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LIFE - Calls for proposals

Moving forward: the LIFE programme from 2021

This page will be updated with further information after adoption of the LIFE multiannual work programme 2021-2024.

The new LIFE programme will cover the following areas:

A call for project proposals will be published in the coming months. We will make use of the Funding & tender opportunities portal to ensure applicants have a common entry point to most EU grants. 

Provisional timeline for project proposals

  1. Launch of Call
    Launch of Call

    Late spring 2021

  2. Deadline for applications
    Deadline for applications

    Autumn 2021

  3. Evaluation


  4. Signature of grants
    Signature of grants

    Second half of 2022

Please follow this link for the next call for proposals for operating grants for non profit making entities.

An online webinar ‘Funding & Tenders Portal for beginners’ for external users takes place on 27 May to explain and demonstrate the main features of the portal.

An online information session for applicants will take place on 22- 25 June 2021.

More information

Position of the Council at first reading on the LIFE programme

Type of grants

Standard Action Projects (SAP)

Projects, other than strategic integrated projects, strategic nature projects or technical assistance projects, that pursue the specific objectives of the LIFE programme.

Strategic Nature Projects (SNAP)

Projects that support the achievement of Union nature and biodiversity objectives by implementing coherent programmes of action in Member States in order to mainstream those objectives and priorities into other policies and financing instruments, including through coordinated implementation of the prioritised action frameworks adopted pursuant to Directive 92/43/EEC.

Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP)

Projects that implement, on a regional, multi-regional, national or transnational scale, environmental or climate strategies or action plans developed by Member States' authorities and required by specific environmental, climate or relevant energy legislation or policy of the Union, while ensuring that stakeholders are involved and promoting coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other Union, national or private funding source.

Technical Assistance Projects (TA)

Projects that support the development of capacity for participation in standard action projects, the preparation of strategic nature projects and strategic integrated projects, the preparation for accessing other Union financial instruments or other measures necessary for preparing the upscaling or replication of results from other projects funded by the LIFE programme, its predecessor programmes or other Union programmes, with a view to pursuing the LIFE programme objectives set out in Article 3; such projects can also include capacity-building related to the activities of Member States' authorities for effective participation in the LIFE programme.

Other Action Grants (OAG)

Actions needed for the purpose of achieving the general objective of the LIFE programme, including coordination and support actions aimed at capacity-building, at dissemination of information and of knowledge, and at awareness-raising to support the transition to renewable energy and increased energy efficiency.

Operating Grants (OG)

Grants that support the functioning of non-profit making entities which are involved in the development, implementation and enforcement of Union legislation and policy, and which are primarily active in the area of the environment or climate action, including energy transition, in line with the objectives of the LIFE programme.


Project proposals submitted under LIFE calls are evaluated and scored against selection and award criteria.

Support for applicants

Guidance on the application process, evaluation and grant signature, and working as an expert will be available on the Funding & Tender portal.

Please see our dedicated page on Support for Applicants.

Expert evaluators

CINEA appoints external experts to assist in the evaluation of grant applications, projects and tenders.

If you are interested, please register in the European Commission's database of independent experts.