Co-funding available for close-to-market environment and climate solutions

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Your company is working on a solution that benefits the climate or the environment?

Check the EU's LIFE programme: You might be eligible to receive up to 60% co-financing.

The European Commission will launch a new call for proposals under the LIFE programme on 28 April, with application deadlines in September 2017.

Nearly €260 million in funding will be available for environment and climate projects ("traditional projects").

Looking for close-to-market projects

We are particularly looking for close-to-market projects ie. 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. 

The LIFE programme can provide up to 60% co-financing to such projects.

How to apply for the LIFE programme?

A proposal may be submitted by any legal person registered in the European Union. For close-to-market projects we mostly expect applications from private companies ("cleantech") – from small businesses to large industries.

The LIFE programme is flexible: It's up to you to decide on the project duration and budget, and whether your company would like to run the project on their own or join forces with partners from your own or a different EU Member State.

Interested applicants should consider applying to the "Traditional projects" call for proposals in the following priority areas:

The European Commission is organising an information and networking event on 31 May in Brussels to advise applicants on the LIFE programme's 2017 call for traditional projects.

Environmental and climate solutions kick-started with LIFE funding

Over the past 25 years, the LIFE Programme has invested in many close-to-market projects. Have a look at the video showing three successful projects financed in the past.

The Italian Usa e Riusa project launched a special system of reusable, foldable and recyclable crates which avoids box waste when carrying vegetable and fruits from the fields into the supermarkets. 

The Swedish Dyemond Solar project has come up with a way to produce dye-sensitized solar cells which can be used for indoor applications such as e-readers in an eco-friendly and cost-efficient manner. 

The French Pamela project developed a smart and safe approach for dismantling and recycling end-of-life planes.

Picture: CTO Henrik Linstrom holding e-reader size solar cell © Exeger, 2015.

Read more

Description of close-to-market projects funded through LIFE

Apply now: LIFE call for proposals 2017

Indicative planning for the LIFE 2017 call for proposals

Full 2016 application guidelines "Environment & Resource Efficiency"

Information & Networking event on 31 May in Brussels

Information sessions in the EU Member States

LIFE programme website


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  • Marco Bouwkamp | Wed, 12/04/2017 - 08:15
    Close to market projects

    Last year, I got the feeling that the application package and also the evaluators were not yet ready for close to market projects. Is that just me? Are there going to be changes this year to promote close to market projects?

  • politau | Tue, 18/04/2017 - 11:34
    Re:Close to market projects

    Already last year there was a specific section about close to market projects section 2.3.1 in the Application guidelines and experts are trained to take all these aspects into considerations. No changes compared to last year, so just make sure you read well that part and address all the relevant elements!

Senam Humado | Thu, 18/05/2017 - 02:56
Close to market contact

I reside in Ghana and wish to apply for Close to market project but I do not know any legal EU member. Could you please advice me how to contact any legal member for assistance?
Awaiting your response.
Yours sincerely
Mr. Senam Humado
Gogreen Farms
P.O.Box CE 11066, Tema
Tel: +233-244760826

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