As highlighted by Tomas Michel, WssTP President “applicants need to think in terms of quantified impacts.We would like to see substantial, ambitious and sustainable impacts in terms of environmental but also social and economic benefits.
These impacts need to be credible and clearly supported with background information, preliminary studies and detailed performance indicators. Applicants need to understand that the LIFE programme wants to achieve true innovation which will positively affect the environment and the everyday life of European citizens already during the duration of the project”.
Angelo Salsi, Head of Unit, LIFE &CIP Eco-Innovation, EASME and Solon Mias, Project Advisor, EASME, adds “we are searching for proposals whose positive impact goes beyond the environmental benefits, offering in parallel social and economic benefits, including support to other policies but also jobs creation and financial gains for Europe. It is for this reason that in the 2017 call, we have diverted part of our focus towards innovative Close to Market (C2M) project proposals without reducing in any way the importance of traditional LIFE projects”.
The LIFE 2017 Call for proposals was published in April with an indicative budget of about 373 million Euro. The deadline for the submission of proposals is in September 2017.
As last year, the LIFE programme includes two sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action and its main aim is, of course, to achieve clear and substantial environmental impacts.
LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.
Main specificities of the LIFE projects:
Traditional Projects meaning:
- “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.
Eligible entities: A proposal may be submitted by any legal person registered in the European Union. Entities participating in the proposal may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).
Suggested requested contribution: There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. While large ambitious projects (i.e. over 5,000,000 Euro total costs) have been financed several times in the past, small projects (i.e. below 500,000 Euro total costs) have seldom succeeded due to the limited output and consequently the low added value.
Eligible area: LIFE projects shall take place in the territory of the European Union Member States. The LIFE Programme may also finance activities outside the EU and in overseas countries and territories (OCTs), provided that the coordinating beneficiary is based in the EU and strong evidence is provided that the activities to be carried out outside the EU are necessary to achieve EU environmental objectives and to ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out in the Member State territories to which the Treaties apply (e.g. actions aimed at the conservation of migratory birds in wintering areas or actions implemented on a trans boundary river).