LIFE programme: Call for climate action project proposals open

The European Commission has launched the 2016 call for proposals for climate action projects under LIFE, the EU's funding programme for environment and climate action. The grants support projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and enhancing climate governance and information.
Each year, the call under the LIFE sub-programme for climate action identifies policy priorities in which projects are particularly encouraged. In 2016, the focus is for instance on promoting mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, reduced use of highly warming fluorinated gases, and urban adaptation and mitigation initiativessuch as those linked to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

The 2016 call concerns "action grants" covering the following types of projects:
  • Traditional projects include best practice, demonstration and pilot projects or information, awareness and dissemination projects
  • Integrated projects support the implementation of environmental or climate plans or strategies on a large territorial scale
  • Technical assistance projects help applicants prepare for integrated projects.
The call is open to public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs) registered in the EU. The deadlines for submissions are in September 2016.
The LIFE Multiannual Work Programme 2014-2017 has a total budget of €1 796.3 million. Of this amount, €449.2 million is dedicated to the climate action sub-programme. €63.6 million is available for the 2016 call for proposals.
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