What is the LIFE programme?
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. 3.4 billion euros are allocated to this programme for the 2014-2020 period.
What are the priorities of the LIFE programme?
The LIFE program is structured around two sub-programmes composed of priority areas:
- Sub-programme “Environment”
- Environment and rational use of resources: pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions, including development and demonstration of innovative technologies, to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
- Nature and biodiversity: projects contributing to the development and to the implementation of the policy and legislation of the EU in the area of nature and biodiversity, supporting the development, the implementation and the management of the network Natura 2000, projects improving knowledge basics for the development, the implementation, the monitoring and the evaluation of the policy and the legislation of Union’s in nature and biodiversity.
- Governance and information: information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the environment, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development and new patterns for sustainable consumption; to support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the environment, and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful environmental solutions and practice.
- Sub-programme “Action for the climate”
- Attenuation of climate change: best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change mitigation, that improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change mitigation actions and measures; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
- Adaptation to climate change: best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change, to the development and implementation of Union policy on climate change adaptation, by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, that facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans; and that contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
- Governance and information in climate: information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholder support of Union policy-making in the field of the climate, and to promote knowledge on sustainable development; that support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of the climate and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful climate solutions and practice.
What activities can be funded?
Types of projects:
- “pilot projects” means projects that apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, and that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations;
- “demonstration projects” means projects that put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances;
- “best practice projects” means projects that apply appropriate, cost-effective, state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project;
- “information, awareness and dissemination projects” means projects aimed at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.
- Average budget: between 1.5 and 2 million EUR
- Funding rate: 60% of the total direct costs
- Indirect costs: 7%
- Average duration: between 2 and 3 years
- Partnership: Cooperative projects under LIFE programme are not mandatory. However, a bonus is given for transnational partnerships.
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FARBioTY develops a fireproof and ageing resistant flax fibre-based-biocomposite and demonstrates its efficiency and safety in the transport industry.