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European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

LIFE - Support for applicants

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the Funding & tender opportunities portal.

Additional guidance is available on how to submit a proposal using the application tool:  Funding & Tenders Portal for beginners

This video tutorial features the steps to register your organisation and to get prepared for submitting a proposal. 

You find other useful information on the F&T opportunities portal such as an Online Manual guiding you through all steps of the application process.  

Info Days

CINEA published a series of recorded information sessions for applicants on the LIFE – Call for proposals page in July 2021. These sessions will guide you through the new LIFE Programme, the calls for proposals and their priority topics open in 2021.

Two 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.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to submit a proposal under the LIFE Programme, if you are:

  • a public or private legal entity registered in the EU or an overseas country or territory linked to it;
  • a third country associated to the LIFE programme; or
  • a legal entity created under Union law or any international organisation.

Natural persons are not eligible to apply.
Legal entities established in a third country which is not associated to the LIFE Programme may exceptionally eligible to participate where this is necessary for the achievement of the objectives of a given action to ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out in the Union. However, those legal entities shall in principle bear the cost of their participation.


Partner search tools

As a potential LIFE project beneficiary, you may profit from cooperation with partners both inside and outside your country.

Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal

The Funding & tender opportunities portal allows you to find partners for your project ideas among the organisations registered in the portal Participant Register.

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.

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network can help your business find the right international partners to grow and expand abroad.

National contact points

Get in touch with your national contact point (NCP) for the LIFE programme. They can help you with your application and organise information/networking events and proposal writing workshops. They can also support you in communicating and disseminating your project results.

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are related to the calls for proposals submitted under the LIFE programme 2021-2027

The Frequently Asked Questions related to the Clean Energy Transition (CET) Sub-programme are available on the Funding & Tender Portal.