nexus requires today crucial actions to ensure economic and social development.

In the light of such premises Prima aims at deveoping innovative solutions and promote their adoption for improving the efficiency and sustainability of food productions and water provision, in order to support an inclusive well-being and socio-economic development in the Mediterranean Area, within the framework of a reinforced Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.

To achieve such goal, the PRIMA Initiative will be driven by two intentions:

a) to advance existing knowledge and innovations for water management, food security, and food quality through long-term cooperation

b) to ensure the adoption of knowledge and unlock its innovation potential through end user-friendly and societally affordable solutions

In order to achieve not only scientific but also socio-economic impacts, PRIMA intends to support the whole innovation chain to ensure that research results are translated into economic development.

Source: PRIMA

Project type
  • Other
Geographical focus
  • Croatia
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General
January 2017 - January 2027

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on August 25, 2016
Modified on August 25, 2016