LIFE programme

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Meet 38 EU-funded projects at Ecomondo 2018

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,

The European Commission is taking 38 EU-funded projects to Ecomondo – the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy – to show how EU-funding helps circular economy become a reality with concrete projects on the ground. The fair will take place in Rimini, Italy from 6-9 November - discover all the projects below!

Plan Bee: projects on beekeeping

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:

From Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June, the European Parliament is celebrating the 7th edition of the Bee Week. Here are 4 projects managed by EASME on beekeeping that contribute on the ground to this year's theme: How is the agricultural community mobilised to protect bees?

Two-stage application for LIFE Environment sub-programme - a major simplification for LIFE applicants

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:

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.

How to get your Close-to-Market proposal approved

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.  

Working on a commercial solution to an environmental or climate challenge? You can now download LIFE application packages for traditional projects on the environment and resource efficiency, and climate action. Here are our 8 tips for getting your Close-to-Market proposal approved.

UN Climate Change Conference COP23 - Bonn, 6 - 17 November 2017


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.



This year, Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 and LIFE projects will have a numerous presence at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Twelve of the ongoing Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) granted projects and five LIFE ongoing projects, will be holding side events during this year's edition of the UN Climate Change Conference that will take place from the 6th until the 17th November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. 

Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment

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?

The European Commission is organising a side event at the Porto Water Innovation Week on 26 September in Porto, Portugal. Register to learn about the latest wastewater treatment solutions co-financed through the EU's LIFE programme as well as upcoming funding opportunities.

New infographic and poster on LIFE programme – Order now

Help us promote the 2017 call for project proposals of the EU's LIFE programme for the environment and climate action.

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:

Information & Networking event: LIFE 2017 call for project proposals

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:

31 May 2017, Brussels – Information & Networking Event on the 2017 funding opportunities for green technology, nature conservation and climate projects under the EU's LIFE programme.

Green business: Invitation to join the EU delegation to South Africa

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:

The European Commission invites European green businesses to join a circular economy delegation to South Africa on 2-5 May 2017.

The delegation will be led by Daniel Calleja, the European Commission's Director-General for the Environment.

Save the date: Information Day on LIFE call for proposals on 17 June

In 2016, there is more than €330 million available in funding through the LIFE programme. The European Commission will launch a call for proposals in the second half of May, with deadlines in September 2016.

If you are interested in environment, nature and climate projects, mark your agendas and join us on Friday, 17 June 2016.

The European Commission is organising an Information Day on 17 June to advise applicants on the 2016 funding opportunities under the EU's LIFE programme for the environment and climate action.


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