LIFE programme – another funding opportunity for climate change and environment – 2020 call is open!

The new 2020 call is open and the first deadline is 14 July 2020. It is the deadline for the concept note (ca. 10 pages; in H2020 we would call it the first stage proposal) for the LIFE Environment and Resource efficiency sub-programme. For the Environment sub-programme , LIFE introduced the 2 stage submission: concept-note (1st stage) on 14 July and full-proposal in February 2021. For the Climate programme the old one stage procedure remained. Deadline for Climate sub-programme proposals is 6 October 2020.

Overview deadlines for submission in 2020:

  • Environment
    • Nature and Biodiversity : 16 July (concept note)
    • Environment and Resource Efficiency: 14 July (concept note)
    • Environmental Governance and Information : 16 July (concept note)
  • Climate Action
    • Climate Change Mitigation: 6 October (full proposal)
    • Climate Change Adaptation: 6 October (full proposal)
    • Climate Governance and Information : 6 October (full proposal)

All deadlines are at 16:00:00h Brussels time.

Invitations for the full propopsals are expected to be sent in October/November 2020 (if the concept-note is evaluated and ranked high enough) . Deadline for full proposals will then be February 2020 (to be announced)

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On 30 April 2020 there is an online LIFE infoday via videoconference. More info at: , registration closes 25 April!

Below an update of the article of December 2016

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What is LIFE?

LIFE is the acronym for LInstrument Financier pour l’Environnement. Therefore the focus of the programme is environment (and not life sciences).

The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with an European added value.

LIFE usually aims at demonstration and pilot projects. No research.

The LIFE programme started in 1992 and is managed by the European Commission, DG Environment and DG Climate Action. However, the Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). EASME also implements many parts of the Horizon 2020 SC5 work programme.  The European Investment Bank manages the two new financial instruments (NCFF and PF4EE).  Under the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), the European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide loans and investments in funds to support projects which promote the preservation of natural capital, including adaptation to climate change, in the Member States. The main aim of the NCFF is to demonstrate that natural capital projects can generate revenues or save costs, whilst delivering on biodiversity and climate adaptation objectives.  The Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE) aims to increase private financing for investments in energy efficiency enhancing projects. Its objective is therefore to support Member States in making progress in view of the EU’s agreed targets on energy efficiency.

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