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News article15 November 2021European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Are you ready to submit your project proposal under LIFE Clean Energy Transition?

Call for proposal - Clean Energy Transition

The deadline of this year's LIFE Clean Energy Transition call is quickly approaching and many applicants are in the middle of putting their proposals together, in order to submit them by 12 January 2022. Find in the article some important tips before submitting.

Projects under LIFE-2021-CET receive 95% funding support and you can submit your project ideas to 18 topics under the Call 2021.

For example, LIFE-2021-CET will fund proposals that support clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions; foster sustainable energy uptake along the whole value chain in industry and services; create the conditions for a global improvement of smart readiness of European buildings; provide Project Development Assistance for project promoters of sustainable energy investments; mainstream sustainable energy finance; address building related interventions for vulnerable districts; and facilitate the large-scale rollout of industrialised deep renovation solutions. Check out all 18 topics!

Here are some important checks for proposers, which can be easily overlooked when rushing after information from partners, calculating budgets and finalising work packages.

          1. When are you planning to submit your proposal?

Remember: the call deadline is unchangeable! Don't submit your proposal at the very last minute. Do it at least two days before the 12 January 2022 (17:00 Brussels time)! Did you spot a mistake after you submitted? You can still overwrite a submitted proposal before the deadline.

          2. Is your proposal complete?

You must complete all sections of the application form! That means the administrative forms and summarised budget (Part A), the technical description of the project (Part B) and the performance indicators (Part C).

There are also mandatory annexes such as the detailed budget table and participant information. Only for topic LIFE-2021-CET-PDA you must also include a table of investments. The annex for letters of support is optional.

Remember: if even only one section is missing, it will make your proposal inadmissible.

          3. Have you found the right number of partners in your proposal?

You have to include at least three applicants from three different eligible countries.

However, there are exceptions to apply with a single applicant from an eligible country for a few topics (BUILDSKILLS, PDA, HOMERENO).
So, always check carefully the Call Document for the eligibility and admissibility conditions!

          4. How many pages does your proposal have?

Check the page limit for your proposal, which is stipulated on page 2 of the application template. For LIFE-2021-CET proposals it is 70 pages. Please pay attention that you must retain all instructions in the template!

Removing the instructions may result in your proposal being considered inadmissible.  

Remember: if you exceed the page limit, any extra pages will be disregarded.

          5. Is your proposal readable, accessible and printable?

Proposals must be written in font ARIAL and the minimum font size allowed is 9 points. Read the guidance on the use of fonts, margins and other page formatting that is included on page 2 of the proposal template.

Please also check out further FAQs on proposal submission under the Call LIFE-2021-CET.

In addition, you can also watch our tutorial on how to write an excellent proposal under LIFE Clean Energy Transition.

Find all information on the LIFE Clean Energy Transition Call for Proposals 2021 on CINEA’s website.

Now you are all set to submit your proposal. We are looking forward to receiving it by 12 January 2022 (17:00 Brussels time)!


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