CSA – Topic 1.4.2: Platform for mapping and capitalisation of results and best practices
from past and on-going projects related to farming system, water and food in the Mediterranean Area
Currently, around 150 research and innovation projects have been directly funded in EU FP6, FP7, H2020, ENI CBC MED and by international organisations such as FAO, ICARDA, CGIAR that are relevant to PRIMA topics in the Mediterranean Area. Around 100 more have been funded by Participating States indirectly through ERAnets or related initiatives (mainly ARIMNet, ARIMNet2, ERANETMED, projects funded under ENI CBC MED programme). Extensive research has been carried out on aspects related to PRIMA objectives and more is expected to be funded through PRIMA Calls. Most of those projects are currently on-going and will produce results in the coming years. As result of the PRIMA AWP 2018 calls, a large amount of projects have been submitted, demonstrating the existing and/or potential networks among scientific communities in the Mediterranean Area and their willingness to collaborate. Results from previously funded research and innovation projects often remain more at the scientific level because of the insufficient connection between public and private sector, the low interest and lack of incentives of researchers to develop a business oriented career and the chronic scarce involvement of the Mediterranean private sector in research and innovation.
Proposals should be devoted to better capitalize on previous results in terms of best practices achieved by all the relevant players in the Mediterranean area in the frame of EU- initiatives and H2020 projects but also by relevant international organisations such as FAO, IFAD, ICARDA, which have promoted R&D activities in the past years focusing on PRIMA SRIA related priorities.
Proposals should analyse the impacts of projects using complementary methodologies: impact pathways, case studies, indicators, expert groups, bibliometric. The overall objective of this call is to develop and disseminate widely an interactive platform of best practices in the Mediterranean Area that summarises the existing best practices focusing on PRIMA SRIA related priorities. The identified best practices and the interactive platform will include information on existing tools, practices, capacities, techniques, governance models infrastructure, and standards that will enable a faster implementation of practical, eco-efficient and cost-effective solutions for businesses and Euro-Mediterranean societies. The platform developed will help stakeholders to become aware of what already has been developed and implemented and use the experience of the existing tools available in the Mediterranean Area. This initiative will also allow stakeholders to avoid duplication of efforts, and to use and consolidate existing knowledge and experience to reinforce the information exchange among different stakeholders from public, private and civil society sectors. Proposals should determine those projects results better suited for commercialization and facilitate the connection between researchers and private investors in order to ensure viable commercialization plans and final impacts on the ground.
Proposals should preferably build on previous related platforms supported by EC, after analysing and assessing their relevance and potential for PRIMA.
The project results are expected to contribute to:
Identification of the results better suited to be considered in innovation actions
Identification of innovative solutions towards implementing SDGs
To raise social awareness of the inherent value of research and innovation
Promote the uptake of the project results by the private sector to ensure that the more relevant previous outputs can be incorporated into the innovation system; this includes the need of better disseminating the previous project results, increasing the replicability of the offered solutions
A concrete strategy plan and policy recommendations to ensure long-term sustainability and maintenance of this platform
Supporting information for the Section 1 Call for Proposals, Topic 1.4.2
Type of actionCoordination and Support Action (CSA)
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth