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Strategic Integrated Projects - Climate Action

Funding Program

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

Call number




05.09.2023 17:00

Funding rate

60 %

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

SIPs target the implementation of the following types of plans, strategies or action plans required by specific EU environmental, climate or energy legislation or policy. Under this call, they should adress either the sub-programme "Circular Economy and Quality of Life" or "Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation".

Call objectives

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

  • National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP)[1] Regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action (EU)2018/1999.
  • National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAP).
  • National 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).

Expected results

SIPs should aim at the full implementation of the strategies and plans listed in "Objective". This might not mean that the SIP will cover all actions foreseen in the strategy/plan or that the strategy/plan will be fully implemented during the lifetime of the SIP. However, the SIP shall include strategic actions to catalyse a process and mobilise supplementary commitments and funding that will lead, in due time, to the full implementation of the plan or strategy.

SIPs shall promote the coordination with and mobilisation of other relevant Union, national or private funding sources for the implementation of the complementary measures or actions outside of the SIP in the framework of the targeted plan or strategy, giving preference to EU funding. Within the SIP itself, however, co-funding may not come from other EU funding sources.

SIPs shall actively involve the main stakeholders necessary for the implementation of the targeted plan or strategy. They should be involved in both the design and implementation of the given project. This involvement is expected to be achieved by including them - where possible and reasonable - as associated beneficiaries of the SIP, or through their active participation in the implementation of the SIP itself and/or of the complementary actions.

SIPs should facilitate and result in the building up of strategic capacities among the competent authorities and stakeholders to ensure a long-term sustainability of project results and actions, and to ensure that they will be able to function as co-deliverers of the targeted plan or strategy during or after the end of the SIP.

The SIP complexity requires an adaptive approach in the design of the implementing mechanism. For this reason, SIPs will be implemented based on a revolving programming mechanism structured in phases (i.e. Phase 1, Phase 2, etc.). Each phase should normally last at least 3 years, to reduce administrative burden, although duration might be shorter if properly justified.

Activities that can be funded:

  • Climate change adaptation SIPs: 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.
  • 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. A SIP under this category must cover several cities and should support the implementation of the whole strategy or action plan.
  • 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), 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

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

Financial support to third parties is allowed 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 note that at full proposal stage (latest by the time of submission of the full proposal), the targeted plan/strategy/action plan should be approved by the relevant authorities in your country. Moreover, if the targeted plan/strategy/action plan has a legal obligation to be submitted to the European Commission, it should be reviewed by the European Commission and considered at least of acceptable quality.

Please remember that a SIP must be able to mobilise at least one relevant Union, national or private funding source other than LIFE to finance complementary actions needed for the implementation of the targeted plan or strategy.

Accordingly, applicants should design the SIP by selecting from the targeted plan or strategy a coherent set of measures or actions for which LIFE is the most appropriate funding source. Other complementary measures or actions should be largely financed using other (Union, national or private) funding sources and should be implemented in complement to the LIFE interventions.

In particular, the LIFE Programme should be complementary to other major Union funding programmes, including the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, INTERREG, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and Horizon Europe (the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation).

In addition to these EU funding sources, international (e.g. EFTA, UNESCO funds, etc.), national or private donors will be equally considered. Please note that international, national, and private funds (excluding EU funds) can also contribute co- financing to the 40% of the eligible costs of the SIP itself, which have to be provided by its beneficiaries.

It is therefore important to highlight that for the purposes of the SIP proposal, complementary funding can only be considered to be "mobilised" if such funding:

  • has not been granted to or spent by one of the beneficiaries of the SIP before the launch of this call for applications. In exceptional cases and having explicit justifications from the applicants, funds granted before that date can also be accepted but under no circumstances will funds granted or spent before the launch of the LIFE2021 call (13/07/2021) be accepted; and
  • has been committed/confirmed by the relevant funding source by the time of the submission of the full proposal and evidenced by a formal letter of intent (i.e. Annex “Complementary Funding Declaration”) signed by the competent body representing the funding source clearly confirming the availability or the actual commitment of the complementary funding; or
  • in the absence of an actual commitment/confirmation by the time of the full proposal, a formal letter of intent has been signed by the competent body representing the funding source referred to by the applicant, confirming the potential eligibility of the actions proposed by the applicant for funding from this source and indicating the timing and likelihood of a future funding commitment.

If, for objective reasons, such as the timing of application periods of other funds, these general requirements for "mobilisation of additional funding sources" are not met, the applicants must provide – at the latest with their full proposal – an appropriate justification for the lack of a formal commitment or letter of intent regarding the funds concerned.

In any case, for the application to be eligible, at full proposal stage at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • one letter of intent (Annex “Complementary Funding Declaration”) clearly confirming the availability or the actual commitment of the complementary funding to be mobilised, signed by the competent body representing the funding source, is submitted with the full proposal;
  • proof is provided of the granting of complementary funds after the launch of the LIFE2021 call (13/07/2021).

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Circular Economy, Natural Resources, 
Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management, 
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

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 (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data (not applicable at stage 1)
  • Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • for concept notes (stage 1):
      • 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)
      • 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:
    • for stage 1: n/a
    • 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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