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
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.
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.
28 February 2018The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
This means that all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from the withdrawal date. The United Kingdom will then become a third country.
Please note that, until the United Kingdom leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations. This includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate fully and receive funding under the LIFE programme. Please be aware, however, that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant.
If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring, in particular, that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of the relevant Articles of the grant agreement.
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.
Applicants will be requested to submit a concept note in English that is approximately 10 pages long. The information that will be requested will notably include:
All concept notes will be evaluated against two criteria:
They will then be ranked by merit. Applicants with the best ranked concept notes will be invited to stage 2: submission of their full proposal.
For more information on the evaluation criteria please refer to the Multiannual Work Programme. Please note that the evaluation and application guides will be published on the day the call opens.
While there will be small adjustments to the full proposal forms, the information requested will not differ substantially from what has been requested in past calls for LIFE funding. You may wish to consult previous call documents for further guidance on the kind of information to provide. However, please bear in mind that only information published in the Guidelines for Applicants 2018 will be binding. As in past years, it will be possible to submit a full (stage 2) proposal in any official EU language, except Irish or Maltese. We nonetheless encourage applicants to submit their proposal in English.
|Date or period||Activity|
|mid-April 2018||Call publication|
|12 June 2018 (tbc)||Deadline for applicants to submit concept notes to the Contracting Authority|
|October 2018 (tbc)||Applicant notification, invitation of shortlisted applicants to submit their full proposal|
|January 2019 (tbc)||Deadline to submit full proposals|
|January 2018 to June 2019 (tbc)||Evaluation and revision of proposals|
|July 2019 (tbc)||Signature of individual grant agreements|
|1 July 2019 (tbc)||Earliest possible starting date|
30 January 2018In line with the LIFE Regulation (Art. 9) and the Commission Implementing decision 2014/203/EU (LIFE Multi Annual Work Programme 2014-2017), the remaining LIFE national allocations for the Environment sub-programme have been updated after taking into account the results of the 2016 selection.
Download: National allocations for the Environment sub-programme after the 2016 Call
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21 September 2017The European Commission has received 629 proposals for environment and climate protection projects by the LIFE programme's deadlines in September 2017. Applicants come from all 28 EU Member States and request more than €1 billion in EU funding – four times the available budget (which is some €254 million).
Of the new proposals, 507 focus on nature conservation and the environmental sector, while 122 proposals address climate change (see Figure 1 – breakdown per thematic area).
More than 3 100 organisations spread across all 28 Member States applied for LIFE programme funding. The majority of these (56%) are private entities, a category that includes non-governmental organisations, as well as companies. The remaining 44% of applicants are public institutions. About 18% of all applicants are small and medium-sized businesses.
The LIFE programme is based on a bottom-up approach: It is up to applicants to decide on the project duration and budget, and whether they would like to run the project on their own or join forces with partners from their own or another country. In 2017, 88% of the proposals were submitted by a consortium of partners. More than half of the proposed projects involve partners from different countries – a steep increase compared to last year's call for proposals (when only 36% of project proposals included a transnational element.
Between November and next March, expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The European Commission will then inform all applicants in early 2018 whether or not their proposal has been successful. Project proposals will be revised and grant agreements prepared in spring 2018 so that the new projects can be launched from July 2018 onwards.
01 August 2017Are you a company that offers sustainable products or services that is looking to expand? An organisation that supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? A regional authority?
If so, why not get involved in a new project from the European Commission that aims to kick start the circular economy among Europe's SMEs?
The project is open to the following:
- SME support organisations that would like to receive training on the circular economy
- Circular solution providers (companies which offer sustainable products and/or services) that would like to expand
- Regional authorities that would like to receive policy advice on how to support SMEs in adopting circular solutions
Expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday 18 September 2017 by filling in the digital application located at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/circular-economy-smes/
Any questions? Contact: ENV-PILOT-PROJECT@ec.europa.eu
03 May 2017Following the feedback received in response to the call launched on the 7th of December 2016, the Commission has decided to publish a second call for proposals to support the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The scope of supported activities will be environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems, mainly the Natura 2000 network. For this second call some requirements have been modified, e.g. the minimum number of volunteers to be engaged in the ESC is one hundred (100) and the execution period may last up to three years (36 months).
LIFE Preparatory projects to support deployment of European Solidarity Corps (sub-programme for Environment) contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide volunteering services for young people across the European Union. It focuses mainly on conservation of Natura 2000 sites, environmental protection, restoration of natural areas and ecosystems and on capacity building on voluntary services among ongoing LIFE projects.
To apply, go to the 2017 LIFE preparatory projects for the European Solidarity Corps call page.
28 April 2017 The LIFE programme has launched its 2017 call for proposals, underlining its commitment to supporting projects that protect the environment and tackle the impact of climate change.
The total budget for project action grants in this year's call is over €373 million. Of this, over €290 million is foreseen for the sub-programme for Environment and over €82 million 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.
For the sub-programme for Environment, the call covers action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects and Technical Assistance projects.
For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional projects", Integrated projects and Technical Assistance projects.
In this year's call the Commission is particularly interested in close-to-market projects, i.e. projects that propose a new solution with clear environmental and/or climate benefits and which have a level of technical and business readiness allowing them to implement their solution in close-to-market conditions.
Applications are welcomed from public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations (NGOs). Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities) registered in the EU.
Applicants are advised to note that new features have been introduced for "Traditional" projects in the 2017 call. They are summarised in the first pages of the Guidelines in each application package and detailed further in the different sections.
Applicants should also note that the template of the Grant Agreement will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.
For further information about all the features of the 2017 call for action grants, including guidance, links to application packages and links to National Contacts Points, go to the 2017 call page on the LIFE website.
On the 31 May 2017 there will be a LIFE 2017 call information and networking event to explain how to prepare and submit a successful LIFE proposal.
03 April 2017 The European Commission will launch a new call for proposals under the LIFE programme on 28 April 2017, with application deadlines in September 2017. Nearly €260 million in funding will be available for environment and climate projects ("traditional projects").
The Commission is particularly interested in close-to-market projects, i.e. projects that:
Interested applicants should consider applying to the traditional projects call for proposals in the following priority areas:
Read more about the co-funding available for close-to-market environment and climate solutions.
Applicants busy designing projects for potential new LIFE funding should highlight the following date in their agendas: 31 May 2017. This is when the European Commission will host an information and networking event on the 2017 LIFE funding opportunities.
03 April 2017 The call for proposals for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the fields of environment and climate action is open!
To check the eligibility of your organisation, please read carefully the eligibility criteria.
Any applicant must:
For more information, follow this link to download the call, application guide and other useful documents.
An information event for potential applicants will take place on 20 April at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in Brussels. Please register for the event by 13 April.
07 December 2016 LIFE Preparatory projects to support deployment of European Solidarity Corps (sub-programme for Environment) contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide volunteering services for young people across the European Union.
It focuses mainly on conservation of Natura 2000 sites, environmental protection, restoration of natural areas and ecosystems and on capacity building among ongoing LIFE projects.
Deadline for application to the LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps is 07 March 2017 at 16:00 Brussels local time.
According to the LIFE Regulation (Art. 9), the Commission shall ensure geographical balance for projects submitted under the sub-programme for Environment, by proportionately distributing funds among all Member States according to indicative national allocations.
The table attached below indicates the remaining national allocations for the Environment sub-programme for the duration of the first multiannual work programme, after taking into account the results of the 2014 selection. Where indicative national allocations are not applicable, projects shall be selected exclusively on the basis of merit.
Download: National allocations for the Environment sub-programme after the 2014 call
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The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 was published in the Official Journal L 347/185 of 20 December 2013.