LIFE 2014-2020: Environment Sub-Programme - LIFE Preparatory Projects

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Grant amount: Up to €1,800,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2020 9:00am PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2021 7:00am PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: French Southern Territories; Anguilla; Aruba; Austria; Belgium Show all

Location of residency: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus Show all

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1.1. What is LIFE?

LIFE is the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, for the period from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. The legal basis for LIFE is Regulation 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 20131.

The LIFE Programme is structured in two sub-programmes: the sub-programme for Environment and the sub-programme for Climate Action. The overall financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE Programme is 3,456,655,000 Euro, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme Environment (2,592,491,250 Euro) and 25% of which is allocated to the sub-programme Climate Action.

According to Article 17(4) of the LIFE Regulation, at least 81% of the total budget shall be allocated to projects supported by way of action grants or, where appropriate, financial instruments.

During the period 2014-2020, the Commission will launch one call for LIFE project proposals

per year.

LIFE is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in or, exceptionally, outside the European Union. Project proposals can either be submitted by a single applicant or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary (the applicant) and one or several associated beneficiaries.

1.2. What are LIFE Preparatory projects?

According to the LIFE Regulation, Preparatory projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.

1.3. Scope of LIFE Preparatory projects

Once a year the Commission makes an inventory of specific needs regarding the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation that need to be addressed during the following years and identifies among them the needs that could be addressed by Preparatory projects. Before launching the annual call for proposals, Member States received a draft list of the identified specific needs that could be addressed by preparatory projects and were asked to comment. Based on these comments, the final list was established as described in section 2.1.

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