2018 Call for Proposals

​2018 marked the beginning of the second phase of the LIFE 2014-20 Programme. The LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP) 2018-2020, covers three calls: 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the fields of nature, the environment and climate. The 2018 LIFE Call was launched on 18 April 2018 accompanied by the publication of the application packages including guidance documents. For the Environment sub-programme (including nature), the 2018 LIFE Call marked the introduction of a new two-stage application process. This initially involves submission of a 11-page Concept Note. If this is approved, a Full Proposal must be submitted. Writing the Concept Note requires considerably less effort compared to writing a Full Proposal, so this change from previous years will mean less initial time commitment, with applicants knowing whether they have a chance of success before the bulk of the work in preparing a Full Proposal.


2018 Call Environment Sub programme - Timetable for submission of applications
18 April 2018Launch of Call
12 June 2018 Deadline for submission of Concept Notes for Environment & Resource Efficiency
14 June 2018Deadline for submission of Concept Notes for Nature & Biodiversity & Environmental Goverance and Information
October 2018 Concept Notes results – shortlisted applicants invited to submit Full Proposals
January 2019 Deadline to submit Full Proposals
June 2019 Results and revision of full proposals


The Climate sub-programme retained the one-stage application process for the 2018 Call with submission of a Full Proposal in September 2018 (2018 Climate Call now CLOSED)

2018 Call Climate Sub programme - Timetable for submission of applications
18 April 2018Launch of Call
12 September 2018 Deadline to submit Full Proposals
May 2019 Evaluation and revision of Full Proposals


Types of projects covered by LIFE:

  • Demonstration – puts into practice, tests and disseminates methods that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project and can be more widely applied
  • Pilot – aims to evaluate whether targeted new techniques and methods work which offer advantages to current best practice
  • Best practice – for 'Climate'/ 'Nature' projects: cost-effective, state-of-the-art existing techniques, methods and approaches
  • Information awareness and dissemination projects


Critical elements of a LIFE Project:

  • EU added-value – What EU policies, objectives or legislation does your project support?
  • Innovation – applies a technique or method not used before (across EU), that offers advantages compared to current best practice 
  • Longevity & sustainability – how will you maintain the results of the project in the medium and long term?
  • Replication & transferability – how can you put the techniques and methods developed or applied in the project into practice elsewhere?