The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. LIFE contributes to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and laws by co-financing projects with European added value. Since its creation in 1992, LIFE has been through different funding periods.
The LIFE Programme is structured in two sub-programmes: the sub-programme for environment and the sub-programme for climate action.
The sub-programme for environment covers three priority areas:
- LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
- LIFE Nature and Biodiversity
- LIFE Environmental Governance and Information
The sub-programme for climate action covers three priority areas:
- LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
- LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
- LIFE Climate Governance and Information
The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for environment (EUR 2.592.491,250) and 25% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for climate action (EUR 864,163,750). During the 2014-2020 period, the Contracting Authority will launch one call for LIFE project proposals per year. The second LIFE Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) covering the period 2018-2020 foresees a budget of EUR 1.243,81 million for the sub-programme for environment and EUR 413,25 million for the sub-programme for climate action.