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Life Programme

The EU LIFE Programme provides funding opportunities for the support of Environment, Nature Conservation and Climate Action projects throughout the EU. Applications are encouraged from public and private organisations seeking co-funding for projects. Large and small companies, government and non-government organisations (NGOs & HEIs) can participate.

How to Apply for Funding

The next opportunity to submit a fresh bid for funding will be the 2019 Call for proposals which is expected to launch in April 2019. With regard to project submission, presently there are two procedures in operation:

For the Environment sub-programme, a new simplified two-stage approach applies:

  • First stage: submission of an 11-page Concept Note in June 2019 (indicative)
  • Second stage: submission of Full Proposal in January 2020 (indicative)

The Climate sub programme currently has a single-stage submission based only on a full proposal with an indicative deadline in September 2019.

The above information is based on the submission and evaluation procedures that applied under the 2018 Call for Proposals. However, the Commission has indicated that the two-stage approach may be extended to the Climate Action sub programme in the 2019 or future LIFE Calls.

LIFE Overview including Financing rates

LIFE has a budget of €3.4 billion for 2014-2020. Every year a call for LIFE project proposals is launched around April. Following competitive selection, awards are made that are typically in the range of one to five million euro for projects with a duration of 3 to 5 years.

The maximum EU co-financing rates for projects are 55 or 75%, depending on the project topic. The Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) 2018-2020 and the previous Call documentation for the 2018 Call are useful sources of information on project topics and policy areas for anyone planning to submit an application under the 2019 or future LIFE Calls. Submitting a LIFE application is a challenging process and early planning is recommended.