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Technical Assistance preparation of ENV SIPs
LIFE - sub-programme “Circular Economy and Quality of Life”
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 70,000.00
Link to the call
Link to the submission
The overall objective of a TA-PP-ENV-SIP project is writing a SIP proposal, so all activities must contribute to this goal. As a general principle, all activities included in the Technical Assistance project must be new and additional to the work undertaken by the applicant prior to the project.
The objective is the preparation of ENV Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs).
ENV SIPs projects
- aim at the implementation of:
- National or Regional Circular Economy Action Plans, Strategies, Roadmaps or similar
- National and regional Waste Management Plans (WMPs) pursuant to Article 28 of the Waste Framework Directive and/or Waste Prevention Programmes as requested by article 29 of the Waste Framework Directive;
- River basin management plans (RBMPs) pursuant to Annex VII to the Water Framework Directive, Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) pursuant to the Floods Directive, Marine Strategies pursuant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive;
- Air quality plans pursuant to the Ambient Air Quality Directive or National Air Pollution Control Programmes (NAPCP) pursuant to the National Emission Ceilings Directive.
- at large territorial scale
- with the involvement of all concerned stakeholders
- and include a coordination mechanism for funding supporting complementary measures necessary for the full implementation of the targeted plan or strategy.
Therefore the main objective of the TA-PP project is the submission of a full proposal for a ENV SIP.
The ENV SIP proposal prepared in the framework of TA-PP project has to be of good quality and has to be eligible for LIFE funding. If failure to submit eligible and quality ENV SIP proposal is due to the poor performance, negligence or mistake of the beneficiary of the TA-PP project, the granting authority reserves the right to recover any pre-financing and to declare all TA- PP project costs ineligible.
The coordinating beneficiary should submit a full ENV SIP proposal in the framework of a dedicated LIFE call for ENV SIP before the end of the TA-PP project. Please keep in mind that the submission process for a ENV SIP consists of two phases – concept note and full proposal.
Applicants should ensure that the targeted plan or strategy will be eligible for a ENV SIP. Please note that, inter alia, the plan or strategy should be adopted by the submission date of the full proposal for the ENV SIP, which by default will be before the end date of the Technical Assistance project.
Expected effects and impacts
A proposal for a Technical Assistance project is expected to support the applicant during preparation of an eligible SIP proposal of good quality that targets an eligible strategy or plan. The proposals must also demonstrate that the proposed action is of Union interest by making a contribution to the achievement of one of the general objectives of the LIFE Programme set out in Article 3 of the LIFE regulation.
In general, and amongst others, the activities:
- should not be research
- should not include statutory responsibilities of the competent authority
- should be completed within the duration of the project
- should be clearly related to the objective(s) of the project and the corresponding SIP
Activities may include (this is not an exhaustive list):
- recruitment of new personnel and training for writing a SIP proposal
- contracting external assistance for writing a SIP proposal
- information collection for the preparation of a SIP proposal (e.g. on sources of funding)
- networking, consultation and coordination work for preparing and writing the SIP
- coordination with stakeholders to be involved in the Strategic Integrated Project
- developing financing plans where such plans are not already part of the targeted strategy or plan
- mapping of the actions complementary to SIP and their potential sources of funding
- writing of the SIP proposal full proposal or concept note and full proposal itself
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Ukraine (Україна)
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)
TA-PP projects are designed to support authorities responsible for the implementation of the plan/strategy/action plan targeted by the SNAPs or SIPs to prepare their SNAPs and SIPs applications. The authority responsible for the plan/strategy/action plan should in principle be the coordinator of the TA-PP project. In well justified cases it may participate not as coordinator, but it should in any case be part of the TA-PP project 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 not allowed.
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)
max. 24 months
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 (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table
- activity reports of last year: n/a
- letters of support (optional)
- other annexes (optional)
Proposals are limited to maximum 30 pages (Part B).