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


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 Description

Through its programme, PRIMA will contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems contributing significantly to the achievement of the United Nation Agenda 2030’s Goals in the Mediterranean area. The scale of the research and innovation necessary to address the challenges in the Mediterranean area is immense due to the systemic character of the major bottlenecks.

To reach these ambitious goals, an appropriate mobilisation and provision of financial resources, new technological and organisational framework and enhanced capacity development are needed. The PRIMA programme, though a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among the PRIMA Participating States focuses on common problems, aligning national programmes and increasing the required scale and scope by pooling financial and intellectual resources.

With this aim, PRIMA Participant States have developed a long-term Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda which represents the cornerstone in the process of strengthening research and innovation efforts.

The joint efforts will contribute to improving the health and livelihoods of Mediterranean citizens, encouraging economic growth, inducing more sustainable Mediterranean societies and stability.

PRIMA annual work plans are developed in compliance with the objectives and provisions set out in Decision (EU) 2017/1324, based on the priorities described in the PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (ʽSRIAʼ), under the three thematic areas addressed by the programme, namely:

  • Thematic Area 1 – Integrated and sustainable management of water arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas
  • Thematic Area 2 – Sustainable farming system under Mediterranean environmental constraints
  • Thematic Area 3 – Sustainable Mediterranean Agri-food value chain for regional and local development

Total Budget

€ 68,54 million

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

70% / 100% (for non-profit legal entities)

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture and Maritime Policy
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Water - Management of Water Resources

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • Fishermen, Aquaculturists, Owners of Vessels
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
George Prokopiou
Τel: +357 22205068

EU Contact Point


For queries on the PRIMA Programme, Annual Work Plans and Calls for Proposals:

For administrative matters:

Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls