LIFE is the name of EU’s multiannual programme for Environment and Climate for the period 2014–2020.
The programme has an overall budget of 3.4 billion euro; for the remaining three years (2018-2020) the budget is over 1.6 billion euro. The LIFE programme is structured around two sub-programmes (each with specific thematic priority areas):
LIFE Environment: EUR 1.243.817.750
LIFE ‘Climate Action’: EUR 413.245.250
We will explain briefly the different thematic areas:
Environment & Resource Efficiency aims specifically at contributing to the development and implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation. The programme focusses on thematic priorities for the following five sectors: Water, including the marine environment; Waste; Resource Efficiency, including soil and forests, and green and circular economy; Environment and Health, including chemicals and noise; Air quality and emissions, including urban environment.
Nature & Biodiversity aims specifically at contributing to the development and implementation of EU policy and legislation in the area of nature and biodiversity. The thematic priorities for LIFE Nature projects are activities for the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives, in particular activities aimed at improving the conservation status of habitats and species, including marine habitat and species, and bird species, of Union interest; activities in support of the Natura 2000 network bio-geographical seminars; integrated approaches for the implementation of prioritised action frameworks. The thematic priorities for LIFE Biodiversity projects are activities for the implementation of the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
Environmental Governance & Information focuses among others on information, communication and awareness raising campaigns in line with the priorities of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
Climate Change Mitigation focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Chance Adaptation focuses among others on projects that contribute to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change.
Climate Governance & Information focuses among others on projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters.
The programme is open to the participation of entities registered in the Member States of the European Union being (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs). Also eligible are third countries and LIFE provides for activities outside the EU. It also provides a framework for cooperation with international organizations. The LIFE Programme may fund public and private bodies out of the following countries: EFTA, Candidate Countries, countries to which the European Neighbourhood Policy applies and countries which have become members of the European Environmental Agency, and some Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT).
Collaboration with one or multiple parties is not obligatory. However, in our experience, the participation of one or more international partners significantly increases your application's chance of success. Transnational projects will receive extra points in their evaluation.
LIFE can offer co-financing for so-called ‘traditional’ projects:
In addition, LIFE sometimes finances Integrated Projects, Technical Assistance and Preparatory projects.