International Funding Initiative PRIMA

In 2018, the PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) international funding initiative was launched. It aims to effectively address the challenges of the Mediterranean in terms of agri-food systems and water scarcity through research and innovation.

logo of the PRIMA funding initiative: a grain ear in front of the sun above the sea

© Fundación PRIMA

A total of 19 countries in Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and the European Commission participate in PRIMA, an Article 185 initiative. Participating countries include 11 EU Member States (Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus) and 8 Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey).

On the basis of a strategic research and innovation agenda, annual calls for proposals are presented in the priority areas of 'Water Management', 'Agricultural Systems' and 'Value Chains in the Agri-Food Industry'. For etailed information on the topics and the organisational structure visit the PRIMA website.

The total budget for PRIMA is just under € 500 million over a 10 year period, with the European Commission contributing € 220 million (from Horizon 2020) and the 19 participating countries € 274 million in total. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will contribute € 20 million over the entire ten year life span of the initiative. For scientists from Germany, the programme offers funding opportunities in all three of the aforementioned subject areas.

The BMBF has commissioned the International Bureau at the DLR Project Management Agency  (DLR-PT) with the implementation of the funding programme. Details of your contact persons can be found in the box on the right.

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PRIMA funding for German applicants

In order to give German applicants a legal basis for funding, a national PRIMA funding announcement  was published on 9 February 2018, providing information on the legal framework and the eligible expenditure / costs. It will be valid for the entire duration of the programme.

The linked document contains important information for German applicants relevant for the preparation of project outlines.

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Work Programme results:

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Political context

The PRIMA Initiative encompasses the Member States of the European Union, the associated countries of the Horizon 2020 and the Mediterranean partner countries on an equal footing (co-ownership, co-financing and co-financing) with the participation of the European Commission under Article 185 TFEU. The PRIMA Basic Act provides the legal basis for the PRIMA Initiative.

Article 185 initiatives (formerly Art. 169 TEC) are intended to justify a long-term involvement of the Community in joint programs of several Member States. Participating Member States decide to set up a single joint support program and to finance this together.

The project executiong organisation of the PRIMA Initiative is the PRIMA Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit public organisation founded under Spanish private law. The PRIMA Foundation is responsible for all administrative, supportive, supervisory and monitoring activities required to implement the PRIMA Programme. The seat of the foundation is Barcelona, ​​Spain.

The following link provides additional information on the governance of the PRIMA Initiative.

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