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 an 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 means less initial time commitment, with applicants knowing whether they have a strong chance of success before the bulk of the work in preparing a Full Proposal. However, we strongly advise applicants to obtain funding commitments for that part of the budget not financed from the European Commission prior to submission of the Concept Note. We also strongly encourage applicants to contact us in the National Contact Point as early as possible to ensure that multiple similar Concept Notes are not submitted.
|2018 Call Environment Sub programme - Timetable for submission of applications |
|18 April 2018||Launch of Call|
|12 June 2018 ||Deadline for submission of Concept Notes for Environment & Resource Efficiency|
|14 June 2018||Deadline 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 2018||Launch 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?