Section 1 – Thematic Area 3- Agro-Food value chain 2023 Topic 1.3.1-2023 (RIA) Increasing resilience of agri-food supply chain (cereal) in the MENA 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 1.3.1


Section 1 – Thematic Area 3- Agro-Food value chain 2023 Topic 1.3.1-2023 (RIA) Increasing resilience of agri-food supply chain (cereal) in the MENA region


This call aims to guide evidence-based recommendations for strategies, action plans, best practices and solutions to enhance the Mediterranean food supply chain’s resilience (mainly cereal) to external stressors such as climate shocks and economic and political crises.

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

Under this general challenge, applicants would build on available assessments of current vulnerabilities and market risks from external factors and stressors influencing Mediterranean food systems (biological hazards, extreme weather events, land degradation, economic crises and political conflicts) to generate tailored strategies, roadmaps, and evidence-based recommendations helping to mitigate the adverse effects of these stressors and guide the design and development of recovery efforts that can accelerate progress towards resilient Mediterranean societies.

These recommendations should include concrete solutions (including digital ones) to effectively tackle the causes of food market shocks and food insecurity in the different contexts of the Mediterranean area (and preferably in Southern Mediterranean Countries in times of crisis). Solutions should not be limited to local alternatives to previously imported products but also to boosting agricultural production through integrated cross-cutting approaches to boost agricultural production systems with agroecological practices, better-adapted species, benefiting small-scale farming families, limiting food losses, increasing nutritional security and stabilising prices.

Call Total Budget


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


PRIMA considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of € 2,750,000 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

  • Agriculture - Food
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

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.

Consortium composition

At least four legal entities established in at least three different countries considered as Participating States. Each of the three must be established in a different country considered to be PRIMA Participating State by submission deadline under the relevant call, out of which:

  • at least one must be established in an EU Member State or a third country associated to Horizon 2020 and not being a Mediterranean Partner Country (MPC); and
  • at least two must be established in a MPC.

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

Fabrice Dentressangle “Project Officer” (Farming Systems Thematic Area)​ –

Mohamed Wageih “Project Officer” (Agro-food Value Chain Thematic Area) –