Environment & Resource Efficiency
According to the Guidelines LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency co-finances action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed with respect to the link between the environment and health. These actions should support resource efficiency-related policy as well as improve the knowledge base for the development, implementation and monitoring of the EU’s environmental policy. This programme focuses on developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions to environmental challenges. Moreover, projects should improve the knowledge base for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures and responses, which impact on the environment.
Legal persons (entities) registered in the EU can apply for the Action Grants. Moreover, applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries:
• Public bodies
• Private commercial organisations
• Private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs)
There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. The project duration must correspond to what is necessary to complete all of the project's actions and to reach all its objectives. Most projects last for 2–5 years.
The overall financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE Programme is € 3.457 Billion, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for environment (€ 2,592,491,250).
The first LIFE Multiannual Work Programme covering the period 2014-2017 foresees a budget of € 1,347.1 Million for the sub-programme for environment.
There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. While large ambitious projects (i.e. over € 5,000,000 total costs) have been financed several times in the past, small projects (i.e. below € 500,000 total costs) have seldom succeeded due to the limited output and consequently the low added value.
When preparing a project budget, applicants should also take into account the indicative national allocations per Member State for projects financed under the sub-programme for environment applicable for the period 2014-2017. A project proposal that requests an EU financial contribution higher than the total indicative national allocation for the applicant's Member State will have a reduced probability of being selected for LIFE co-funding.
For the duration of the first LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017, the maximum EU co-financing rate for "traditional" LIFE projects is 60% of the total eligible project costs.
More information can be found on the website for LIFE Action Grants. Further information related to the priority areas and objectives can be found in the LIFE Regulation. Member States have set up a network of Life National Contacts Points. The National Contacts Points may provide support to applicants during the preparation and submission phase for further details.