Call for Proposals 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Useful information on the Call 2021 (recorded presentations)
A series of Question and Answer sessions on the LIFE 2021 call took place on 8-9 September. See the recordings from day 1, related to general and financial questions, Nature and Biodiversity call and Circular Economy and Quality of Life call) and day 2, related to Climate action call, Operating grants NGOs call and Clean Energy Transition Calls.
Nature and biodiversity
LIFE-2021-SAP-NAT Nature and Biodiversity - Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-SAP-NAT-GOV - Nature Governance – Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-STRAT-NAT-SNAP-two-stage - Strategic Nature Projects (SNAP)
LIFE-2021-TA-PP-NAT-SNAP - Technical Assistance preparation of SNAPs
Circular economy and quality of life
LIFE-2021-SAP-ENV Circular Economy and Quality of Life - Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-SAP-ENV-GOV Environment governance – Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-STRAT-ENV-SIP-two-stage Strategic Integrated Projects - Environment (SIP)
LIFE-2021-TA-PP-ENV-SIP - Technical Assistance preparation of ENV SIPs
Recording of info session
LIFE and the EU environmental policy context – Jean-Claude Merciol, DG ENV
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
LIFE-2021-SAP-CLIMA-CCA - Climate Change Adaptation – Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-SAP-CLIMA-CCM - Climate Change Mitigation – Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-SAP-CLIMA-GOV Climate Governance and Information – Standard Action Projects (SAP)
LIFE-2021-STRAT-two-stage Climate Change - Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP)
LIFE-2021-TA-PP-CLIMA-SIP - Technical Assistance preparation of CLIMA SIPs
Recording of info session
LIFE and the EU climate policy context – Philip Owen, DG CLIMA
Clean energy transition
Operating Grants for non-profit making entities
Please find here the LIFE Regulation and Multi-Annual Work Programme 2021-2024
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.
The LIFE Programme appoints external experts to assist in the evaluation of grant applications, projects and tenders.
If you have skills and experiences in the sustainable energy field and like to evaluate proposals submitted under the LIFE Clean Energy Transition sub-programme, please register in the European Commission’s database of independent experts.
If you have skills and experiences in the fields of nature & biodiversity, circular economy and climate action and like to evaluate in the LIFE sub-programmes Nature and Biodiversity, Circular economy and quality of life, Climate change mitigation and adaptation, please register your interest with the external Framework Contractor.
Potential expert evaluators can register interest for any of the LIFE sub-programmes.