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  1. Governance, partnership: Projects aimed at increasing the application of multilevel and transnational or cross-border governance, designing and testing appropriate governance structures and mechanisms. Also cooperation between public institutions on any theme.

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    Activities focussing on agricultural products, organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products; furthermore the development of the food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products and any topics related to animals and fishing.

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Call key data

Strategic Integrated Projects - Climate Action

Funding Program

LIFE - sub-programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”

Call number




05.09.2024 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 30,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

between € 10,000,000.00 and € 30,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

Applicants should target the implementation of plans/strategies related to climate change.


Call objectives

Applicants should target the implementation of one or more of the following plans/strategies:

  • National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) including Long-Term Strategies (LTS).
  • Regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action (EU)2018/1999.
  • National adaptation strategies and plans pursuant to Article 5 of the Regulation 2021/1119 (‘European Climate Law’), or regional adaptation strategies or action plans.
  • Urban or community-based action plans pioneering the transition to a climate neutral and/or climate resilient society, including climate-neutral cities plans and actions, for instance in the context of the EU Mission ‘Climate neutral and smart cities’ and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
  • National, regional or industry-/sector-specific greenhouse gas mitigation strategies or low carbon economy roadmaps.

Expected effects and impacts

  • By the end of the project: at least substantial contribution to the implementation of the targeted plan/strategy, and mechanisms established to ensure full implementation of the plan/strategy.
  • After the project (3-5 years after): catalysing full implementation of the targeted plan(s)/strategy(ies)/action plan(s).

At stage 2 (full proposal), applicants should review relevant indicators (KPI) in Part C of the eGrant application and complete them with the estimated impact of the project. Part C data should be coherent with the description of impacts of section 2 of Part B of the Application Form.

In case Part C does not include impact indicators that are important for your project (e.g.: NOx emission reduction in case of Air quality projects) you should make use of the indicator “Other project specific KPIs” in Part C and provide a relevant description of such indicators in section 2 of Part B of the Application Form.

If relevant, projects must upload a Geographic Information System (GIS) file and associated data of the specific geographical area where the intervention took place as a deliverable in their final report. This map should enable to spatially visualise the impact already reported in the KPI database. The specific format and technical requirements of the GIS files will be provided to the supported projects during their implementation.

More detailed KPI information will be requested during the project implementation time.

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Expected results

Climate change adaptation SIPs should help achieve the objectives of Article 5 of the European Climate Law or the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change.

In order to do so, SIPs should support the implementation of national climate change adaptation strategies or plans, as required under the European Climate Law, or comparable regional, multi-regional or transnational strategies and plans.

More specifically, they are expected to select and implement a clearly defined set of actions in the corresponding adaptation strategy or plan, which are to be financed by LIFE. Applicants should explain how and to what extent this set of actions will help to implement the overall strategy or plan.

Also, in order to substantially contribute to the implementation of this strategy or plan, SIPs should specify:

  • additional, complementary adaptation actions, which are to be funded by other EU, national or private funding sources;
  • how the project will mobilise complementary funds that can finance activities beyond the scope and timeframe of what is funded by LIFE, like measures to integrate climate adaptation objectives in private investment decisions;
  • auxiliary actions that facilitate the implementation of the overall strategy or plan, such as capacity-building;
  • how the project ensures the involvement and coordination of all relevant levels of government.

Furthermore, the proposal should present clear and quantifiable information on:

  • the expected level of implementation of the adaptation strategy or plan as a direct consequence of (a) the actions foreseen in the SIP and (b) the complementary actions financed by other means mobilised in parallel to the SIP;
  • the geographical area covered by these measures (which can span across national borders if climate risks and vulnerabilities are similar e.g. in river catchment areas);
  • the specific climate risks and vulnerabilities to be addressed (considering also available information on projected future climatic conditions) and how the project’s actions help to minimise them;
  • the level of involvement and commitment of the relevant competent authorities and stakeholders at local, regional and national level;
  • the contribution to mainstreaming climate change action into different sectors.

Finally, climate change adaptation SIPs should develop synergies with other environmental and climate policies (e.g. climate mitigation, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity and water policy), and are encouraged to develop synergies with the EU Mission ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’, wherever relevant. Climate change adaptation SIPs selected under this call will receive invitations to join the Community of Practice of that Mission.

Urban climate change mitigation and/or adaptation SIPs:

SIPs under this category shall support the implementation of urban action plans pioneering the transition to a climate neutral and/or climate resilient society. Projects are encouraged to address the following themes:

  • The implementation of urban adaptation and/or mitigation strategies and action plans, such as those linked to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy;
  • The development and deployment of innovative adaptation solutions in urban areas, including in the water, energy and construction sectors, promoting and developing blue and green infrastructure, contributing to nature conservation and biodiversity objectives in urban areas; and implementing public-private partnerships on climate change resilience;
  • The implementation of urban and/or rural low-carbon, low-emission strategies, including transport and mobility, renewable energy generation, storage and use (electric power and/or heat) within the urban area, district heating, energy efficiency of public and private buildings, low-emission city lighting, carbon removals in nature-based solutions and bio-based carbon storage products.

Urban action plans should integrate at the same time climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives.

A SIP under this category must cover several cities and should support the implementation of the whole strategy or action plan.

It shall also include measures to integrate climate considerations in private investment decisions.

Urban climate change mitigation and/or adaptation SIPs are encouraged to develop synergies with the EU missions ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’ and ‘Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities’.

Further to the general objectives of SIPs, the proposal should therefore present information on:

  • the expected level of implementation of the adaptation and/or mitigation action plan as a direct consequence of the actions foreseen in the SIP or through the complementary actions financed by other means mobilised in parallel to the SIP,
  • the geographical area covered by measures and the citizens reached under the adaptation and/or mitigation action plans,
  • the expected contribution to a shift towards a low emission and climate- resilient economy in the cities/local communities targeted through actions funded under the SIP and complementary projects,
  • the expected increase in the number of cities/local communities applying integrated approaches with support of the IP or replicating the results from the SIP,
  • the contribution to strengthening climate change adaptation and/or mitigation management and governance, including the level of involvement and commitment of the relevant competent authorities and stakeholders at local, regional and national level,
  • the contribution to mainstreaming climate change action across different policy areas.

Climate change mitigation SIPs:

SIPs falling under the area of climate change mitigation shall support the implementation of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, action plans or low carbon economy roadmaps and concern:

  • specific municipalities or regions (e.g. as indicated by the Global Covenant of Mayors);
  • industrial sectors;
  • agriculture, forestry and other land uses (e.g. peatland rewetting);
  • other economic sectors (e.g. maritime transport, aviation, finance) by promoting and implementing sustainable technologies and services.

SIPs should contribute to the implementation and development of current and future Union climate change mitigation policy and legislation, as amended, which could include:

  • the European Climate Law (EU) 2021/1119;
  • the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (EU) 2018/1999;
  • the EU ETS Directive (2003/87/EC);
  • the Effort Sharing Regulation (EU) 2018/842;
  • the LULUCF Regulation (EU) 2018/841;
  • the Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001;
  • the Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002;
  • the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EU 2018/844);
  • the Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union certification framework for permanent carbon removals, carbon farming and carbon storage in products (COM/2022/672 final);
  • The Regulation on substances that deplete the ozone layer (EU) 2024/590;
  • the Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (EU)2024/573;
  • the Carbon dioxide capture and geological storage Directive (2009/31/EC);
  • the EU initiatives on sustainable finance, including uptake of the taxonomy, corporate reporting and due diligence requirements.

Potential stakeholders to be involved could include industry associations, companies along the supply chain, research institutions, public authorities, NGOs. Applications for implementation at regional, national or transnational level are welcome.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Iceland (Ísland), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by:

  • minimum 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)
  • the authority responsible for the plan/strategy/action plan should be in principle participating in the consortium as coordinator. In well justified cases it may participate not as coordinator, but it should in any case be part of the consortium.

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  • the coordinator must be established in an eligible country

Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible, if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the action (see work programme).

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).

International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.

EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Financial support to third parties is allowed in all topics of this Call for grants and prizes under the following conditions: 

  • the calls must be open, published widely and conform to EU standards concerning transparency, equal treatment, conflict of interest and confidentiality

other eligibility criteria

Please check the call document page 35-39 for more details about the following additional conditions:

  • Requirements related to complementary funds mobilisation/coordination
  • Platform meetings
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Project management & coordination with complementary funds
  • Replicability & transferability
  • Polluter pays principle & eligibility of actions
  • Land purchase

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality, 
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy , 
Rural & Urban Development/Planning

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 60 and 120 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Project acronym — Your project acronym must include the word LIFE. 

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents: 

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded) 
  • Part C — contains additional project data and the project’s contribution to EU programme key performance indicators (not applicable at stage 1) (to be filled in directly online)
  • Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • for concept notes (stage 1):
      • detailed budget table: not applicable
      • CVs of core project team: not applicable
      • activity reports of last year: not applicable
      • list of previous projects: not applicable
      • targeted plan/strategy/action plan (if several, combine in one file)
      • implementation overview for the plan/strategy/action plan
      • complementary funding plan.
    • for full proposals (stage 2):
      • detailed budget table (mandatory excel template available in the Submission System)
      • CVs of core project team: not applicable
      • activity reports of last year: not applicable
      • list of previous projects: not applicable
      • participant information
      • targeted plan/strategy/action plan (if several, combine in one file)
      • implementation overview for the plan/strategy/action plan
      • complementary funding plan
      • complementary funding declarations (at least one).
  • optional annexes ( relevant info about activities should be in the main text. Optional annexes are to be used only if necessary to support statements in Parts A-B-C):
    • for stage 1: not applicable
    • for stage 2:
      • letters of support
      • co-financing declarations
      • other annexes (maps, schemes, etc.)

Proposals are limited to maximum 45 pages (Part B) at stage 1 (you cannot delete instructions) and 200 pages (Part B) at stage 2 (you cannot delete instructions). Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.


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