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Call: LIFE- Preparatory projects

Acronym LIFE
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:

  • to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, lowcarbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;
  • to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;
  • to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;
  • to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
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Description of programme

The sub-programme for Environment covers the priority areas:

  • Environment and Resource Efficiency,
  • Nature and Biodiversity, and
  • Environmental Governance and Information
LIFE- Preparatory projects
Description of call
"LIFE- Preparatory projects"
Once a year the Commission makes an inventory of specific needs regarding the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation that need to be addressed during the following years and identifies among them the needs that could be addressed by Preparatory projects.

Under the 2018 call, proposals may be submitted only to address the following specific needs:

  • Grazing for wildfire prevention, ecosystem service provision, nature conservation and landscape management
  • Support for Air Quality Plans under Directive 2008/50/EC
  • Better ‘support to the transition to circular economy’ in networks engaging innovation, regional and environmental agencies, philanthropy and financial market actors
  • Providing support for Biodiversity Action in the EU's Outermost Regions (BEST)
  • Capacity building for SME support organizations helping them to boost their services to SMEs on circular economy, resource efficiency and eco-innovation
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Thematic Focus Climate, Environment & biodiversity, Sustainability, Security, Disaster Prevention, Innovation, Capacity Building, Natural ressources
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, , , Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, , Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), , NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details LIFE is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in or, exceptionally, outside the European Union. 
Beneficiaries may include: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Project proposals can either be submitted by a single applicant or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary (the applicant) and one or several associated beneficiaries.
Recurring Call Yes
Further info There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. Generally speaking, the project duration must correspond to what is necessary to complete all of the project's actions and to reach all its objectives. A Preparatory project would be expected to last between 2 and 3 years.

Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The maximum EU co-financing rate for LIFE Preparatory projects is 60% of the eligible project costs.
There is no fixed min. size for project budgets.
The max. EU- funding amount differs in the Specific Needs/Priority Objectives identified for 2018.
LIFE 2017 – Preparatory Projects
European Commission
DG ENV – LIFE Unit (BU9 03/006)
B-1049 Brussels
Contact Details

For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please follow this link.


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