LIFE, THE EUROPEAN INSTRUMENT DEDICATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The LIFE programme is the only European Union financial instrument exclusively dedicated to the environment. Its overall objective for the period 2014-2020 is to contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy on the environment and climate.
On April 2nd the European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission published the LIFE 2020 call with some substantial modifications with respect to other calls due to the health emergency of COVID-19.
Our strength lies in handling the entire grant process, from identification to the application and justification phase. We can take on the management of all or part of a project at the level of both consortium projects and projects for a single applicant.
Projects of the Environment sub-programme. Key dates
Opening of the call for proposals 02 April 2020 // 16 July 2020: sending of concept notes // October 2020: pre-selection of concept notes invited to phase 2 // February 2021: sending of full proposals // June 2021: results // September 2021: start of projects
Climate Action sub-programme projects. Key dates
Opening of the call for proposals 02 April 2020 // 6 October 2020: full proposals sent // February 2021: results // July 2021: start of projects
ORGANISING ENTITY: European Commission
Supports pilot, demonstration, best practice and information projects contributing to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation
The types of projects are:
Pilot projects: a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, that offers potential environmental or climate benefits compared to current best practice and that can be applied on a larger scale to similar situations.
Demonstration projects: to implement, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches which are new or unknown in the specific context of the project (geographical, ecological, socio-economic context) and which could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances.
Best practice projects: apply appropriate, cost-effective and state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches, taking into account the specific context of the project.
Information, awareness and dissemination projects: to support communication, information dissemination and awareness raising in the areas of the environment and climate action sub-programmes
Eligible Countries will be EU Member States
Proposals may be submitted by entities registered in the EU and may belong to three types of beneficiary: 1) public bodies, 2) private commercial organisations and 3) private non-profit organisations (including NGOs).
TYPE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS
The maximum EU co-financing rate for traditional LIFE projects is 55% of total eligible project costs.
Personnel, equipment, materials and consumables, and external collaborations.
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