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1. MINISTERO DELL’ISTRUZIONE, DELL’UNIVERSITÀ E DELLA RICERCA, ITALY (MIUR)

The Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) is the key RTD policy actor and funding agency in Italy at state level. MIUR is in charge of preparing the National Research Programme (PNR – “Programma Nazionale per la Ricerca”) proposal, submitting it to the Government and directly managing it, also by launching national calls for proposals. The new PNR 2015-2020 was recently published, while in March 2013 MIUR adopted a strategic document called “Horizon 2020 Italy”, aimed at defining a reference framework coherent with the European one. Moreover, MIUR concludes bi- and multilateral agreements for international cooperation in R&I, and is in charge of co-ordinating Italy’s participation in the EU Framework Programme for R&I.

4PRIMA role: MIUR acts as 4PRIMA coordinator, WP1 leader and Task 4.1 leader.

2. IDRYMA PROOTHISIS EREVNAS, Cyprus (RPF)

Founded in 1996, the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) was established at the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to promote the development of scientific and technological research in Cyprus. The Foundation's activities  fall into two main categories:

(a) Financing Research Projects through the Development and Monitoring of Competitive Programmes, 

(b) Coordinating the participation of Cyprus in European Research and Innovation Programmes and Promotion of International Cooperation in Research and Innovation.  Most of these activities relate to the involvement of  scientists based in Cyprus in European research and innovation programmes (Framework Programmes, COST, EUREKA), the cooperation with international organisations supporting research and innovation activities (CERN) and the contribution in the preparation and implementation of bilateral agreements on R&D between Cyprus and other countries.

4PRIMA role: The RPF is leading two Tasks in 4PRIMA, namely  Task 2.4 "Interaction with International Programmes and Initiatives" and Task 6.5 "Final Conference"

3. MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, Egypt (MHESR)

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt was established in 1963. One of the main tasks of MHESR is to determine the research strategies at national levels, to design plans, develop programmes, launch initiatives and implement strategies to support and promote science and innovation in Egypt as well as to contribute to the advancement of the theoretical and applied scientific research. Recognizing the need for international cooperation in STI, Research, Development and Innovation (RDI), and in particular with Europe, MHESR has established a designated unit for International Cooperation, which deals with all S&T and RDI actions on a regional/bilateral level. This unit is instrumental in implementing the Science and Technology agreement, and its Action Plan, that Egypt has signed with the EC in 2005.
 
4Prima role:  WP4 Leader/ Participation and support to the following activities: project management, mapping of existing R&I initiatives on food systems and water resources, prioritization of objectives, definition of SRIA, exploring best options for the definition of Joint Activities of the future PRIMA Joint Programme, generation of guidelines and procedures for implementing act and dissemination.
 
 
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4. AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE, France (ANR)

The French National Research Agency (ANR) was established by the French government in 2005 to fund research projects, based on competitive schemes giving researchers the best opportunities to carry out their projects and
paving the way for ground-breaking new knowledge. The main mission of ANR is to fund the best basic research, but also targeted and applied research in particular through partnerships between companies and public sector laboratories. Its action is thus intended to support French research excellence at both academic and technological levels by means of a rigorous selection process based on evaluation by peer review. Since 2014, ANR’s annual Work Programme is developed in coordination with the "France Europe 2020" Strategic Agenda presented by the Minister for Higher Education and Research. In the context of these annual Work Programmes, ANR funds all scientific fields, for both fundamental and industrial research, including European and international cooperation.
 
4Prima role: WP6 Leader/ Coordinating role in the elaboration of 4PRIMA SRIA/ Participation and support to activities such as mapping of existing R&I initiatives on food systems and water resources, prioritization of objectives, stakeholders’ consultation, PRIMA implementation plan and dissemination.

5. DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV, Germany (DLR)

The Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) assists several German Federal Ministries in planning and implementing national research programmes in various thematic areas, providing political analysis and recommendations and giving support for public relation and communication activities. It provides direct services to the Ministries and administrates funding to German higher education and public research institutions as well as private companies.

4Prima role: DLR is leader of Task 5.2 with a coordinating role in the generation of guidelines and procedures for implementing activities.

6. ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS, Greece (CERTH)

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The five institutes of CERTH have important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas. More than 650 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 430 M€ and involving more than 1.100 international partner organizations) financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT). The Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), one of the five institutes of CERTH, is the leading institution in Greece in the field of Biotechnology. INAB is involved in the development and use of biotechnological applications benefiting of the current advances in the field with emphasis on functional genomics and molecular engineering in the production of improved plant seeds and propagation material, aiming to provide solutions in important cultivation, food processing and agriindustrial problems.
 
4Prima role: WP7 Leader/Coordinating role in the generation of Communication material/ Participation and support to the following activities: project management, mapping of existing R&I initiatives on food systems and water resources, prioritization of objectives, stakeholders’ consultation and definition of SRIA, implementation. Furthermore CERTH, will give input in all the tasks in WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6 where information and actions related to Greece is needed.

7. CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE HAUTES ETUDES AGRONOMIQUES MEDITERRANEENNES (CIHEAM)

Created in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization which works for improving sustainable agriculture and fisheries, for ensuring food and nutrition security and for developing rural and coastal territories. The organization gathers 13 Member States from both shores of the Mediterranean (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and works with several international and regional institutions. Around 170 permanent agents and hundreds of consultants regularly work within the 5 bodies of the Organisation based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France), Paris (France) and Zaragoza (Spain).

4PRIMA role: CIHEAM is co-leader of WP3, focused on alignment of research at national, European and international level. Within this WP, CIHEAM leads Task 3.1 – devoted to Mapping R&I funding institutions programs, investments and instruments, mobility scheme.

8. EVRO-SREDOZEMSKA UNIVERZA (EMUNI)

Since its establishment in 2008, the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), one of the priority projects of the Union for the Mediterranean, has become an international institution, which gathers expert knowledge and experience of the Euro-Mediterranean countries and thus contributes in a significant way to the creation of a unified, integrated Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area. With a network of over 150 partner institutions, EMUNI is committed to fostering the intercultural dialogue, encouraging mobility and sharing knowledge in the region.

4Prima role: EMUNI as a consortium partner will contribute to the creation of cooperative science and policy interfacing networks and project raising awareness activities.

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9. UNITÉ TECHNIQUE DU SEMIDE/ EURO-MEDITERRANEAN INFORMATION SYSTEM ON KNOW-HOW IN THE WATER SECTOR (SEMIDE)

The Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS, in French SEMIDE) is an initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership initiated by a Ministerial conference on fresh water in 1996.
SEMIDE provides a strategic tool for exchanging information and knowledge in the water sector between and within the 43 Euro Mediterranean countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is a institutional network of Ministries in charge of inland water management. SEMIDE was a key pillar of the MEDA-Water programme (2002-2008) and is involved in the support mechanism of SWIM II (Sustainable Water Management in the Mediterranean, 2016-2019). In addition, SEMIDE has being translating the EU Water Frame Directive principles and the European Union Water Initiative lessons as well as European water innovation practices to the southern Mediterranean countries (Northern Africa and Middle-East). SEMIDE is part of the consultation bodies for the Mediterranean Water Strategy and the Strategy for Water in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM). In the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean, SEMIDE is developing the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform to support the effective implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in the region with all the stakeholders.

4PRIMA role: International partner, in charge of developing and maintening 4PRIMA website as well as ensuring linkages of PRIMA with the Euro-Med water community.

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10. UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA, Italy (UNISI)

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Italy, founded in 1240. Over the years, it has reached a very high level of expertise on sustainability issues, as witnessed, besides by recent bibliometric analysis (putting it at the top in the Italian scientific production on the subject), by its active involvement in numerous international projects aimed at supporting research and training on sustainability issues, including the COPERNICUS Alliance, the University Consortium for Sustainable Development Educators (UE4SD), the International Sustainability Campus Network (ISCN) and the International Association of Universities (IAU). University of Siena, hosts and coordinates through its Rector, Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Mediterranean (SDSN Mediterranean), the regional hub for the Mediterranean area of the global SDSN Launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, and directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University.  Prof. Angelo Riccaboni has been incharged by the Minister of Education since 2013, to coordinate Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) Initiative, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

4PRIMA role: University of Siena has a central role in the project management, both on strategic, technical and financial aspects covering all the tasks. It is the leader of Task 6.4, "Exploitation of project results to enhance the innovation potential of the PRIMA actions"

11. THE HIGHER COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HCST, Jordan (HCST)

The Higher Council for Science and Technology was established as a public independent institution and acts as a national umbrella for all science & technology (S&T) activities in Jordan.  The objective of The Higher Council is to build a national science and technology base to contribute to the achievement of development objectives, through increasing awareness of the significance of scientific research and development, granting the necessary funding and directing  scientific and research activities, within national priorities, in line with development orientations.

4PRIMA role: The Higher Council for Science and Technology is the co-leader in work package 2 (management, review and assessment) of the 4PRIMA project

12. CONSEIL NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, Lebanon (CNRS)

The National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L) is a national public institution, which, since its establishment by law in 1962, has been entrusted with the main mission of formulating guidelines for national scientific policies aimed at enhancing the development of the country. As part of its mission, the CNRS secures the promotion, organization and realization of these policies in programmes of action through the Grant Research Programme & Associated Research Units (GRP & ARU), Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Programmes and International Relations Programmes.  Implemented in one of its four research centers, The National Centers for: 1) Marine Research, 2) Geophysical Research, 3) Remote Sensing & 4) the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission; and in collaboration with other academic, research and development institutions, with the objective of developing scientific research in Lebanon and to direct that research to respond to the needs of the country and to the evolution of science and innovation worldwide.  

4PRIMA role: The CNRS-L is the coordinator of WorkPackage 2 - along with CIEHAM-Bari - building on a wide portfolio of results and relationships generated in pervious and on-going EU Projects towards the “Alignment of Research at National, European and International Level - State of the Art/Baseline”.

 

13. MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT, Malta (MCST)

The Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST) is the government body responsible for research policy, promoting scientific research and innovation, and management of the local research funding programme, FUSION. As National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, its main services are to create awareness on collaborative trans-national RTD, to offer information and consultancy on international research and technology programmes, and to give advice on criteria, modalities for participation and technical procedure related to project participation and application. The Council is also responsible for drafting and implementing the National Research and Innovation (R&I) Strategy 2020, and for representing Malta's national position in a number of EU-level R&I fora.

 4PRIMA role: Task 4.2 leader with a coordinating role in the activities aimed at awareness raising and inclusion of further countries in the PRIMA Initiative, as well as Task 4.4 leader, with a coordinating role in the organization of the Malta Presidency of the EU Conference.

 

14. MINISTERE DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR, DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE ET DE LA FORMATION DES CADRES, Morocco (MHESRET)

The Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training aims in the field of research to promote and encourage the technological development and innovation by implementing programs and incentives to encourage the research/development and valorization of research.

4PRIMA role: Co-leader of WP 5 (PRIMA Implementation plan)

15. FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA, Portugal (FCT)

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) is the national funding agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). FCT’s vision is to establish Portugal as global reference in science, technology and innovation, and ensure that knowledge generated by scientific research is used fully, for economic growth and the well-being of all citizens. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international scientific organisations, fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects, and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry.

4PRIMA role: FCT will map the relevant EU programmes and EU-Bilateral Cooperation programmes and initiatives (in relation with water and food systems) with the aim of identifying themes and activities for potential cooperation and integration of MPCs in these initiatives.

 

16. Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii, Romania (UEFISCDI )

The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public entity of the Romanian Central Administration under the ultimate authority of Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research with responsibilities for the management and administration of various programs in the fields of higher education, research, development and innovation.

4PRIMA role: UEFISCDI will be involved in several tasks; participation and support to activities such as mapping of existing R&I initiatives on food systems and water resources in Romania, contributions to the policy documents related to alignment of R&I programs and policies around Med basin; contribution to the creation of the PRIMA stakeholder forum, contributions to setting up 4PRIMA objectives as a regional R&I program, promotion of PRIMA results.

17. MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD, Spain (MINECO)

The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) is responsible of the proposal and implementation of government policy on economic issues and reforms to improve competitiveness, scientific research, technological development and innovation in all sectors, trade policy and support company as well as other powers and duties conferred by law. This Ministry is organized into the following governing bodies: the State Secretariat for Economy and Business Support, the State Secretariat for Commerce and the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation.
 
4Prima role: Task 5.2 leader, with a coordinating role in the activities aimed at developing the set of working documents (White papers) that will be specifically designed as a tool for the consultation.
 
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18. TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU, Turkey (TUBITAK)

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions.

4PRIMA role: TUBITAK takes part as the co-leader of Work Package 7 concerning dissemination, communication and exploitation of the 4PRIMA Programme and is also involved in tasks such as mapping existing R&I initiatives on food systems and water resources in Turkey.
 

19. MINISTERE DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE EN TUNISIE, Tunisia (MESRST)

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRST) is responsible and supervise the National programmes on Scientific Research. MESRST, through a specific research directorate general, supports the execution of research programmes inside research laboratories and units through the softening of procedures outlining the use of allocated funds to scientific activities of these structures. Other relevant tasks are: the promotion of innovation and technological development by supporting innovative firms and underlining the results of research, strengthening partnership between research structures and firms, and giving birth to an ambitious programme for the setting-up of technoparks and nurseries of firms. MESRST aims also towards the mobilisation of financial resources coming from the public and private sectors, and international cooperation to the benefit of the sector.
 
4Prima role: WP5 Leader/ Task 5.2 leader with a coordinating role in the definition of the Guidelines and advices for the national and international political institutions in order to facilitate the uptake of the PRIMA SRIA and their future implementation.