Life programme

The LIFE 2014-2020 programme is the EU financial instrument to support environmental and climate-related projects.

The programme is divided into two sub-programmes: the “Environment” and “Climate Action”.

The Environment sub-programme also includes three priority action sectors: Environment and efficient use of resources, Biodiversity, and Governance and environmental information.

The Climate Action sub-programme includes three more: Climate change mitigation, Climate change adaptation, and Governance and climate information.

Objectives

The call is intended to fund pilot projects and demonstration projects focusing on development, experimentation, strategies, best practices, and solutions to environmental and climate challenges, as well as information, awareness, and dissemination projects concerning environmental issues and adaptation to climate change.

The call lists numerous objectives, which can be grouped briefly as follows:

  • contribute to the transition to an economy with efficient use of resources, lower carbon emissions, and resilience to climate change;
  • improve the development, implementation, and enforcement of European Union environmental and climate policy and legislation;
  • further support environmental and climate governance at all levels;
  • support the implementation of the Seventh Environmental Action Programme.

Resources

The EU has allocated €3, 456. 655, divided as follows: €2, 592, 491 for the environment sub-programme and €864, 163, 750 for the Climate Action sub-programme.

The maximum contribution for projects in general can cover up to 55% of eligible costs, with the exception of Environment-Nature and Biodiversity projects, for which the contribution can cover up to 60% or, in the case of priority habitats or species, up to 75%.

As regards Nature and Biodiversity projects, at least 25% of a project's budget must be dedicated to practical conservation actions in order for the project to be eligible (the Guidelines specify which costs can be included in this calculation).

Who we cater for?

This beneficiaries of this call, which is aimed at both public Bodies and private commercial and non-commercial organisations (including NGOs) based in the EU.

Any eligible bodies based outside the EU can participate in a project as associated beneficiaries, provided that their presence enhances the project.

The characteristics of LIFE 2014-2020

Proposed projects must be of interest for the European Union and must contribute significantly to achieving the programme's objectives; they must also be technically and financially aligned and cost-effective, as well as sustainable and replicable. Finally, they must be implemented within the European Union or, exceptionally, outside the EU or in specified Countries and territories provided that the proponent is based in the European Union and that implementation of the projects is instrumental to achievement of the Union's environmental objectives.

For LIFE projects, the transnationality requirement is not included: all else being equal, a transnational project will only be given priority if this cooperation is essential to ensure protection of the environment or nature.

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