• 05 Aug 2021

    LIFE 2021 calls for proposals launched!


    On 13 July, the first calls for the proposals of the new LIFE 2021-2027 programme were launched.  Read below about the Work Programme 2021-2024, recorded webinars and briefs of the first calls.

    The LIFE Regulation and Multi-Annual Work Programme 2021-2024 was adopted on 9 July 2021. The overall indicative amount devoted to grants for the period 2021-2024 is EUR 2.357,27 billion, out of which 97.65% is indicatively assigned to action grants and 2.35% to operating grants.

    As the EU Programme for Environment and Climate Action, it is one of the key contributors to the European Green Deal which aims to:

    • transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use;

    • protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and wellbeing of citizens from environment and climate-related risks and impacts.

     

    The LIFE Programme will contribute to these priorities through its four sub-programmes in particular by:

    • boosting and integrating the implementation of the EU’s policy objectives for halting and reversing loss of wildlife habitats and species across all sectors;

    • supporting the transition to a circular economy and protecting and improving the quality of EU’s natural resources, including air, soil and water among others;

    • supporting implementation of the 2030 energy and climate policy framework, the EU’s climate neutrality objective by 2050, and the new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change;

    • building capacity, stimulating investments and supporting implementation of policies focused on energy efficiency and small-scale renewables.

     

    Sub-programmes and calls

    The LIFE Programme is structured in two fields and four sub-programmes. For the duration of the present MAWP, a budget of EUR 1.801 billion is allocated to the Environment field, a budget of EUR 1.032,5 billion is allocated to the Climate Action field.

    Environment

    Nature and Biodiversity

    An indicative amount of 1.103,5 billion EUR is allocated to the sub-programme Nature and Biodiversity for the period 2021-2024

    Recording of info session
    Presentation
    LIFE and the EU environmental policy context – Jean-Claude Merciol, DG ENV

    Circular Economy and Quality of Life

    An indicative amount of EUR 697,5 million is allocated to the sub-programme Circular Economy and Quality of Life for the period 2021-2024. This amount will be used to finance mainly SAPs, Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and OAs.

    Recording of info session
    Presentation
    LIFE and the EU environmental policy context – Jean-Claude Merciol, DG ENV

    Climate Action

    Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change adaptation

    The indicative budget allocated to the sub-programme Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change adaptation for the period 2021-2024 is EUR 505,5 million. The largest part will be spent on grants, especially, but not exclusively, on (SAPs) and (SIPs).

    Recording of info session
    Presentation
    LIFE and the EU climate policy context – Philip Owen, DG CLIMA

    Clean Energy Transition

    An indicative amount of EUR 527 million is allocated to the sub-programme Clean Energy Transition for the period 2021-2024. A significant part of this budget will be used to finance Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) under OAs grants for the four year period, whereas the possibility to finance SAPs is only foreseen as from 2023.

    For the CET sub-programme, CINEA has recorded the info-session for each of the calls and you can find them all on this link.

    LIFE Questions & Answers Session

    CINEA organises a Question & Answer session for applicants on the recently published LIFE 2021 Call for proposals on Wednesday 8 September 2021 09:00 to Thursday 9 September 2021, 13:00. Please, find more information here.

    Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal

    All the calls are published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal, which also allows you to find partners for your project ideas among the organisations registered in the portal Participant Register.

    An online webinar ‘Funding & Tenders Portal for external users’ that demonstrates the main features of the portal. Can be found here.

    National Contact Points

    Get in touch with your national contact point (NCP) for the LIFE programme. Your NCP can help you with your application, organise information/networking events and proposal writing workshops. They can also support you in communicating and disseminating your project results. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact your NCP.

    If you are managing a LIFE project and have a question/problem related exclusively to IT, please contact the IT help desk (env-clima-life-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu).

    All other questions about LIFE may be addressed to cinea-life-enquiries@ec.europa.eu.