Information for applicants

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.

The European Commission launches calls for the Environment and Climate Action Programme LIFE every year. 2017 call for proposals was announced on the 28th of April.

Project application should be submitted in a written form by filling in special Technical application forms in an eProposal system (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/eproposalWeb/).

Application guidelines, which provide all necessary information on application procedures, possible applicants and other new information about LIFE could be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/life.htm

Guidelines for Traditional LIFE projects:

LIFE Climate Action - Guidelines for Applicants 2017 (pdf file) – EN;  

LIFE Environmental Governance and Information - Guidelines for applicants 2017 (pdf file) – EN;

LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency - Guidelines for applicants 2017 (pdf file) – EN;

LIFE Nature and Biodiversity - Guidelines for applicants 2017 (pdf file) – EN;

LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-17 (pdf file);

LIFE Orientation document which helps applicants identify the most suitable potential source of funding for their project proposals (pdf file);

REGULATION (EU) No 1293/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 December 2013 on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 (pdf file);

Model technical application form for LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency (LIFE ENV) (pdf file);

The specific criteria and scoring system reflect the fact that thematic priorities and related project topics were defined for each LIFE Sub-Programme (Environment or Climate) specifically.

Specific criteria and scoring system for projects submitted under the Environment Sub-Programme (2014-2017):

Award Criteria

Minimum pass score*

Maximum score

1. Technical coherence and quality

10

20

2. Financial coherence and quality

10

20

3. EU added value: extent and quality of the contribution to the specific objectives of the priority areas of the LIFE sub-programme for Environment

10

20

4. Contribution to the project topics

-

10

5. EU added value: multipurpose, synergies, and integration

7

15

6. EU added value: replicability and transferability

5

10

7. EU added value: transnational, green procurement, uptake

-

5

Overall (pass) scores

55

100

*A project proposal has to reach at least the minimum pass score for each award criterion AND the sum of scores for criteria for which a minimum score has been fixed has to be equivalent to 55 points or more. 

Specific criteria and scoring system for projects submitted under the LIFE Climate Action Sub-Programme (2014-2017):

Criteria

Minimum pass score*

Maximum score

1. Technical coherence and quality

10

20

2. Financial coherence and quality

10

20

3. EU added value: extent and quality of the contribution to an increased climate resilience and/or to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

7

15

4. EU added value: Extent and quality of the contribution to the specific objectives of the priority areas of the LIFE sub-programme for Climate Action

7

15

5. EU added value: quality of multipurpose, synergies, and integration

7

15

6. EU added value: replicability and transferability

5

10

7. EU added value: transnational, green procurement, uptake

-

5

Overall (pass) scores

55

100

*A project proposal has to reach at least the minimum pass score for each award criterion AND the sum of scores for criteria for which a minimum score has been fixed has to be equivalent to 55 points or more.

Specific criteria and scoring system for projects submitted under the LIFE Integrated projects (2014-2017):

Award criteria

Minimum pass score*

Maximum score

1. Technical coherence and quality

10

20

2. Financial coherence and quality

10

20

3. EU added value: extent and quality of the contribution to the objectives

15

20

4. EU added value: extent and quality of mobilisation of other funds, in particular Union funds

-

10

5. EU added value: quality of multipurpose, synergies and integration

7

15

6. EU added value: replicability and transferability

5

10

7. EU added value: transnational, green procurement, uptake

-

5

Overall (pass) scores

55

100

*A project proposal has to reach at least the minimum pass score for each award criterion and also the sum of scores for criteria for