What is the LIFE programme?

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. 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 European added value. 3.4 billion euros are allocated to this programme for the 2014-2020 period.

The LIFE program is structured around two sub-programmes composed of priority areas:

  • Sub-programme “Environment”
      • Environment & resource efficiency;
      • Nature and biodiversity;
      • Environment governance & Information.

  • Sub-programme “Climate Action”
      • Climate Change Mitigation;
      • Climate Change Adaptation;
      • Climate governance & Information.

Who can apply?

LIFE is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in the European Union. Project proposals can either be submitted by a single beneficiary or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary and one or several associated beneficiaries. They can be either national or transnational, but the actions must exclusively take place within the territory of the 28 Member States of the European Union.

What types of projects is LIFE funding?

  • Pilot projects” means projects that apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, and that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations;
  • Demonstration projects” means projects that put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances;
  • Best practice projects” means projects that apply appropriate, cost-effective, state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project;
  • Information, awareness and dissemination projects” means projects aimed at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.

Main features:

  • Average budget: between 1.5 and 2 million EUR
  • Funding rate: 60% of the total direct costs
  • Indirect costs: 7%
  • Average duration: between 2 and 3 years
  • Partnership: Cooperative projects under LIFE programme are not mandatory. However, a bonus is given for transnational partnerships.

Europroject’s services for the LIFE programme

Europroject offers a 3 steps methodology for project setting-up under LIFE programme, enabling maximizing your success chances:

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