|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;
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;
support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and
- to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
|Link || Link to Programme |
|Description of programme |
area Environment and Resource Efficiency"
The priority area Environment and Resource Efficiency focuses on:
testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions to environmental challenges, and in
support of resource efficiency-related policy and legislation, including the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.
- improving the knowledge base for the development, implementation, assessment, monitoring and
evaluation of Union environmental policy and legislation, and for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures
and responses that impact on the environment within and outside the Union.
LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
support will be allocated to the best proposals in terms of innovative solutions for important environmental issues, leading
to viable as well as qualitatively and quantitatively measurable concrete results. Proposals must be highly visible and technically
and financially sound. They should incorporate the dissemination of knowledge. The demonstration character is particularly
important; projects must be implemented on a technical scale that allows evaluation of technical and economic viability of
large scale introduction. LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency is not directed at research or at investment in existing
technology. LIFE aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and development results and widespread implementation, and
to improve innovative solutions.
- Thematic priorities for Water, including the marine environment
- Thematic priorities for Waste
- Thematic priorities for Resource
Efficiency, including soil and forests, and green and circular economy
priorities for Environment and Health, including chemicals and noise
priorities for Air quality and emissions, including urban environment
Pilot Projects - Environment & Resource Efficiency
of call |
"Pilot Projects - Environment & Resource Efficiency"
"Pilot projects" means projects that apply
a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, that offer potential environmental or climate
advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations.
|Link || Link to Call |
|Thematic Focus || Education, Energy, Innovation,
Capacity Building, Climate, Sustainability, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources |
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
|Applicant details || Entities participating in the proposal may fall
into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial
organisations (including NGOs). |
|Project Partner Details || |
Partners are not
mandatory. Transnational projects have priority though.
|Recurring Call ||
|Further info || |
Applications will be submitted in two stages:
Shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited to submit
full proposals in February 2021.
1: Concept note of 10 pages (Deadline: 02.04.2020)
There is no pre-defined project duration under LIFE+.
of Funding || Grant |
|Financial details || |
maximum EU co-financing rate for "traditional" LIFE projects is 55% of the total eligible project costs.
There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. While large ambitious projects (i.e. over 5 million
€ 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 must submit their proposals to the Contracting Authority via eProposal
|Contact Details || |
For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please
follow this link.
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