FUTURE4PRIMA will reinforce and enlarge collaborations between R&I national funding institutions in the fields of sustainable agri-food systems and water management in the Mediterranean, as has been done within the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), establishing a new PRIMA (“PRIMA2”).

In terms of policy influence, FUTURE4PRIMA is poised to shape regulatory frameworks to enhance R&I cooperation effectively. It aims to strengthen the international dimension of the European Research Area (ERA), to align national regulations conducive to improved research and innovation international cooperation aligned with Europe’s global approach to cooperation in research and innovation.

Accelerating Innovation and Market Integration

FUTURE4PRIMA is committed to fast-tracking the market introduction of innovative solutions and invigorating innovation ecosystems, particularly in widening regions and the southern Mediterranean.

The project extends PRIMA activities across widening countries and beyond, especially towards third countries bordering the Mediterranean. It will ensure the leveraging of resources, pooled towards shared priorities addressing emerging challenges in the region and seeking complementarity with activities and policies with those of the Framework Programme and relevant European Partnerships and EU Missions. The proposal paves the way for extending the thematic focus of PRIMA to complementary fields only partially targeted in H2020 and Horizon Europe’s (HE) current and planned EU Partnerships and Missions. It will add an integrated management approach of resources, including ecosystems, energy and health, to PRIMA’s original goal of sustainable water management and agri-food systems, accelerating the European Green Deal’s (EGD) objectives and globally, to the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will also build capacities to stimulate the uptake of R&I results aligning this process with real market and social needs.

The consortium will promote relations among governments, enterprises, researchers and citizens for ensuring a sound sustainability and longevity well beyond the span of the project.

This ambitious project comprises 21 partners from 16 diverse countries:

  • 10 EU MS, including six EU Widening Countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Portugal),
  • 3 Horizon Europe Associated Countries (Tunisia, Turkey, Israel)
  • 3 Southern Mediterranean Third countries (Jordan, Egypt, Morocco).