Funding Programmes



LIFE is the sole European funding programme that exclusively funds environmental impact and climate action. The programme encompasses 4 sub-programmes:

  1. Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  3. Nature and Biodiversity
  4. Clean Energy Transition

Except for the Clean Energy Transition sub-programme, all other sub-programmes are bottom-up and fund projects that drive environmental impact and are aligned with EU policy.

LIFE has a pluriannual work programme funded by CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) and offers 6 different grant types, the most common of which are Standard Action Projects (SAPs).


LIFE SAPs funds:

  • Development and demonstration of innovative and best practice solutions that drive environmental impact.
  • Single-entity or consortium projects, comprised of any public or private entity type (SMEs, large companies, NGOs, municipalities, etc).
  • Typically funds 60% of costs and has a project duration of up to 10 years.
  • LIFE is also looking for solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.


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For more detailed information and latest updates, see the official programme website.

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