LIFE

Contribute to the European climate and environmental goals with your project

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Start date for LIFE applications: 13 July 2021

End date for applications: various (see below at TYPE OF GRANTS)

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Goal LIFE 2021-2027

LIFE stands for L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement, the main European funding programme to stimulate innovation benefitting the environment and the climate. The new LIFE 2021-2027 programme has the following structure:

    Programme Environment:

    • subprogramme Nature and biodiversity
    • subprogramme Circular economy and quality of life

      Programme Climate Action:

      • subprogramme Climate change mitigation and adaptation
      • subprogramme Clean energy transition.

         For whom?

        • Companies
        • Government organisations
        • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
        • Knowledge institutions

        Type of grants

        LIFE projects  contribute to the European climate and environmental goals by means of different types of grants:

        • Technical Assistance Projects (TA): deadline 22 September 2021
        • Operating Grants (OG): deadline 28 September 2021
        • Strategic Nature Projects (SNAP): deadline 19 October 2021 (first stage)
        • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP): deadline 19 October 2021 (first stage)
        • Standard Action Projects (SAP): Circular Economy and Quality of Life; Nature & Biodiversity; deadline 30 November 2021
        • Clean Energy Transition: deadline 12 January 2022
        • Other Action Grants (OAG)

        Subsidy budget €5.43 billion

        The total subsidy budget for 2021-2027 is almost 5.5 billion euros of which the Environment programme will receive around 3.49 billion and the Climate Action programme around 1.94 billion.

        Criteria

        For your LIFE application to be successful, your project must meet the following requirements:

        • One or more participating parties
        • Participants are established in an EU Member State
        • The innovation contributes to solving a natural, environmental or climate problem
        • The project is in line with the EU goals and regulations

        LIFE in brief

        Are you working on projects that benefit the climate and the environment? Then you could qualify for the LIFE subsidy. The programme distinguishes between two subprogrammes: Environment and Climate Action. LIFE is a programme in which many things are possible. For example, a LIFE project can contribute to reducing noise pollution, making more efficient use of raw materials, or promoting biodiversity. Your project must develop the policy further or put it into practice, with a clear justification of the impact.

        LIFE Environment

        The Environment programme focuses on:

        • Environment and resource efficiency: you have a project idea to develop, test or demonstrate an innovation. You might be focusing on a green and circular economy, but it can also be about water, sea, or air and emissions, environment, and health.
        • Nature and biodiversity: you want to protect and improve Natura 2000 areas or other nature in Europe. For this too, you develop, test, or demonstrate solutions to strengthen policy and legislation.
        • Information and Governance: you focus on environmental awareness. You support communication, dissemination of information, encourage enforcement, compliance, and better governance. In addition, you seek the cooperation and involvement of other stakeholders.

        LIFE Climate Action

        The Climate Action programme focuses on:

        • Reducing climate change (mitigation): you know how the emission of greenhouse gases can be reduced. This can be done in various ways, such as through legislation and policy. Or through innovative technologies or methods that you develop and demonstrate.
        • Adapting to climate change (adaptation): in what way can we better prepare for e.g., flooding and drought? You develop or demonstrate innovations in areas such as policy, legislation, technology, or methods.
        • Information and governance: You focus on policy and climate awareness. Think of communication, cooperation, or dissemination of knowledge

        As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

        As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

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