Since its beginnings in 1992, the LIFE Programme has co-financed more than 5,400 projects with an overall budget of approximately €6,500M. LIFE is dedicated to targeting climate, environmental, and biodiversity challenges in the European Union. Its new edition, LIFE 2021-2027, was officially announced in April 2021 (R EU 2021/783) and has officially launched in July 2021.
The European Commission -through the recently created European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)-, launched the LIFE Programme 2021 Call for proposals with over EUR 580 million available.
As a novelty, the LIFE Programme 2021-2027 is launched for the first time through the Funding and Tender Portal.
The new LIFE Programme structure is divided in 4 subprogrammes:
- Nature and Biodiversity
- Circular Economy and Quality Of Life
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
- Clean Energy Transition
The latter subprogramme, Clean Energy Transition, is a new addition to the traditional ones.
Agri-food, biobased, and circular economy-related solutions and best practices are included in the Circular economy and quality of life subprogramme. Under this subprogramme, innovative or best practices solutions could be described as:
- Innovative practices: new when compared to the state of the art at Member State and sector level and implemented at an operational scale allowing the achievement of ambitious and credible impacts
- Best practices: appropriate, cost-effective, state of the art (at Member State and sector level), and implemented at an operational scale allowing the achievement of ambitious and credible impacts
The submitted solutions could be related to any of the following areas:
- Circular Economy and Waste: Recovery of Resources from Waste; Circular Economy and the Environment.
- Air: air quality legislation and the NEC Directive & Industrial Emissions Directive.
- Water: water quality & quantity; marine & coastal water management; and water service.
- A New European Bauhaus