LIFE

LIFE Programme

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:

  1. LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
  2. LIFE Nature and Biodiversity
  3. LIFE Environmental Governance and Information

The sub-programme for climate action covers three priority areas:

  1. LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
  2. LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
  3. 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.

Traditional projects – Environment sub-programme | 14/16 July 2020


General information

Three calls for traditional projects under environment sub-programs were opened the 4th of April 2020 and are focusing on:

i) Nature and biodiversity – The environment sub-programme funds nature conservation projects in particular in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species. It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU’s directives on birds and habitats, the EU’s biodiversity strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network. Projects receive a co-funding of up to 60%. The co-financing rate can be up to 75% if at least half of the total estimated project costs are used for actions to improve the conservation status of priority habitats or species listed in the EU’s birds and habitats directives.

LINK: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-life-call-proposals-traditional-projects-nature-and-biodiversity

ii) Environment and resource efficiency– LIFE co-finances projects in the environmental sector in particular in the areas of air, chemicals, green and circular economy, industrial accidents, marine and coastal management, noise, soil, waste, water, and the urban environment.The programme provides action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches. It also covers the development and demonstration of innovative technologies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU environmental policy and law, as well as best practices and solutions. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration. Projects receive a co-funding of up to 55%.

LINK: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-life-call-proposals-traditional-projects-environment-and-resource-efficiency

iii) Environmental governance and information– The programme supports projects in the areas of awareness raising, environmental training and capacity building, legislative compliance and enforcement, knowledge development and public and stakeholder participation.It co-finances action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects that aim to promote awareness raising on environmental matters. This includes cooperation platforms and knowledge sharing on sustainable environmental solutions and practice. Projects receive a co-funding of up to 55%.

LINK: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-life-call-proposals-traditional-projects-environmental-governance-information

Details on priorities are provided under “Further information” (see below)

Deadline

Deadlines for submitting CONCEPT NOTES are:

– the 16th of July 2020, 16:00 CET, for Nature and biodiversity and Environmental governance and information

– the 14th of July 2020 for Environment and resource efficiency.

FULL proposals: February 2021 for Nature and Biodiversity, Environment and resource efficiency and Environmental governance and information

Project duration

There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. On average projects last for 3–5 years. It is suggested they start after the Grant Agreement signature, expected in June 2020 for these calls.

Financial allocation

The maximum EU co-financing rate for « traditional » LIFE projects is 55% of the total eligible project costs. An exception is made the priority area “Nature and Biodiversity” for which the EU co-funding rate can go up to 60%, or 75% in specific cases. The coordinating beneficiary must bear part of the project costs.

There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets (e.g. small projects €500.000; large projects over €5mil).

LIFE projects shall take place in the territory of the European Union Member States, but LIFE Programme may also finance activities outside the EU and in overseas countries and territories (OCTs), in specific situations.

At least 25% of the total eligible budget of a LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects must concern « concrete conservation » actions.

Partnership

Entities participating in the proposal may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

There is no pre-defined number of associated beneficiaries to be involved in a LIFE proposal. A proposal that is submitted without any participant other than the coordinating beneficiary itself is eligible.

The coordinating beneficiary must show its legal status, confirming legal registration in the EU. In addition to the coordinating beneficiary, a LIFE proposal may also involve one or more associated beneficiaries and/or one or more project co-financiers. The associated beneficiary/ies must always contribute technically and financially to the Proposal. A project co-financier only contributes to the project with financial resources, has no technical responsibilities, and cannot benefit from the EU financial contribution.

Exceptionally an associated beneficiary may be legally registered outside the European Union if the actions outside the EU it is responsible for are (the coordinating beneficiary of the project in any case be based in the EU) necessary to achieve EU environmental objectives and to ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out in the Member State territories to which the Treaties apply.

For private beneficiaries, the Contracting Authority may accept that affiliated entities to a beneficiary participate in a project, as long as all conditions listed in the Model Grant Agreement and its Annex X (Financial and Administrative Guidelines) are fulfilled.

Further information:

Thematic priorities and project topics

i.           Nature and biodiversity – project sectors:

·       Nature (activities for the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives);

·       Biodiversity (activities for the implementation of the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020).

Further details on the priorities and project topics could be find in pp. 23-27 of the “LIFE 2020 Nature and Biodiversity application guide”.

ii.         Environment and resource efficiency – project sectors:

·       Water, including the marine environment;

·       Waste;

·       Resource Efficiency, including soil and forests, and green and circular economy;

·       Environment and Health, including chemicals and noise;

·       Air quality and emissions, including urban environment.

Details on the priorities and project topics could be find in pp. 22-33 of the “LIFE 2020 Environment and Resources Efficiency application guide”.

iii.        Environmental governance and information- project sectors:

·       Information, communication and awareness raising campaigns;

·       Activities in support of effective control process as well as measures to promote compliance.

Details on the priorities and project topics could be find in pp. 22-28 of the “LIFE 2020 GIE Application guide”.


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Traditional projects – Climate action sub-programme | 6 October


General information

Three calls for traditional projects under Climate sub-programs were opened the 2nd of April 2020. The climate action sub-programme supports projects in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, farming, land use, and peatland management.

It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The sub-programme also promotes knowledge sharing and integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at local, regional or national level.

1. Climate change mitigation – The climate action sub-programme supports projects in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, farming, land use, and peatland management.

It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The sub-programme also promotes knowledge sharing and integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at local, regional or national level.

2. Climate change adaptation – The LIFE programme co-finances projects in the areas of resilience to water scarcity, droughts, forest fires or floods, adaptive technologies for economic sectors, and safeguarding natural resources.

It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increased resilience to climate change. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The climate sub-programme also promotes the development and implementation of EU policy on climate change adaptation, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, including ecosystem-based approaches and knowledge sharing;

3. Climate governance and information – The programme funds projects in the areas of awareness raising, training and capacity building, law compliance and enforcement, knowledge development and stakeholder participation. LIFE provides action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects on climate matters. This includes public and stakeholder support for EU policy-making, supporting communication, management and dissemination of information to facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation platforms, promoting and contributing to more effective compliance with and enforcement of EU climate law, providing training and fostering the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches.

LINK: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-life-call-proposals-traditional-projects-climate-action

Deadline

Deadline for submitting FULL PROPOSALS is the 6th of October 2020

Project duration

There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. On average projects last for 2–5 years.

Financial allocation

The maximum EU co-financing rate for « traditional » LIFE projects is 55% of the total eligible project costs. There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets (e.g. small projects €500.000; large projects over €5mil).

LIFE projects shall take place in the territory of the European Union Member States, but LIFE Programme may also finance activities outside the EU and in overseas countries and territories (OCTs), in specific situations.

Partnership

Entities participating in the proposal may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

There is no pre-defined number of associated beneficiaries to be involved in a LIFE proposal. A proposal that is submitted without any participant other than the coordinating beneficiary itself is eligible.

The coordinating beneficiary must show its legal status, confirming legal registration in the EU. In addition to the coordinating beneficiary, a LIFE proposal may also involve one or more associated beneficiaries and/or one or more project co-financiers. The associated beneficiary/ies must always contribute technically and financially to the Proposal. A project co-financier only contributes to the project with financial resources, has no technical responsibilities, and cannot benefit from the EU financial contribution.

Exceptionally an associated beneficiary may be legally registered outside the European Union if the actions outside the EU it is responsible for are (the coordinating beneficiary of the project in any case be based in the EU) necessary to achieve EU environmental objectives and to ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out in the Member State territories to which the Treaties apply.

For private beneficiaries, the Contracting Authority may accept that affiliated entities to a beneficiary participate in a project, as long as all conditions listed in the Model Grant Agreement and its Annex X (Financial and Administrative Guidelines) are fulfilled.

Further information:

Detailed information on thematic priorities and project topics could be found in pp. 25-42 of the “LIFE 2020 Climate Action Application Guide”.

More information here


Integrated Projects (IPs) – Environment and Climate Action sub-programme | 6 October 2020


General information

Integrated projects are strategic projects supporting EU Member States to achieve full implementation of Strategies or Action Plans required by the EU environmental and climate legislation. They are implemented at national or regional scales, involving relevant authorities and very significant budgets from several EU and national sources, lasting for 6-10 years on average.

Under the sub-programme for environment, these large-scale projects implement plans, strategies or roadmaps in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste, and air.
For more information please read this presentation and check examples of ongoing projects in this leaflet and in our project database (choose as strand “Integrated Projects for Environment”).

IPs are designed toimplement certain plans and strategies at a large territorial scale with full engagement of all the concerned stkeholders to aim at mobilizing significant additional sources of funding to further support the implementation of the EU environmental/climate policy framework.

IPs should target the full implementation of the following strategic:

– environmental plans/strategies

–  climate plans/strategies

LINK: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-call-proposals-integrated-projects

Deadline

A two-stage proposal. Deadline for submitting a concept note: 6 October 2020. Deadline for 2nd stage of full proposals March 2021

Project duration

There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. On average projects last for 6 years or more.

Financial allocation

·   Projects receive a co-funding of up to 60%, with an average of €10 million LIFE grant per project.

·   The applicant is required to mobilise at least one complementary fund at the time of full proposal submission.

·   The amount of complementary funds (those going beyond the 40% cofinancing) as well as their likelihood and functional link to the plan shows the project maturity.

·   Complementary funds and actions should target the areas of the plan or strategy that the IP is not able to address

Partnership

Applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

In contrast to other funding programmes LIFE projects are very flexible in terms of how they are set up. You can decide if you want to run a project on your own, or if you prefer to join forces with partners from your own or another country. However, in the case of integrated projects, the applicants should include in the partnership the authority in charge of the implementation of the plan or strategy targeted by the project, preferably as project leader.

If you apply without any partners or are the project leader among several partners, you will be referred to as coordinating beneficiary. Other partners who contribute but do not lead a project are associated beneficiaries. Associated beneficiaries must be responsible for one or more project actions and must contribute financially to the project.

If you are based outside the EU, you can contribute to a project as associated beneficiary by undertaking actions that are necessary for achieving the environmental or climate goals of the EU. UK applicants and beneficiaries remain eligible to receive LIFE funds for the entire duration of grants under the 2014-2020 LIFE programme, including after the end of the transition period. This applies to existing grants, ongoing procedures and calls for proposals published in 2020 even if the grant is signed after 31 December 2020.

Further information:

EASME staff can help participants to develop a good IP proposal & solve doubts by:

·       Provide feedback on the ideas for IPs (all year round)

·       Respond to general questions on IPs (all year round)

·       Respond to specific questions related to IP Application and Evaluation Guides, application forms, concerned provisions of the Multiannual Work Programme (during open calls, typically between April – September and November – February)

·       Facilitate networking with successful running IPs (all year round)

·       Schedule meetings with us in person in Brussels, respond by e-mail, phone or

videoconference

Differencies between the LIFE Traditional Projects and IPs can be found in the following presentation: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/sites/easme-site/files/life_ip_presentation_final.pdf


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Technical Assistance | 16 July 2020


General information

4 calls for proposals for action grants to finance « technical assistance projects » under the LIFE sub-programmes for environment and climate action opened the 9th of April 2020.

Area

Call ID

Scope

Environment LIFE-TA-01-2020 Provides financial support for the preparation of a proposal for an Integrated Project in order to implement a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP), a Waste Management Plan (WMP) or an Air Quality Plan.
Nature LIFE-TA-02-2020 Provides financial support for the preparation of a proposal for an Integrated Project in order to implement a Priority Action Framework (PAF).
Adaptation LIFE-TA-03-2020 Provides financial support for the preparation of a proposal for an Integrated Project in order to implement specific set of strategic climate plans or strategies:

Climate change adaptation IPs: should aim at the implementation of national, regional or local specific adaptation strategy or action plan;

Urban climate change adaptation IPs: should aim at the implementation of urban or community-based action plan pioneering the transition to a climate resilient society.

Mitigation LIFE-TA-04-2020 Provides financial support for the preparation of a proposal for an Integrated Project in order to implement specific set of strategic climate plans or strategies:

Climate change mitigation IPs: national, regional or industry-/sector-specific greenhouse gas mitigation strategy or low carbon economy roadmap.

Urban climate change mitigation IPs: should aim at the implementation of urban or community-based action plan pioneering the transition to a low carbon society.

LINK: The calls information and documents are now accessible under the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/2020-call-proposals-technical-assistance-projects

Deadline

16th of July 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

Project duration

In general, the project duration will be either 7–8 months or 19– 20 months, however should not exceed two years. Extensions will be possible only exceptionally, for duly justified reasons and with our agreement.

Financial allocation

The available total call budget is EUR 1.280.000 and the budget per topic is split as in the the table below. Project budget: No limit; maximum requested EU contribution: EUR 100.000 per proposal. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

Area

Call ID

Topic EU Budget

Environment LIFE-TA-01-2020 400.000
Nature LIFE-TA-02-2020 580.000
Adaptation LIFE-TA-03-2020 130.000
Mitigation LIFE-TA-04-2020 130.000

Partnership

The participants must be:

– legal persons;

– belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities, or international organisation;

– be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with the other applicants (i.e. not acting as an intermediary);

– be established in one of the eligible countries (i.e.: EU Member State – including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or eligible non-EU countries).

As coordinators, only applicants from EU member states are eligible for Technical Assistance projects.

It is expected that the applicant of a Technical Assistance project is the intended applicant of the future Integrated Project.

Natural persons are NOT eligible.

Member State entities which receive financing for a Capacity Building project, which covers at least a part of the period to be covered, by the Technical Assistance project are not eligible. EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium. However, the European Commission Joint Research Centre can participate in a LIFE project only at zero cost.

Further information:

For further details on eligibilities, please consult the call document “ Call for proposals Technical Assistance LIFE-TA-2020”[1].

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-search;freeTextSearchKeyword=;typeCodes=1;statusCodes=-,31094501,31094502;programCode=LIFE;programDivisionCode=null;focusAreaCode=null;crossCuttingPriorityCode=null;callCode=Default;sortQuery=openingDate;orderBy=asc;onlyTenders=false;topicListKey=topicSearchTablePageState


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