Life program

LIFE (L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement) is the EU’s financial instrument for supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. LIFE is managed by the DGs Environment and Climate of the European Commission. Depending on the type of project, the EU finances 55-75% of the total budget.

The aim of LIFE is to support projects that fit in with European nature, environment and climate policy. The projects must make a clear contribution to EU policy: they further develop the policy or remove obstacles that hamper the implementation of policy.

Which themes does Life cover?

The programme supports projects in the field of:

  • Nature and biodiversity (including enhancement of Natura 2000 sites);
  • Environment and Resource Efficiency (pilots and demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies);
  • Climate change (adaptation and mitigation).

Who can participate?

Public bodies, knowledge-based institutions, companies and other organizations may submit proposals, provided that they are legal persons (entities) registered in the EU.

Which requirements do projects have to meet?

The projects must:

  • Contribute to EU objectives;
  • Be innovative and distinguish themselves from previous innovations or projectsbe applicable in multiple countries.

The number of partners varies per type of project. A single party may apply, but a project must be transnational and scalable at European level. This is easier to demonstrate if partners from several countries are involved.

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