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JPI PRIMA – Nexus – 2020

To build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for Agri-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, wellbeing and migration problems upstream

6 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union

Eligible countries:
* Some EU members states: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia. It includes the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) 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

* Identifying areas of conflicts between resource uses;
* Applying participatory methods to consider needs and interests of all stakeholders;
* Making decisions based on optimisation and sharing of economic benefits, considering also the services provided by ecosystems and distributional impact;
* Developing an operational approach to the interdependent management of Water-Ecosystems-Food resources taking into account the specificities of the Mediterranean region;
* Conceiving an operational project demonstrating the economic, social and environmental benefit from the Water-Ecosystem-Food Nexus approach at specific sites characterized by diverse climate conditions and socio-economic development;
* Testing good practices for resource allocation and assessing the economic, environmental and social implications of various choices; 
* Making the Nexus approach operational and proposing concrete site-specific solutions to potential barriers for successful application, including the cost of transfer of research results to stakeholders (e.g. farmers), and social and behavioural barriers;
* Analyzing conditions and opportunities for effective engagement of the private sector and demonstrating the ways to promote market sustainable solutions;
* Ensuring the involvement of a critical mass of stakeholders involved from policy makers, public authorities, farmers and other end users through a multiactor approach;
* Making use of lessons learned from the Nexus projects funded by PRIMA in the 2019 call and enlarging the portfolio of WEF Nexus projects and case studies in PRIMA;
* Cooperating with the EC Knowledge Hub on Water and Agriculture

* Ensuring viability and replicability of the demonstration cases also after the end of the project; 
* Mobilizing a wide uptake by creating strong cross-sectoral links between institutions including groundlevel beneficiaries and relevant public authorities that govern the Nexus approach; 
* Enabling achievement of interlinked SDGs at the core of WEF Nexus at different levels of governance;
* Strengthening scientific capacities and the set-up of a collaborative WEF Nexus space across the Mediterranean region

Among financed actions
* Operational approach to the interdependent management of Water-Ecosystems-Food resources taking into account the specificities of the Mediterranean region;
* Identification of potential resource use conflicts;
* Participatory decision making process;
* Establishment of implementation systems and measures ensuring the collaboration and sharing of benefits between stakeholders, necessary compliance, capacity development and transfer of knowledge in the continuum from research to institutions to beneficiaries
* Projects with a TRL between 6 and 8

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

* Duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility : 
– Be a legal entity;
– Be an international European interest organization, an international organisation or any legal entity established in countries not listed above as PS (under conditions);
– Be a partnership including at least three legal entities established in three different countries considered as Participating States, out of which:
> At least one must be established in a EU Member State or a third country associated to Horizon 2020 and not being a MPC; 
> At least one must be established in a third country bordering the Mediterranean Sea (MPC); 
– All three legal entities must be independent of each other


* Amount of the grant: 3 million euro 

* Co-financing rate: 100% du total des coûts éligibles

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