Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants 2016 - sub-programme Environment LIFE+2016-Environment Closed!


LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance supports technological projects that offer significant environmental benefits. This part of LIFE+ also helps projects that improve the implementation of EU environmental legislation, that build the environmental policy knowledge base, and that develop environmental information sources through monitoring.

This call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects.


"Traditional" projects:

  • LIFE Nature & Biodiversity:  will co-finance action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network.
  • LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency: will co-finance action grants for 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, including with respect to the link between the environment and health, and in support of resource efficiency-related policy and legislation, including the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe; and to improve the knowledge base for the development, implementation, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of Union environmental policy and legislation, and for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures and responses that impact on the environment within and outside the Union.
  • LIFE Environmental Governance & Information: will co-finance action grants for 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, including by developing cooperation platforms among stakeholders and training; and to promote and contribute to more effective compliance with and enforcement of Union environmental legislation, in particular by promoting the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches.

Preparatory projects

Preparatory projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.

Integrated projects

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Technical Assistance projects

Technical Assistance projects provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 337,54 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 12 September 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 15 September 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for the Environment

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