On January 17th PRIMA “Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area”, presented the 5th Annual Work Programme (AWP 2022) - out of seven foreseen - that will contribute to the achievement of PRIMA general objectives in making the Mediterranean Region more efficient and climate-resilient.
The Work Programme 2022 foresees an investment of approximately €123M and responds to some of the most crucial challenges in the Mediterranean Region. Climate changes are affecting this zone and represent a risk for the future generation, ecosystems and biodiversity. PRIMA - the ten-year initiative (2018-2028), partly founded by EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 – promotes R&I activities to foster production and consumption practices, respecting the people and the environment.
PRIMA is a joint initiative of 11 EU Member States (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain), and 8 Participating States - Mediterranean Partner Countries (Israel, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco). The final aim of PRIMA programme is to contribute to solve water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) developed by PRIMA Participant States represents the strong point of the partnership, aligning research national programmes, thus financial and intellectual resources. PRIMA will strongly contribute to support the Mediterranean economy, creating a healthy and sustainable society.
2022 PRIMA calls for proposals will contribute to achieve several objectives stated in the 2030 UN Agenda of Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement, including some EU priorities - EU Farm to Fork Strategy, Zero Pollution Action Plan and EU Water Framework Directive – all responding to PRIMA 2022 guidelines: to promote affordable, healthy and environmentally-friendly food systems, to create an enabling environment for improving soil’s management sustainability and prevent land degradation, to promote nature-based solutions to increase the sustainability of water management, to foster the adoption of an integrated Nexus approach of water, energy, food, ecosystems (WEFE Nexus) to enhance sustainable use of natural resources to achieve sustainable development goals under the UN Agenda 2030 in the region, to prevent water pollution from improving water quality and protecting water-related ecosystems.
The 2022 AWP consists of 3 sections and a call for prize:
Section 1, directly funded by PRIMA, according to the Horizon 2020 rules, following Transnational calls organised by PRIMA-IS, consists of five separate calls divided in 5 topics (one call per topic):
The proposals have been launched in a two-stage submission process with deadline for Stage 1 fixed to next 15th March and for Stage 2 to September 06th 2022.
PRIMA WEFE NEXUS AWARD 2022: a monetary recognition prize to promote scientific research and demonstrating the economic and social benefits of the Water Energy Food and Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus in the Mediterranean Area.
Section 2, indirect actions funded by PRIMA Participating States following transnational calls organised by PRIMA-IS, presents one multi-topic with 3 topics:
There is a total of three Innovation Actions (IAs), four Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), and a Coordination and Support Action (CSA). Approximately thirty projects will be funded.
Countries eligible for funding are the aforementioned PRIMA EU participating States, including the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to these Member States, Israel, Tunisia and Turkey (third-countries associated to Horizon 2020) and Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco as third-countries, not associated to Horizon 2020, having concluded international agreements for scientific and technological cooperation setting out the terms and conditions of their participation in PRIMA. Furthermore, any legal entity created under the European Union law and any international European interest organisation (as defined in point (12) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013), any international organisation (IO) or any legal entity established in countries not listed above as Participating State, may be eligible for funding provided that: i) participation is deemed to be essential for carrying out the action or ii) such funding is provided under a bilateral scientific and technological agreement or any other arrangement between the Union and the international organisation or, for entities established in a country which is not a Participating State, the country in which the legal entity is established.
Consortia must include at least three legal entities established in three different Participating States: at least one must be established in an EU Member State participating to PRIMA; at least one must be established in a Non-EU countries participating to PRIMA.
Proposals must be submitted in the electronic submission system on the ANR Platform active one month before the deadline.
Consortia are strongly encouraged to apply the Multi-Actor Approach (MAA) and to include capacity-development-activity, involving different actors: individual, organization and communities. They are also encouraged to actively seek synergies with local, regional, national and EU R&I programmes.
Section 3 includes calls for proposals directly funded by PRIMA, following national calls with evaluation, selection and granting processes implemented by one or several PS in line with common principles, that must be adopted by PRIMA-IS after obtaining approval from the Commission. For more information, please visit: https://prima-med.org/
Article courtesy of EAIC member enco