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Thursday 2 April 2020

LIFE programme 2020: applications now open

The European Commission has launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme, the European instrument that supports projects in the field of environmental and climate action.

The programme aims to contribute to the transition to a resource-efficient economy and to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental and climate policy and legislation.

With a total budget of EUR 450 million for 2020, the programme aims to finance projects related to the topics of the two sub-programmes, environment and climate action, thus contributing to the implementation of the European Green Deal.

In addition, in light of the current COVID-19 emergency, the European Commission has announced a number of new measures that simplify the application process and postpone all deadlines by about one month.

Applying for traditional projects with a climate change focus involves submitting a full proposal by October 2020 (postponed). This includes proposals for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects as well as climate governance and information initiatives

For traditional projects that address environmental themes, there is a two-stage application process: candidates first outline their idea in a concept note by July 2020 (postponed). If your concept note is shortlisted, you will then have until February 2021 (postponed) to submit a full project proposal. The two-stage process covers nature conservation and biodiversity, environment and resource efficiency, as well as environmental governance and information projects.

Applications for integrated projects for both sub-programmes also follow a two-stage process.

For more information on the programme and deadlines, and to stay updated on the new measures introduced for the call by the European Commission in connection with the COVID-19 emergency, please visit the programme's official page

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