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LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.Read more >>

Apply now for LIFE funding!

LIFE call for proposals

18 April 2018 The LIFE programme has launched its 2018 call for project proposals. This year, we are investing close to €400 million in nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action. We are also introducing a streamlined application process to make it easier for you to request LIFE funds.

As a bottom-up funding instrument, LIFE provides applicants with flexibility to truly innovate. We support projects that are either tackling climate change, or protecting nature and the environment.

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Two-stage application for LIFE Environment sub-programme - a major simplification for LIFE applicants

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14 February 2018 The project submission procedure for the 2018 call under LIFE's Environment sub-programme will undergo changes for simplicity. Applications will be submitted in two stages.

The first stage is a concept note, approximately 10 pages long. Applicants that make it through to the second stage of LIFE's Environment sub-programme will then submit their full proposal based on feedback from the LIFE programme. For the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme, the submission procedure remains unchanged. Applicants will submit full proposals from the start.

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Register now for LIFE's 2018 Information Day

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12 April 2018 The European Commission is organising an Information & Networking Day for LIFE's 2018 calls for project proposals.

Join us in Brussels to find out more about the programme's funding opportunities and recent changes to its application process. If you haven't done so already, please register here.

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Cool new tiles hit EU market

Photo: LIFE Herotiles Photo: LIFE Herotiles

24 April 2018 The LIFE HEROTILE project is launching production of a new generation of roof tiles that keep buildings cool. After four years of LIFE-funded development, Italian tile manufacturer, Industrie Cotto Possagno, will start manufacturing the product in May.

What sets these tiles apart is their shape. Interlocking elements on the terracotta surface allow air in but trap rain out. Depending on the weather, the added ventilation can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep living spaces fresh and comfortable by as much as 50%. This is welcome news across the Mediterranean, where climate change is driving temperatures to new extremes.

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How to get your Close-to-Market proposal approved

Photo: LIFE Smart PV Photo: LIFE Herotiles

18 April 2018 Working on a commercial solution to an environmental or climate challenge? You can now download LIFE application packages for traditional projects on the environment and resource efficiency , and climate action . Here are our 8 tips for getting your Close-to-Market proposal approved.

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Sunshine in your pocket

Photo: LIFE Smart PV Photo: LIFE Smart PV Project

17 April 2018 Solar is growing cheaper than fossil fuels, especially for smart electricity consumers connected to smart grids. With help from the LIFE programme, Cyprus is learning to roll out solar photovoltaics in ways that save money for both households and utilities.

The peer-reviewed journal Energy has recently detailed findings by George E. Georghiou and his team at University of Cyprus.

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Schoolboy environmentalist thanked by Italian president

Photo: LIFE Gioconda Simone Borschetti with Italian President
Sergio Mattarella
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10 April 2018 The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, has awarded 17-year old Simone Borsetti the title of Alfiere della Repubblica for “improving the environment and health” in his home town of Ferrara in northern Italy. While still at school, Borsetti has helped monitor environmental strains on public well-being in the frame of the LIFE-funded Gioconda project.

The Alfieri della Repubblica recognises young Italians who have distinguished themselves in acts of solidarity, courage or for promoting the common good.

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Vote for your favourite LIFE green city project!

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9 April 2018 You can now pick your favourite green city project and meet its pioneers at the EU Green Week 2018.

The European Commission has shortlisted six finalists from among 62 best LIFE projects and will collect your vote until 25 April to determine who will bring home this year's People's Choice Award:

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Call open for Technical Assistance projects

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6 April 2018 The LIFE programme is now accepting proposals for Technical Assistance projects in both sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.

These projects provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects. Applications are open until 8 June 2018 at 16:00 Brussels local time.

Calls for traditional, Preparatory and Integrated Projects are provisionally expected to be launched on 18 April.

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40 000 bunnies hop off to save Iberian ecosystems

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2 April 2018 Man-made shelters in Spain and Portugal are salvaging thousands of rabbits and the ecosystems that depend on them.

Wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) once covered the Iberian peninsula in their millions, earning Spain its name, which derives from the Phoenician for “Land of Rabbits”. Today, populations in the wild have dwindled in some parts to below one individual per hectare. The decline is depriving the region’s countryside of one of its signature residents and sending shockwaves up the food chain.

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Open water for safer suburbs

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23 March 2018 The LIFE-GREEN4GREY project has refurbished a park in Zaventem, Belgium, transforming it into a bustling waterfront. The site now provides flood defences to communities living downstream, and a natural refuge for both wildlife and its peri-urban neighbours.

Flooding presents Europe with a mounting environmental challenge. As the climate shifts, many parts of the EU expect more sudden and intense rain showers that could overwhelm existing waterways and spill over into built environments.

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Of wolf and man: reconciliation across the Alps

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23 March 2018 Crowds gathered in Trento, Italy, this week to discuss coexistence between wolves and humans in Europe. The event included a 2-day specialist conference marking the end of the LIFE-funded WolfAlps project. The conference brought together some 150 researchers, policy makers and conservationists, and over 1 000 members of the public. Thousands more took part in a public outreach side-event organised by Trento’s MUSE science museum.

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Farms and forests confront climate change in the Mediterranean

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23 March 2018 Representatives from LIFE projects converged on Madrid, Spain, on 13-14 March to discuss the impact of rising temperatures on agriculture and forestry in the Mediterranean. The two-day platform meeting drew on expertise from LIFE projects, EU policy makers, local authorities and stakeholders in the agro-forest sector to tackle the impact of climate change in an area notoriously exposed to its effects.

The event, organised by Spanish NGO Fundación Global Nature and supported by the European Agency of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission, singled out solutions to help farms and forests adapt to southern Europe's shifting climate.

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Timber rooftops reduce construction sector emissions

Photo: PEMADE Photo: PEMADE

21 March 2018 The University of Santiago de Compostella in Spain has constructed a 24-meter long timber rooftop whose innovative design could help cut greenhouse gas emissions from the construction sector and spread environmentally sustainable forestry practices.

The so-called Gridshell rooftop that now houses a storage facility at the PEMADE Laboratory of Timber Engineering of the University of Santiago de Compostela is made of reprocessed wood from pine, chestnut and eucalyptus trees grown in the surrounding province of Lugo.

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Vote now for the European Natura 2000 Citizens' Award

Natura 2000 Citizens' Award

20 March 2018 The European Commission has announced the twenty-six finalists for this year’s Natura 2000 Awards. The prize recognises excellence in managing Natura 2000 network sites and in conveying their added value to the public. The entries include 17 finalists supported by LIFE-funded projects.

You can now join thousands of Europeans online in electing your favourite conservation effort and deciding who will bring home the European Natura 2000 Citizens’ Award. Voting remains open until 22 April 2018.

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