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LIFE (2014-2020)

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

New help for SMEs in the circular economy

LIFE is investing​ in the circular economy and in close-to-market projects​ that contribute to green growth and jobsLIFE is investing​ in the circular economy
and in close-to-market projects​ that
contribute to green growth and jobs

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

 

LIFE preparatory projects for the European Solidarity Corps call

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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.

 

LIFE launches 2017 call for action grants: more than €373 million available

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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.

LIFE 2017: Up to 60% co-financing for close-to-market environment and climate solutions

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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:

  • propose a new, demonstrative solution able to bring clear environmental and/or climate benefits, e.g. in the fields of waste management, circular economy, resource efficiency, climate change mitigation, and water; and
  • have a level of technical and business readiness allowing them to implement their solution in close-to-market conditions (i.e. at industrial or commercial scale) during the project duration. 

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.

LIFE 2017 call for proposals for NGOs and information day

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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:

  1. Be a non-profit making legal person;
  2. Be independent, in particular from government, other public authorities, and from political or commercial interests;
  3. Be primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action and have an environmental/climate objective which is aimed at:
    1. the public good,
    2. sustainable development, and
    3. the development, implementation and enforcement of European Union environmental and/or climate policy and legislation;
  4. Be established (legally registered) in one of the European Union Member States.
  5. Be operating at Union level with a structure and activities covering at least three European Union Member States.

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.

2016 LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps

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.

 

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Remaining national allocations for the Environment sub-programme after the 2014 Call

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.

LIFE Regulation

The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 was published in the Official Journal L 347/185 of 20 December 2013.

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