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 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

Sub-programme for Environment

Sub-programme for Climate Action

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


The ‘Environment’ strand of the new programme covers three priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity; and environmental governance and information. The ‘Climate Action’ strand covers climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; and climate governance and information.

The programme also consists of a new category of projects, jointly funded integrated projects, which will operate on a large territorial scale. These projects will aim to implement environmental and climate policy and to better integrate such policy aims into other policy areas.


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.



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

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