European Initiatives – National Development (PRIMA)


Programme Category

National Grant Schemes

Programme Name

Research & Innovation Foundation Programmes

Programme Description

In this section you may find information on National Schemes published by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (formerly know as the Research Promotion Foundation – RPF).


Programme Details

Identifier Code



European Initiatives – National Development (PRIMA)


The “European Initiatives – National Development” Programme aims at enhancing the extroversion of the national Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) system which is one of the horizontal priorities of the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Cyprus (S3Cy).

Cyprus, through the RIF, participates in a series of European Initiatives (Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET COFUND and Programmes under the Article 185 of the EU Treaty), which aim at coordinating the funding of research activity and the establishment of research priorities at a pan-European level, through the design and implementation of Joint Research Programmes.

The “European Initiatives – National Development” Programme is the institutional framework for announcing the Transnational Calls for Proposals, in which the RIF participates and their content being relevant to the S3Cy Priority Sectors.

Detailed Call Description

The PRIMA Joint Programme, by funding Research & Innovation through competitive calls, aims to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, wellbeing and migration problems upstream.

This Call for Proposals concerns proposals submitted to the Call Section 2 of PRIMA Programme, specifically in the following thematic areas:

  • Thematic Area 1-Water management in the Nexus

Topic 2.1.1 (RIA) Effective water accounting approaches under crisis conditions: climate change and external shocks.

  • Thematic Area 2-Farming systems in the Nexus

Topic 2.2.1 (RIA) Revitalizing agroforestry practices for sustainable land use and climate resilience in the Mediterranean Region.

  • Thematic Area 3-Food value chain in the Nexus

Topic 2.3.1 (RIA) Leveraging urban and local food systems for sustainable food systems transformation.

Closing date of call:

Submission to PRIMA
1st stage: Preproposals 4 April 2024, 17:00 (CEST)
2nd stage: Full proposals 26 September 2024, 17.00 (CEST)

Submission to RIF
1st stage: Preproposals 11 April 2024, 13.00 (local time)
2nd stage: Full proposals 3 October 2024, 13.00 (local time)

Call Total Budget


Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Businesses
  • Central Government
  • Chambers
  • Consumer Organisations
  • Disabled Persons
  • Economically Inactive Women
  • Educational Institutions
  • Employees
  • Employers
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fishermen, Aquaculturists, Owners of Vessels
  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Legal Entities under Public Law
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authority clusters
  • National Contact Points - NCPs
  • Natual person / Citizen / Individual
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Parliamentary Bodies
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Services Providers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions
  • Training Centres
  • Unemployed
  • Vulnerable Consumers
  • Youth

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research & Innovation Foundation
Partner Support Centre

Τelephone: 22205000