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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Co-op & Development, Energy, Environment, Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union, Mediterranean countries

Category: Call for proposals

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Participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey

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Funds for: Improving the sustainability and competitivity of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive horticulture
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Improving the sustainability and competitivity of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive horticulture
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

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Objectives
* Further improve of the current productive capacity and sustainability in Mediterranean horticulture systems, in terms of quantity and quality, with adequate use of new biological agro-ecological technologies;
* Bring technological updates of greenhouse industry and the intensive horticulture sector, which are often taken as examples of poor environmental systems due to unsustainable exploitations resources, in order to face increasing competition arising from the globalisation of production and marketing

Priorities
* Improving the efficiency and cost-effective climatic control procedures and technologies for Mediterranean year-round greenhouse cultivation;
* Developing innovative technologies and practices for the production of organic crops;
* Developing innovative and environmental-friendly integrated pest management practices;
* Developing new bio-degradable materials to be used in the cultivation systems able to minimize the disposal of residues and contaminants to the environment;
* Developing new cost-effective and socially accepted cultivation methods in order to improve hand-labour conditions;
* Developing novel tools (best practices, decision support system, models, discussion and co-development platforms, ICT, etc.) assisting farmers to improve management

Among financed actions
* Technology innovations including greenhouse climate control, sensors and robotics tools and agronomical practices to improve the efficient use of resources, ultimately fulfilling a circular recovery approach, and also providing environmentally friendly and ecological control of pest and pathogens for production of safe food;
* Incorporation and tests of new soilless systems in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication;
* Analyse of the grower’s needs in order to offer solutions that will be successfully exploited;
* Socio-economic studies aiming at demonstrating the economic feasibility, while preserving and protecting receiving environmental systems (water and soil) of the proposed measures;
* Education and training of growers through specific capacity building activities, and to help promoting a new generation of entrepreneurs, less conservative and more aware of the state-of-the-art practices;
* Actions aiming at better connecting private companies and public research, facilitating the exchange of know-how from research centres and academy to the private sector and vice-versa;

* Test and demonstration studies of innovative technologies in small-scale research, taking into consideration sustainability of technologies related to intensive horticulture, as well as environmental protection (not to increase eutrophication) social aspects, including labour conditions with particular reference to gender issue
 

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal entity under Union law;
– European applicants must be registered under EU law;
– A consortium composed of three legal entities established in three different Participating States must be established, 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 MPC; and at least one must be established in a third country bordering the Mediterranean Sea (MPC)

* Questions may be sent to: info@prima-med.org