LIFE: funding for climate and environment actions


LIFE: funding for climate and environment actions

LIFE 2021 Calls for Project Proposal published

The Multiannual Work Program for LIFE 2021-2024 and the calls for project proposal for 2021 have been published. LIFE is a European Union funding program that supports innovative close-to-market projects with a focus on environment and climate. The program is open to both large companies and SMEs, as well as, governments and NGOs and can be applied for individually without budgets typically between EUR 1 and 10 million per project.

Funding intensity

This program includes: (i) a co-financing rate between 60% to 95% maximum and (ii) supports projects typically ranging in size from EUR 1 to 10 million (there is no fixed cap). 

Funding scheme-topics

LIFE 2021-2024 has expanded into four new sub-programs (with their approximate budgets indicated for this period):

  1. Nature and Biodiversity: Supports projects that contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of innovative techniques and methods to promote best practices in relation to nature and biodiversity. In particular, those that help to achieve the objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. In addition, support is given to ‘Strategic Nature Projects’, which are designed to assist and boost the implementation of EU nature and biodiversity policies in areas such as agriculture and rural development.
  2. Circular Economy and Quality of Life: This sub-program aims to support the transition to a sustainable, circular, energy-efficient and climate-resilient economy, a toxic-free environment, and to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment. Specific objectives cover the following topics: circular economy and waste, air, water, soil, noise, chemicals and a new European Bauhaus.
  3. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: It focuses on actions that support the possibility of achieving a climate-neutral and resilient society, implementing the 2030 energy and climate policy framework and meeting the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Specific objectives include the following topics: GHG emissions reduction in the sectors not covered by the EU ETS, including fluorinated GHG and ozone depleting substances, enhancing the functioning of the ETS with impact on energy and GHG intensive industrial production, increasing the generation and use of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement, and the development of land and sea management practices with impact on (removals of) emissions, conservation and enhancement of natural carbon sinks.
  4. Clean Energy Transition: This new sub-program will aim to facilitate the transition toward an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy. Projects funded under this sub-program will support the delivery of EU policies such as the European Green Deal.

Deadline and submission process

The Calls for Project Proposal for the sub-programs ‘Nature and Biodiversity, ‘Circular Economy and Quality of Life’ and ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ are the following:

  • Standard Action Projects (SAP): Projects that pursue the specific objectives of the LIFE program,  single-stage application with a deadline for 30 November 2021, 17h00 CET
  • Strategic Nature Projects (SNAP) and Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP): Projects that support the Union nature and biodiversity objectives. Likewise, projects contributing to the implementation at regional or transnational level of environmental or climate actions. It is a two stage application with deadlines for 19 October 2021, 17h00 CET (Concept note) and 07 April 2022, 17h00 CET (Full proposal)
  • Technical Assistance Projects (TA): Projects that support the development of capacity-building  for participation in SAP, the elaboration of SNP and SIP. It is a single stage application with deadline for 22 September 2021, 17h00 CET

For the sub-program ‘Clean Energy Transition’ the areas of intervention for the Calls of Project Proposal are the following:

  • Building policy framework;
  • Accelerating new markets, services and business models;
  • Attracting financing for sustainable energy;
  • Support of local and regional projects and;
  • Empowering citizens in the clean energy transition.

The Clean Energy Transition knows a single stage procedure with deadline for  12 January 2022, 17h00 CET.

Our support

With major deadlines in October and November, it is time to act now. A good preparation is of utmost importance in order to be successful. Also, our Gi3 team is experienced in preparing and supporting successful applications, from the initial scoping, through proposal drafting, to document submission and follow up with the authorities. Not limited to, we can support you with:

  • Grants strategy;
  • Drafting and submission of applications;
  • Advising on communication with the authorities and;
  • Project management and reporting.

Please contact us for more information (Michelle van Wijk) or in case of any questions. 

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