Call: PRIMA WEFE NEXUS Award

THEMATIC AREA: WEFE Nexus

TOPIC: WEFE Nexus Award

TYPE OF ACTION: Prize

TOTAL INDICATIVE AMOUNT ALLOCATED TO THIS CALL: EUR 20 000 for two prizes

OPENING DATE: 25 January, 2023

DEADLINE; 22 May, 2023 (17:00h CET time)

STATUS: Open

Awards have a strong potential to drive innovation by recognising achievements and promoting role models.
In this regard, PRIMA plans to award a monetary recognition prize dedicated to promoting scientific research and demonstrating the economic and social benefits of the Water Energy Food and Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus in the Mediterranean Area: the PRIMA WEFE Nexus Award.

PRIMA WEFE Nexus Award is assigned to “research teams and practitioners” that have devised and demonstrated the successful implementation of combined management practices of water, energy, food and ecosystem resources at the local or regional scale in the Mediterranean area.
The award enables teams to showcase their best practices and achievements. This will encourage researchers to use and manage their results in the best way possible.

Winners of this contest should contribute to the PRIMA WEFE Community of practice by sharing their experiences and best practices.
PRIMA will award two winners with a recognition prize of 10 000 EUR each.
The PRIMA Nexus Award will provide the winner of each of the two Prizes with high visibility in the public interest and increased media coverage.
The contest’s specific rules 35 will be published on the PRIMA website as soon as the PRIMA 2023 calls are public and actively disseminated elsewhere to maximise participation.

Contestants will have to provide proof of eligibility according to the award rules of the contest adopted by the Director of PRIMA-IS (see Section 5.1.5 for Model Rules of Contest PRIMA Prizes).

Prize Amount(s): two awards of EUR 10 000 each

Budget of the prizes: EUR 20 000

The contestants for the PRIMA prizes should be at least one legal entity established in a PRIMA PS. The demonstrated practices must be implemented in the Mediterranean region.
Prizes will not be awarded to teams including employees of PRIMA or serving on one of the PRIMA advisory (Scientific Advisory Committee) or governing (Board of Trustees and Steering Committee) boards.

Please also note that participants who have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
Award criteria: An independent panel of experts will evaluate all eligible applications.
The prizes will be awarded, after the closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the panel, best address the following criteria:
In addition to their scientific excellence, the proposed solutions should,

  • demonstrate the more comprehensive socio-economic benefits of their proposed practices going beyond a fragmented system of sectors and players
  • demonstrate that they have directly exploited their proposed solutions or have played an active role in the uptake of the results by third parties, in particular, influencing policy change
  • demonstrate the replication and upscaling potential of the proposed Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus solutions

Recognition prizes.

Prize contests will be launched in the first quarter of 2023 and remain open until the third quarter of 2023.

If you have any questions related to the Award, please get in touch with Prof. Ali Rhouma : [email protected]