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 55% co-financing to such projects.
8 tips to help you apply
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.
2. Think sustainable To help us assess the technical coherence and quality of your application, tell us how your project’s objective will outlast its funding. How will the products or services that you develop thrive on the open market? LIFE’s close-to-market projects must also produce a business plan as part of their compulsory deliverables.
3. Transfer and replicate Outline how you will help replicate and transfer your results, notably to other sectors, regions or countries, beyond the duration of the project. Clarity will help your proposal meet the award criterion on sustainability, continuation, replication and transfer potential outlined in the evaluation guide for environment and climate action projects.
4. Follow guidelines Refer to the application guide for environment and climate action projects when detailing the problem you address, the solution you propose, the team you pitch and why your project is worth funding. It spells out the criteria by which your proposal will be evaluated.
5. Pick your team Describe the staff involved in each action and demonstrate that your partners are capable of taking on the challenges ahead and motivated to overcome them.
6. Plan ahead Before writing, start budgeting. Make sure that each expense reflects market prices and that it is justified given its impact on sustainability and your business potential.
7. Get writing Start writing your business plan as soon as possible for the duration of the project and the 12 months following its conclusion. A good business plan will help you and investors grasp your market, competitors, costs and sources of income, offering tangible milestones to follow your progress.