Call: Demonstration Projects - Nature & Biodiversity
|Type of Fund||Action programme|
|Description of programme
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.
The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following general objectives:
|Link||Link to Programme|
|Description of programme |
"Priority area Nature and Biodiversity"
LIFE Nature & Biodiversity aims specifically at contributing to the development and implementation of EU policy and legislation in the area of nature and biodiversity. Projects financed must have a European added value and be complementary to those actions that can be financed under other EU funds during the period 2014–2020.
The priority area LIFE Nature & Biodiversity focuses on:
There are two distinct sectors of projects which are intended to complement each other: LIFE Nature projects and LIFE Biodiversity projects. A proposed project submitted under the priority area LIFE Nature & Biodiversity must either be a LIFE Nature or a LIFE Biodiversity project.Thus, LIFE Nature relates specifically to the objectives of the Birds and Habitats Directives, while LIFE Biodiversity is not restricted to the objectives of the Birds and Habitats Directives, but supports the broader implementation of the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. A nature conservation project that targets exclusively species/habitats of the Birds / Habitats Directives should normally be submitted as a LIFE Nature project. Other projects are more likely to fit better within the requirements of LIFE Biodiversity (N.B. Proposals submitted under NAT or BIO will be evaluated accordingly, no reclassification will be possible).
Thematic priorities for LIFE Nature projects: activities for the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives in particular:
Thematic priorities for LIFE Biodiversity projects: activities for the implementation of the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
Demonstration Projects - Nature & Biodiversity
of call |
"Demonstration Projects - Nature & Biodiversity"
"Demonstration projects" means projects that put
into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific
context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere
in similar circumstances. A successful demonstration project is available to all potential stakeholders and aims to encourage
other stakeholders to use the techniques and methods demonstrated in the project. Demonstration projects may have a higher
EU added value if they take place on a national or transnational level, rather than on a local scale.
|Link||Link to Call|
|Thematic Focus||Climate, Sustainability, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources|
|Funding area|| EU Member States
|Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
|Eligible applicants||Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), , NGO / NPO, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Public Services|
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Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities) registered in the EU. Applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).
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Partners are not mandatory. Transnational Projects have priority though.
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Applications will be submitted in two stages:
Usually projects last for 2 to 5 years.
|Type of Funding||Grant|
|Financial details|| |
EU co-financing rate for "traditional" LIFE projects is 60% of the total eligible project costs.
There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. While large ambitious projects (i.e. over 5 000 000 € total costs) have been financed several times in the past, small projects (i.e. below 500 000 € total costs) have seldom succeeded due to the limited output and consequently the low added value.
|Submission||Applicants for LIFE funding for "traditional" projects must submit their proposals using the web tool eProposal available via the LIFE web page.|
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For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please follow this link.