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USC’s Scientists received an invitation of PRIMA’s first forum in the Mediterranean area


The Ministry of Higher Education has invited Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Emam Nasr – the former dean and the founder of the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research as well as, the holder of all state awards, and Prof. Dr. Adel Hegazy – Bio technology Professor and the Director of the University Projects of the University of Sadat City in order to attend the 1st forum of Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean area.

The forum will be held during the period of 23-24 Apr 2017 at Fairmont Heliopolis.   


The Commission has agreed on a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, PRIMA, which is set to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production. The partnership is expected to boost local business and investment opportunities, thereby address unemployment and migration issues in the region. The proposal will now be passed to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU for political discussion and legislative approval.

The Commission's proposal already includes Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. The participation of Germany is currently under negotiation. As the initiative is evolving over time, more participants are expected to follow, both EU and non-EU countries.

Funding for the €400 million partnership will come from the participating countries (currently around €200 million), matched by a €200 million contribution from the EU through its current research framework programme Horizon 2020. The partnership is scheduled to run for 10 years, starting in 2018.


According to the proposal, the general objective of PRIMA is to reinforce cooperation in Research and Innovation in Mediterranean countries in order to contribute to the challenges of sustainable food production and water provision in the Mediterranean region.

The cooperation will be among the next 10th years, which involves with the Egyptian strategic goals for sustainable development – Vison of Egypt 2030.

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