Section 1 – Thematic Area 1-Water management 2023 Topic 1.1.1 (IA) Integrated adaptive wastewater management plans in the Mediterranean region


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (2018-2028)

Programme Description

PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area is the most ambitious joint programme to be undertaken in the frame of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

The overall objective of the PRIMA programme is 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, well-being and migration problems upstream.

Programme Details

Identifier Code

Topic 1.1.1


Section 1 – Thematic Area 1-Water management 2023 Topic 1.1.1 (IA) Integrated adaptive wastewater management plans in the Mediterranean region


Proposals submitted to this call are expected to develop wastewater treatment and reuse approaches in connection with nutrient and energy recovery and cost-effective design solutions for managing and minimising micro-pollutants.

The deadline for the submission of stage 1 pre-proposals is 22 March 2023. The deadline for the submission of stage 2 full proposals is 06 September 2023.

Detailed Call Description

Topics to consider include:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility and limits of circular nutrient management by recovering and recycling nutrients from (agricultural, urban, and industrial) wastewater and sewage sludge to prevent them from entering aquatic environments and lower the need for traditional fossil-based fertilisers.
  • Upgrade of wastewater treatment plants to better trap micro-pollutants and micro-plastics and improve conditions for increasing water reuse and better management of sewage sludge.
  • Optimise the energy consumption of the sector and encourage the uptake of energy efficiency technologies leading to energy savings and reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  • Strengthen the uptake of digital solutions for permanent tracking of potential pollutants at the inlet and outlet of the wastewater facilities.
  • Plan a surveillance system for COVID-19 in large wastewater treatment plants as a rapid and reliable source of information on the spread of current and future variants of the virus and other emerging pathogens.
  • Involve national, regional and local authorities, industry, farmers and consumers in the analysis of governance options and costs of improved access to sanitation in Mediterranean countries.

Proposals should perform these tasks using a business model that guarantees the functioning of the network and its services beyond the lifespan of the project. Proposals should also set a clear plan on how they will collaborate with other projects selected under this and any other relevant topic by participating in joint and common communication and dissemination activities.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Except for non-profit legal entities in which case the funding rate is 100%

PRIMA considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of € 4,100,000 and with a duration of 36 months, would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Water - Management of Water Resources

Eligibility for Participation

  • Consumer Organisations
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Vulnerable Consumers

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Legal entities established in the following countries and territories will be eligible to receive funding through PRIMA grants (Participating States): Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Tunisia and Turkey.

In addition, the following entities can also receive funding through PRIMA grants:

  • a legal entity created under the European Union law;
  • an international European interest organisation, as defined in point (12) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013;
  • an international organisation OR any legal entity established in countries not listed above, provided that at least one of the following conditions is fulfilled:
    • participation is deemed to be essential for carrying out the action (access to unique know-how, access to research infrastructures, access to geographical environments, involving key partners in emerging markets, access to data, etc.);
    • 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 that is not a Participating State, the country in which the legal entity is established.

Participants from countries not listed above can participate but they must fund their participation.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation

Competent RIF Officer:
Savvia Alexandraki
Τelephone: +357 22205070

EU Contact Point

Marco Orlando “Project Officer” (Water Management Thematic Area) –