To find out more you can check the EUROCITIES funding briefs and join the
Covenant of Mayors webinar which will take place on 28 May. National and
European info days are also being organised.
The LIFE programme has launched its 2018 call for project proposals. This year, close to €400 million will be invested in environmental protection and climate action. A streamlined application process has also been introduced to make it easier to access LIFE funds.
Types of projects: Traditional and Integrated
Most LIFE projects are so-called Traditional Projects
that can be coordinated by any legal entity registered in the EU, including public institutions, businesses and non-governmental organisations. Many traditional projects demonstrate best-practices, run pilots, raise public awareness or spread breakthroughs in environmental practices.
Since 2014, the LIFE programme also accepts applications for larger-scale Integrated Projects
, which implement strategic EU plans on the environment and the climate on a large territorial scale. These projects can also have regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scope. Integrated Projects are open to public administrations or other entities large enough to coordinate complementary funding from private, national or other EU sources. Examples of Integrated Projects are available in LIFE’s recent IP factsheet
Simple new application process
As of this year, the LIFE programme has simplified its application process
for traditional projects on Environment and Resource Efficiency, and Nature and Biodiversity. In this new, two-stage application procedure, candidates will outline their idea in a concept note by mid-June. Shortlisted candidates will then submit a full project proposal in autumn 2018. The LIFE programme has introduced this new approach to lighten your workload. This year, applicants for Traditional Projects on climate action
will continue to submit single-stage applications by September 2018.
12 June 2018: concept notes for Environment & Resource Efficiency
14 June 2018: concept notes for Nature & Biodiversity
05 September 2018: concept notes for Integrated Projects
12 September 2018: full proposals for Climate Action
October 2018: full proposals for Environment & Resources Efficiency, Nature & Biodiversity
14 March 2019: full proposals for Integrated Projects
Checklists & guidelines
Applicants for funds will score higher if they address thematic priorities such as removing water pollutants through natural retention areas, developing better ways of sorting and recycling plastics, or measures backing the EU Emissions Trading System. The full list of thematic priorities is available in our Guidelines for Applicants for LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
and Climate Action
Overall, the LIFE programme is also interested in promoting projects whose results are sustainable, transferable and clearly offer EU added value. Our assessment criteria are listed in the evaluation guide contained in LIFE’s application packs for Traditional
and Integrated Projects