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LIFE (2014-2020)

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

LIFE 2017: Up to 60% co-financing for close-to-market environment and climate solutions

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03 April 2017 The European Commission will launch a new call for proposals under the LIFE programme on 28 April 2017, with application deadlines in September 2017. Nearly €260 million in funding will be available for environment and climate projects ("traditional projects").

The Commission is particularly interested in close-to-market projects, i.e. projects that:

  • propose a new, demonstrative solution able to bring clear environmental and/or climate benefits, e.g. in the fields of waste management, circular economy, resource efficiency, climate change mitigation, and water; and
  • have a level of technical and business readiness allowing them to implement their solution in close-to-market conditions (i.e. at industrial or commercial scale) during the project duration. 

Interested applicants should consider applying to the traditional projects call for proposals in the following priority areas:

Read more about the co-funding available for close-to-market environment and climate solutions.

Applicants busy designing projects for potential new LIFE funding should highlight the following date in their agendas: 31 May 2017. This is when the European Commission will host an information and networking event on the 2017 LIFE funding opportunities.

LIFE 2017 call for proposals for NGOs and information day

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03 April 2017 The call for proposals for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the fields of environment and climate action is open!

To check the eligibility of your organisation, please read carefully the eligibility criteria.

Any applicant must:

  1. Be a non-profit making legal person;
  2. Be independent, in particular from government, other public authorities, and from political or commercial interests;
  3. Be primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action and have an environmental/climate objective which is aimed at:
    1. the public good,
    2. sustainable development, and
    3. the development, implementation and enforcement of European Union environmental and/or climate policy and legislation;
  4. Be established (legally registered) in one of the European Union Member States.
  5. Be operating at Union level with a structure and activities covering at least three European Union Member States.

For more information, follow this link to download the call, application guide and other useful documents.

An information event for potential applicants will take place on 20 April at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in Brussels. Please register for the event by 13 April.

Indicative planning for the 2017 LIFE Call

09 February 2017 The 2017 LIFE Call is provisionally planned to be published on the 28 April 2017. Please find below an indicative timetable for the call:

Project type Subprogramme/
priority objective
Traditional projects Climate Action ( LIFE Climate Change Mitigation; LIFE Climate Change Adaptation; LIFE Climate Governance and Information) 07-Sep-17
Environment (ENV - Environment and Resource Efficiency) 12-Sep-17
Environment (NAT - Nature and Biodiversity) 14-Sep-17
Environment (GIE - Environmental Governance and Information) 14-Sep-17
Preparatory Projects Environment 20-Sep-17
Integrated Projects first phase Environment; Climate Action 26-Sep-17
Integrated Projects second phase Environment; Climate Action Mid-March 18
Technical Assistance Projects Environment; Climate Action 07-Sep-17


2016 LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps

07 December 2016 LIFE Preparatory projects to support deployment of European Solidarity Corps (sub-programme for Environment) contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide volunteering services for young people across the European Union.

It focuses mainly on conservation of Natura 2000 sites, environmental protection, restoration of natural areas and ecosystems and on capacity building among ongoing LIFE projects.

Deadline for application to the LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps is 07 March 2017 at 16:00 Brussels local time.



2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants under both sub-programmes (for Environment and for Climate Action)- CLOSED

19 May 2016 2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants under both sub-programmes (for Environment and for Climate Action) – was launched on 19 May 2015.

The Commission invites legal persons (entities) registered in the European Union (EU) to present proposals for the 2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants. The call covers proposals for both LIFE sub-programmes.

For the sub-programme for Environment, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects.

For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional projects", Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects.

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).


Remaining national allocations for the Environment sub-programme after the 2014 Call

According to the LIFE Regulation (Art. 9), the Commission shall ensure geographical balance for projects submitted under the sub-programme for Environment, by proportionately distributing funds among all Member States according to indicative national allocations.

The table attached below indicates the remaining national allocations for the Environment sub-programme for the duration of the first multiannual work programme, after taking into account the results of the 2014 selection. Where indicative national allocations are not applicable, projects shall be selected exclusively on the basis of merit.

LIFE Regulation

The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 was published in the Official Journal L 347/185 of 20 December 2013.


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