Planning to apply for a LIFE grant? Make sure to prepare your project thoroughly!


If you’re working on projects that benefit the climate and environment and contribute to the ambitious European goals in this area, then you could be eligible for a European LIFE programme grant. On 17 May, new calls for LIFE grant proposals were published. Bear in mind that only the best projects will receive a grant – all the more reason to call in the LIFE experts at EGEN for your project!

LIFE promotes climate and environmental innovation

LIFE stands for L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement (the Financial Instrument for the Environment), and is the main European grant programme promoting innovation in the climate and environment field. Unique features of this programme are its thematic bottom-up approach, its flexibility and its relatively high grant amounts and percentages.

There are four LIFE sub-programmes spanning the period 2021-2027:

  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Clean Energy Transition

The first of the sub-programmes focuses on nature conservation and restoration. The other three programmes revolve mainly around facilitating the transition to a sustainable, climate-neutral economy, with a focus on circularity, energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate resilience.

New LIFE calls for proposals

By means of a number of calls for proposals, the EU will be making approximately €5.5 billion available for the period 2021-2027. Companies, knowledge institutions, government organisations and NGOs operating in the EU can obtain attractive grants for demonstration and pilot projects, among other things. LIFE projects are often carried out by partnerships involving multiple European partners.

All of the LIFE calls for proposals for this year were published on 17 May. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for the Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programmes: 4 October 2022
  • Action Grants (AGs) for the Clean Energy Transition sub-programme: 16 November 2022
  • Projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy priorities (PLPs): 7 September 2022
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs): 30 March 2023
  • Technical Assistance for Preparation of SIPs/SNAPs: 8 September 2022

Make your LIFE project a success!

There is strong competition for the budget available through the LIFE programme, and the EU awards grants to only the best applications. It’s therefore very important for you to ‘design’ your project well and justify your choices! EGEN’s LIFE experts are only too happy to assist you in this. We will work with you both to determine how to best align your project with the LIFE objectives and to help you prepare and submit a successful grant application. The deadlines may seem a long way off, but they’ll be there sooner than you think. It’s a good idea to be ready with a final version of the project idea around summer (or earlier), to ensure you can make your submission on time!

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