The LIFE Programme

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What is the LIFE Programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.


Who can take part in a LIFE project

Beneficiaries of the Programme are public bodies, non-governmental organisations, universities and private companies. The Coordinator Beneficiary must be based in the EU, while co-beneficiaries may also be in non-EU countries subject to conditions.


Priority areas

The LIFE Programme for the 2021-2027 funding period comprises of four sub-programmes with a budget of € 5.4 billion:

Under the Environment field: 

  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life

Under the Climate Action field:

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Clean Energy Transition

In addition to the above categories of standard action projects, LIFE includes strategic nature projects, strategic integrated projects, technical assistance projects, other actions and operating grants.