Research: 17 projects funded in Med, Italy leads

Connection between ecosystem, water, food, energy

13 December, 17:35

    (ANSAmed) - SIENA, DECEMBER 13 - Resources worth 13.8 million euros for projects aimed at the effective management of water resources, food systems and the food and beverage industry, water and energy were given to Italian researchers in the sector of food and water resources in the Mediterranean area. The funds were allocated as part of the 2021 tenders Prima, Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. The announcement was made by the ministry of university and research and the Italian secretariat of Prima, which is based in Siena, recalling in a statement that in 2021 the European program, which kicked off in 2018 and lasts seven years, has funded with 62.5 million euros overall 41 projects that will involve over 400 research units.

    "The results of the 2021 tenders, which register Italian leadership or participation in most of the winning groups - said Maria Cristina Messa, the minister of university and research - show, on the one hand, the great internationally-recognized quality of research promoted in our country and, on the other, how central the Mediterranean area is for activities in the immediate future".

    In 2021, Italy is the country with the highest number of research units involved (83), gaining over 22% of the total budget available this year - the leader in coordination activities managing 17 projects, 40%. It is also present in over two-thirds of funded projects (33) thanks to consortiums of universities, research centers and enterprises. This year's performances are in addition to those registered in the 2018-2020 period. In total, in four years 130 projects with Italian participation were funded, out of a total of 170, of which 60 directly coordinated, gathering overall about 52 million euros out of 227 million so far allocated by the program. (ANSAmed).

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