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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 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

 

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.

 

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

14/08/14 - A8 form request deadline is the 5th September - more information

14/08/14 - Proposal pre-screening deadline is the 5th September. Send draft/full proposal to life@betatechnology.co.uk

01/07/14 - Registration open for the LIFE proposal writing workshop.

23/06/14 - Latest eBulletin newsletter out

23/06/14 - Provisional date for proposal writing workshop: 24th July 2014

18/06/14 - 2014 LIFE call now open.

01/05/14 - The UK gets 11 projects funded from thte 2013 call with a joint project cost of €49.7 million.

01/05/14 - Proposed date for the 2014 LIFE call is announced as the 16th June.

20/03/2014 - New project concept note form out - deadline is the 25th April and email completed forms to life@betatechnology.co.uk

20/03/14 - Multiannual work programme published by the EC.

18/03/14 - Watch the 2014 LIFE+ Info Day via webcast

09/01/14 - The new LIFE Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.