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Life Call’s

The LIFE Program – which stands for L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environment – is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. A Community financial instrument which was created with the specific objective of contributing to the implementation, updating and development of the European Environment Policies and Strategies through co-financing projects with European added value. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion. The LIFE programme is divided into two sub-programmes, one for environment (representing 75% of the overall budget) and one for climate action (representing 25% of the budget).

The environment sub-programme foresees three priority areas:

  • Environment and resource efficiency
  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Environmental governance and information

The climate action sub-programme foresees three priority areas:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate governance and information

The typology of projects is the following:

Traditional projects under the sub-programme for Environment (LIFE Nature & Biodiversity; LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency; LIFE Environmental Governance & Information) and under the sub-programme for Climate Action (LIFE Climate Change Mitigation; LIFE Climate Change Adaptation; LIFE Climate Governance and Information) are divided:

  • 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.
Integrated Projects combine LIFE funding with other sources of support to maximise their impact over a large area (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national).

Under the sub-programme for Environment these large-scale projects implement environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air.
Under the sub-programme for Climate Action  these large-scale projects implement climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.
Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.

Current: check the universe of possible projects in detail in the Multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program for the period 2018-2020.

Future: start preparing for the 2021 – 2027 period by visiting the proposal for regulation of the multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program.

Past:  Multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program for the period 2014-2017.