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The LIFE Programme

LIFE is the EC’s financial instrument supporting environment and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. It is the only financial instrument aimed purely at improving the environment and is complementary to the other Community research programmes (such as Horizon 2020), the structural funds (such as ERDF) and other rural development programmes.

The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme, “Living well within the limits of our planet”, and other relevant EU environment, and climate strategies and plans.

The programme is divided into two sub-programmes, 'Environment' and 'Climate Action' and has a budget €3.4 billion for 2014-2020.

LIFE Programme €3,456.7M
(2014-2020)

Sub-programme for Environment
€2,592.5/75%

Sub-programme for Climate Action
€864.2/25%

Nature & Biodiversity
Environment & Resource Efficiency
Environmental Governance & Information
Climate Change Mitigation
Climate Change Adaptation
Climate Governance & Information

 

Environment and Climate Action:

The Environment sub-programme has three priority areas:
The Environment and Resource Efficiency priority area will develop, test and demonstrate approaches, best practices, solutions and integrated approaches to environmental challenges, as well as improving the related knowledge base.
The Nature and Biodiversity priority area will develop, test and demonstrate best practices, solutions and integrated approaches to contribute to the development and implementation of nature and biodiversity policy and legislation, as well as improving the related knowledge base.
The Environmental Governance and Information priority area will promote awareness-raising on environmental matters, support the communication, management and dissemination of environmental information, and promote better environmental governance by broadening stakeholder involvement.

The Climate Action sub-programme has three priority areas:
The Climate Change Mitigation priority area will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, notably by contributing to the implementation and development of related policy and legislation, improving the knowledge base, developing integrated approaches, and developing and demonstrating innovative technologies, systems, methods and instruments.
The Climate Change Adaptation priority area will support efforts to increase resilience to climate change, notably by contributing to the implementation and development of related policy and legislation, improving the knowledge base, developing integrated approaches, and developing and demonstrating innovative technologies, systems, methods and instruments.
The Climate Governance and Information priority area will promote awareness-raising on climate matters, support the communication, management and dissemination of climate information, promote more effective compliance with climate legislation and promote better climate governance by broadening stakeholder involvement.

Help and Support

BetaEurope is a free and confidential support service for the LIFE Programme in the UK, run by Beta Technology, the UK LIFE National Contact Point on behalf of Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Beta Technology's National Contact Point service includes a helpline, pre-screening of proposals for eligibility and fit and advice on administrative and contractual issues. For further information on the support and advice on offer, please click here.

LIFE News

You can also keep up to date with the latest news via our Twitter feed UK LIFE NCP and the LinkedIn Group EU LIFE Community for the UK

28/04/15 - April eBulletin newsletter out

02/04/15 - March - April eBulletin newsletter out

25/02/15 - LIFE Application Writing Workshop, 27th March, London

25/02/15 - Log-Frame Training: 4th & 5th Feb, Peterborough; 11th & 12th March, York

10/02/15 - STOP PRESS 2015 provisional call timetable

29/01/15 - January eBulletin newsletter out

20/11/14 - November eBulletin newsletter out

04/11/14 - 2015 LIFE project concept note template out. Deadline for submitting to Beta - 28th November 2014

23/10/14 - October eBulletin newsletter out

16/10/14 - 2014 call deadline extended to 3pm, 24th October

09/10/14 - LIFE Information Event, 5th & 6th November 2014, London

07/10/14 - Scottish Info Day on EU funding: Glasgow, 20th November