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2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants

The LIFE (the Financial Instrument for the Environment and Climate Action) Regulation, which was published on 20 December 2013, sets a budget for the funding period 2014–2020 of €3.4 billion in current prices. View the LIFE Regulation

2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants

The Commission invites legal persons (entities) registered in the European Union (EU) to present proposals for the 2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants. The call covers proposals for both LIFE sub-programmes.

For the sub-programme for Environment, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities) registered in the EU. Applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

Applicants must use the LIFE 2015 application packages (in English only) for the preparation of their proposals. Each application package contains full and detailed explanations with regard to eligibility, procedures, co-financing rates and all other relevant details. These can be downloaded below. For "Traditional" projects, applicants must use only the eProposal tool to create and submit proposal(s). Access is provided via this link. All other types of projects must use the application forms provided in the corresponding application package. Please note that the conditions laid down in each document in each application package will be binding on the successful applicants, so please read them carefully.

The total budget for project action grants for this call is EUR 240 811 337. Of this, EUR 184 141 337 is foreseen for the sub-programme for Environment and EUR 56 670 000 for the sub-programme for Climate Action. At least 55% of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported by way of action grants under the sub-programme for Environment shall be dedicated to projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity.

Applicants may not be clear which EU funding programme (LIFE or other programme) or which part of LIFE is most suited to their needs. In addition to the information below, some further but limited guidance may be found in this orientation document.

Possible support by national authorities: Member States may, on a voluntary basis, provide support to applicants and therefore invite applicants to let them see their draft proposals before a certain date which will be earlier than the formal deadline (see above). Providing your draft proposal to the national authority that offers such help is not compulsory. For further details, please contact your National Contact Point.

"Traditional" projects

"Traditional" projects cover the following priority areas:

Under the sub-programme for Environment:

Under the sub-programme for Climate Action:

"Traditional" projects may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects (ie similar to LIFE+ Nature, Biodiversity, Environment and Information projects), depending on the priority area (see below).  Best practice projects apply appropriate, cost-effective and state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project; demonstration projects put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances; pilot projects apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations; information, awareness and dissemination projects aim at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.

Calendar 2015: Traditional projects Summary Table
Grant Type Opening Date Closing Date
Climate Change Mitigation           01 June 2015 15 September 2015
Climate Change Adaptation           01 June 2015 15 September 2015
Climate Governance & Information 01 June 2015 15 September 2015
Environment & Resource Efficiency   01 June 2015 01 October 2015
Nature & Biodiversity                     01 June 2015 07 October 2015
Environmental Governance & Information 01 June 2015 07 October 2015

LIFE Nature & Biodiversity (sub-programme for Environment) is similar to the former LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity strand. It will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives Directives and the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network.

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Nature & Biodiversity application package
Updated 26 August 2015:

  • Corrigendum of the "Guide for the evaluation of Sub-programme Environment LIFE project proposals 2015": paragraph 7 (page 14), it is clarified that the preliminary long list will be structured in three sub-lists, one for each priority area (NAT, ENV and GIE).

zip (~ 2 MB)

LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency (sub-programme for Environment) is similar to the former LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance strand (but no longer covers climate change related projects). It will co-finance action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions, including development and demonstration of innovative technologies, to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed, including with respect to the link between the environment and health, and in support of resource efficiency-related policy and legislation, including the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe; and to improve the knowledge base for the development, implementation, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of Union environmental policy and legislation, and for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures and responses that impact on the environment within and outside the Union.

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency application package
Updated 26 August 2015:

  • Corrigendum of the "Guide for the evaluation of Sub-programme Environment LIFE project proposals 2015": paragraph 7 (page 14), it is clarified that the preliminary long list will be structured in three sub-lists, one for each priority area (NAT, ENV and GIE).

zip (~ 2 MB)

LIFE Environmental Governance & Information (sub-programme for Environment) incorporates elements of the former LIFE+ Information & Communication strand. It will co-finance action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the environment, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development and new patterns for sustainable consumption; to support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the environment, and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful environmental solutions and practice, including by developing cooperation platforms among stakeholders and training; and to promote and contribute to more effective compliance with and enforcement of Union environmental legislation, in particular by promoting the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches.

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Environmental Governance & Information application package
Updated 26 August 2015:

  • Corrigendum of the "Guide for the evaluation of Sub-programme Environment LIFE project proposals 2015": paragraph 7 (page 14), it is clarified that the preliminary long list will be structured in three sub-lists, one for each priority area (NAT, ENV and GIE).

zip (~ 2 MB)

LIFE Climate Change Mitigation (sub-programme for Climate Action) will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; that contribute to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change mitigation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change mitigation; that improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change mitigation actions and measures and that enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice; that facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed. See also the LIFE section of the DG Climate Action web-site.

LIFE Climate Change Adaptation (sub-programme for Climate Action) will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change; that contribute to the development and implementation of Union policy on climate change adaptation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, including, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches; that improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change adaptation actions and measures, prioritising, where appropriate, those applying an ecosystem-based approach, and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice; that facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level, prioritising, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed. See also the LIFE section of the DG Climate Action web-site.

LIFE Climate Governance and Information (sub-programme for Climate Action) will co-finance action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the climate, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development; that support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the climate and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful climate solutions and practice, including by developing cooperation platforms among stakeholders and training; and that promote and contribute to more effective compliance with and enforcement of Union climate legislation, in particular by promoting the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches. See also the LIFE section of the DG Climate Action web-site.

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation, Governance & Information application package (Note: this one package covers all 3 Climate Action strands)
Updated 16 July 2015- Guideline Corrigenda:

  • A corrigendum of the "LIFE Climate Action Guidelines for Applicants 2015" clarifying in page 45 the monitoring of the impact of the C-implementation actions through the D-monitoring actions.
  • A corrigendum of the "LIFE Climate Action Guidelines for evaluation of project proposals 2015" modifying in page 6 the reference to other sections of the Guidelines for Applicants and clarifying in page 7, the calculation of the minimum pass score.

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(~ 2 MB)

Preparatory projects

Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment and for Climate Action) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation. The specific topics are indicated in the application guide.

Calendar for Preparatory Projects
Publication of call: 01 June 2015
Deadline: 30 October 2015

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Preparatory projects application package (Note: this one package covers both Environment and Climate Action strands)

zip (~ 2 MB)

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Integrated projects

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Calendar for Integrated Projects
Publication of call: 01 June 2015
Deadline: Phase I (concept note) In view of the date announced in Annex I of the application guidelines, the deadline for submission of Concept Notes for IPs (for both Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action and Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment) is extended to 10 October 2015
Deadline: Phase II (full proposal) March/April 2016 tbc

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Environment Integrated projects application package (Under the sub-programme for Environment)
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(~ 2 MB)

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Climate Action Integrated projects application package (Under the sub-programme for Climate Action)
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(~ 2 MB)


Frequently Asked Questions about the LIFE 2015 Call for Integrated Project Proposals

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Technical Assistance projects

Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.

Calendar for Technical Assistance projects
Publication of call: 01 June 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2015

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Technical Assistance projects application package (Note: this one package covers both Environment and Climate Action strands)

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(~ 2 MB)

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Capacity Building projects

Capacity Building projects provide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points, with a view to enabling Member States to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme.

Calendar for Capacity Building projects
Deadline: on a rolling basis until 30 September 2015 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time Format: electronic files on CD-ROM or DVD (note: not via e-proposal)

Download: Zip file of the LIFE Capacity Building projects projects application package
zip (~ 2 MB)

Important note: Please also refer to the "financial and administrative guidelines" which is available at the following page, together with other relevant documents.

NGO Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs)

NGO operating grants

The NGO Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) has been launched on 15 June 2015. This call for proposals aims at identifying framework partners to which the EASME may at a later stage award specific operating grants.

Those specific operating grants shall foresee co-financing of the operating costs of NGO's related to the eligible activities provided for in the framework partners' 2016 and 2017 Work Programme. The target are NGOs which pursue an aim of general Union interest, are primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action and are involved in the development, implementation and enforcement of Union policy and legislation.

This year's call will address framework partnership agreements covering two years. The indicative total budget earmarked for the co-financing of NGO operating grants is estimated at EUR 18,000,000.00 (eighteen million euros) for a two year period, i.e. 9,000,000.00 (nine million euros) yearly.

Call on framework partnership agreements for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) >>

Calendar for NGO Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs)
Publication of call: 15 June 2015
Deadline: 27 July 2015

Contact

LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017

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