LIFE

The LIFE programme is the EU’s financial instrument for the environment. The 2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants is now open.

The indicative total budget for project action grants for this call is EUR 338mil, of this, EUR 274mil is foreseen for the sub-programme for Environment and EUR 64mil 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.

Some important novelties have been introduced concerning "Traditional" projects; they are summarised in the first page of the Guidelines and detailed further in the different sections (see thematic priorities and link below).

"Traditional" projects may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects (ie similar to LIFE+ Nature, Biodiversity, Environment and Information projects), depending on the thematic priority area (see below);
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.

Possible support by national authorities: Member States have set up a network of Life National Contacts Points NCPs (see list: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/contact/nationalcontact/index.htm). NCPs may provide support to applicants during the preparation and submission phase For further details, please contact your National Contact Point. Please note that certain NCPs set limit date to be respected in case you wish to access their support services.

Who can apply

Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities) registered in the EU. Applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

Deadlines

Closing date varies by grant type (7 - 15 Sep 2016), please check link below for more details. (This call opened on 19 May 2016.)

Thematic focus

Thematic focus in four "project types":

"Traditional" projects cover the following priority areas:
Under the sub-programme for Environment:
- LIFE Nature & Biodiversity
- LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency
- LIFE Environmental Governance & Information
Under the sub-programme for Climate Action:- LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
- LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
- LIFE Climate Governance and Information

"Preparatory projects":
- Sub-programme for Environment (only): address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation. The specific topics are indicated in the application guide.

"Integrated projects":
- Sub-programme for Environment: projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.
- Sub-programme for Climate Action: projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

"Technical Assistance" projects (both sub-programmes):
Action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects

Weblink

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/life2016/index.htm