LIFE - Programme for the Environment and Climate Action

Life program

The overarching goals of the LIFE Programme are to support the development, implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of EU environmental and climate legislation and policies across all sectors. 

Priority sectors 
Environment field 
Sub-programme Nature and Biodiversity 
Sub-programme Circular Economy and Quality of Life 
Climate Action field 
Sub-programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 
Sub-programme Clean Energy Transition  
Types of action 
Innovative and strategic actions 
Standard Action Projects  
Strategic Projects 
Other Actions 
Percentage of co-financing 
Up to 60%, varies depending on the subprogramme/call 
Duration of the project 
Typically, 2-5 years, with a maximum of 10 years 
Average project value  
Typical LIFE project ranges from 1 to 10 million EUR 
Funding areas 
Transitioning to a circular, energy-efficient, and climate-resilient economy, enhancing biodiversity, and sustainable management of water, soil, and air. 
Deadline for submission 
September 2024; varies by project type 
The LIFE programme aims to shift towards a sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy. This includes enhancing environmental quality and reversing biodiversity loss. Supporting the implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network, it contributes to the objectives of the European Green Deal by integrating EU policy objectives across various sectors. 
LIFE encompasses four sub-programmes:  
  • Nature and Biodiversity,  
  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life,  
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and  
  • Clean Energy Transition. 
The four sub-programmes contribute to LIFE`s priorities 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, as well as the Biodiversity Strategy objectives 2030; 
  • 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; 

Who can apply? 

  • Eligible entities include businesses, academic institutions, national, regional, and local governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  
  • Applications can be submitted by a single organization or in consortium with other European partners. 
What can increase the likelihood of success? 
  • The project should demonstrate innovation, potential for scalability, and clear alignment with EU policies. 
  • The project seeks to promote innovative techniques and approaches, catalyze large-scale deployment of successful practices, improve governance, and stimulate investment in sustainable initiatives. 

Key requirements for Applicants at a glance 

Before taking the decision to participate, you should answer all the questions below with a YES.  
  • Is your project aligned with programme goals?  
Projects must directly contribute to the LIFE programme`s goals, such as sustainability, biodiversity, climate adaptation and energy transition. 
  • Is your project innovative? 
Projects should introduce innovative techniques, methods or approaches that can be replicated or scaled up, enhancing best practices and knowledge in the respective fields.  
  • Does your project have clear and measurable objectives? 
Projects need to feature specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives to facilitate clear outcomes and impacts. 
  • Do you have a network of potential stakeholders (partners) to be involved in the project? 
Projects should involve stakeholders, including public and private entities, NGOs, and civil society, and should aim to build capacities for better environmental governance.  
  • Do you have sufficient financial and operational capacity? 
Applicants need to demonstrate sufficient operational and financial capacity to manage and complete the project successfully, including co-financing capabilities where applicable.  

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