LIFE programme

  • The projects are all managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and receive funding from one of the programmes that EASME implements on behalf of the European Commission: Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency, Horizon 2020 Environment, COSME, LIFE,

  • Bees play the vital role of pollinating many of our agricultural crops and balancing the ecosystem. A big part of the food we eat depends on pollinators such as honeybees. However, apiculture is facing important colony losses lately due to diseases and harmful pesticides.

    The EU is funding several projects managed by the Executive Agency EASME (the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to help cope with this environmental crisis and save the hardworking bees:

  • 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.

    Stage 1: Concept Note

    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:

  • 1. Show the impact
    Clearly explain how your project will serve the environment. Make sure that its benefits are ambitious, credible and well quantified in the Key Project Level Indicators for environment and climate action projects detailed in your application pack.  


    The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn will represent a milestone for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by governments.

    During the event, it will become clearer how to make the Agreement fully operational and how nations could get the support needed to reach their climate change goals. Taking place in Germany but being presided over by the Government of Fiji, COP23 is in itself an example of cooperation between nations towards the global climate change common challenge.



  • How can we ensure that our water sources are clean and secure? What are the most sustainable ways of treating wastewater? How can we reduce the multiple environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wastewater management? What are the most innovative technologies to valorise sewage by-products?

  • In 2017, there is more than €373 million available in funding for green technology, nature conservation and climate action projects. Our infographic shows which type of projects can be funded through LIFE. 

    The infographic is available in A4 and A0 formats. If you'd like to receive copies for your communication (free of charge), please order through the EU bookshop:

  • As part of the EU Green Week, the European Commission is organising an information and networking event to advise applicants on the LIFE programme's 2017 call for traditional projects.

    The call for proposals will be launched on 28 April, with deadlines in September 2017. 

    LIFE 2017 call for project proposals – A new opportunity for green jobs and growth

    In 2017, there is more than €390 million available in funding, in particular, for:

  • A series of matchmaking meetings with South African entrepreneurs will give EU green business, and in particular small and medium-sized companies, the chance to explore business partnerships in the following areas: