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JPI PRIMA – Developing integrated soil data for the Mediterranean Region: a gateway for sustainable soil management – 2022

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) is a joint programme undertaken in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. PRIMA aims to develop knowledge and innovative solutions for sustainable and climate resilient agro-food systems and water management in the Mediterranean area.

8.2 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Union, Mediterranean countries, Middle East

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • The PRIMA Participating States: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia (including the OCTs linked to these Member States)
  • Third Countries associated to Horizon 2020 (AC): Israel, Tunisia, and Turkey
  • Third Countries not associated to Horizon 2020 (TC), having concluded international agreements for scientific and technological cooperation setting out the terms and conditions of their participation in PRIMA: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco

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Priorities and funded actions


To derive a set of soil quality indicators (chemical, physical and biological), methods, measurements that need to be validated and harmonised to enhance the quantity, quality and availability of soil data and information in the Mediterranean for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources.


Priority 1 – Improved monitoring of soil and land degradation in the Mediterranean context through a harmonised set of indicators.

Priority 2 – Mapping of research infrastructures and Living labs as enabling environment for the monitoring and assessment.

Priority 3 – Contribution to the JRC’s Soil Atlas of the Mediterranean Region.

Among financed actions

  • Review the state of monitoring and existing soil data in the PRIMA countries to identify gaps in the monitoring networks
  • Plan an exercise of a cross-country harmonisation of data
  • Develop or adapt existing indicators (chemical, physical and biological) for a region-wide assessment of soil ecosystem health

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months


  • Be any legal entity created under the EU law
  • Be any international European interest organization, as defined in point (12) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013
  • Amount of the grant: in the range of 4.1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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