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LIFE 2014 - 2020

(18-07-14)

The LIFE Regulation on the establishment of the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, which was published on 20 December 2013, sets a budget for the next funding period, 2014 – 2020, of € 3.4 billion in current prices.


The current call “LIFE Action Grants” covers “traditional”, preparatory, integrated, technical assistance and capacity building projects. For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants only for “traditional” projects and capacity building projects. The other types will be covered from 2015 onwards.


Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities; public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations including NGOs) registered in the EU.


The total budget for project action grants for this call is around EUR 283 million. Of this, around EUR 239 million are foreseen for the sub-programme for Environment and around EUR 44 million for the sub-programme for Climate Action. At least 55 % of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported by way of action grants under the sub-programme for Environment shall be dedicated to projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity.


Traditional projects:


“Traditional” projects may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects, depending on the priority area.


Project types:


  • Best practice projects apply appropriate, cost-effective and state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project
  • Demonstration projects put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances.
  • Pilot projects apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations.
  • Information, awareness and dissemination projects aim at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.


Key aspects:


  • LIFE Nature & Biodiversity will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network.
  • LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency will co-finance action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop test and demonstrate innovative technologies for environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
  • LIFE Environmental Governance & Information will co-finance action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the environment, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development and new patterns for sustainable consumption.
  • LIFE Climate Change Mitigation will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • LIFE Climate Change Adaption will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change.
  • LIFE Climate Governance and Information will co-finance action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the climate, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development.


The deadline for traditional projects is the 16 October 2014 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time.


Preparatory projects:

Preparatory projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation. The deadline for preparatory projects is the 29 October 2014 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time.


Integrated projects:

Integrated projects are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental or climate plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental or climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities. Note that this year’s call does not include integrated projects for Climate Action.


The deadline concerning the concept note of Phase I is the 10 October 2014 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time. The deadline concerning the full proposal of Phase II is April 2015.


Technical Assistance projects:

Technical Assistance projects provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.


The deadline for technical assistance projects is the 15 September 2014 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time.


Capacity Building projects:

Capacity building projects provide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points, with a view to enabling Member States to participate more effectively in the LIFE programme.


Projects can be submitted on a rolling basis until 30 September 2015 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time.


For further information please don’t hesitate to contact our specialist for EU projects Mr Javier Calvet-Stoffel, BA (javier.calvetstoffel@m27.eu, +43 1 533 10 90-22).