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EU calls for proposals for this year’s LIFE program of over EUR 450 million

EUR 450 million LIFE Programme call opened

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April 7, 2020

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Public institutions, businesses and non-governmental organizations can qualify their environmental and climate projects and help the implementation of the European Green Deal. The EU is receiving applications for more than EUR 450 million in funds allocated for 2020 under the LIFE program.

The 2019 proposals are currently under evaluation and the 2020 calls for proposals have been opened, the European Commission announced as it launched an annual round of a nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action support scheme for the European Union. The executive arm of the EU said the coronavirus and related lockdowns prompted it to ease the application procedure and extend deadlines for the LIFE program.

The statement highlights a special focus on proposals that may lead to the improvement of the collective ability to avoid or to deal with a similar future crisis. The administration in Brussels stressed the environment and climate have “undoubtedly strong links” with human health.

The environment and climate have undoubtedly strong links with human health, organizers underscored

The public call is open for any public institution, firm and civil society organization registered in the EU. Commissioners said the selected projects would help the implementation of the European Green Deal.

Most LIFE projects are in the so-called traditional category. Many of them show best practices, run pilot programs, raise public awareness or demonstrate breakthroughs in environmental practices, the announcement reveals.

The traditional projects show best practices, run pilot programs, raise public awareness or demonstrate breakthroughs

The EU also accepts integrated projects, which can be international in scope. They cover the bloc’s strategic plans in both the climate action and environment segments.

Project advisors are available for a short discussion. Projects can financially support small, local initiatives. Guidelines include startup companies for the first time and the LIFE team said more changes are under consideration.

Startup companies were introduced into the guidelines and more changes are apparently coming

In the climate change subprogram, full proposals must be submitted by October 6. The traditional ones will cover mitigation, adaptation and climate governance and information initiatives.

The traditional environmental projects are for resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity and governance and information. Authors will send concept notes by mid-July and the successful ones will have until February to submit full proposals.

The procedure for technical assistance in both subprogram ends on July 16. Participants with integrated projects can submit concept notes by October 6 and qualify for the second stage.

The European Commission scheduled a virtual conference for April 30 so that interested entities can obtain necessary information.

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