Working on a commercial solution to an environmental or climate challenge? You can now download LIFE application packages for traditional projects on the environment and resource efficiency , and climate action . Here are our 8 tips for getting your Close-to-Market proposal approved.

1. Show the impact
Clearly explain how your project will serve the environment. Make sure that its benefits are ambitious, credible and well quantified in the Key Project Level Indicators for environment and climate action projects detailed in your application pack.

2. Think sustainable
To help us assess the technical coherence and quality of your application, tell us how your project’s objective will outlast its funding. How will the products or services that you develop thrive on the open market? LIFE’s close-to-market projects must also produce a Business Plan as part of their compulsory deliverables.

3. Transfer & replicate
Outline how you will help replicate and transfer your results, notably to other sectors, regions or countries, beyond the duration of the project. Clarity will help your proposal meet the award criterion on sustainability, addressing continuation, replication, transfer potential in the evaluation guide for environment and climate action projects.

4. Follow guidelines
Refer to the application guide for environment and climate action projects when detailing the problem you address, the solution you propose, the team you pitch and why your project is worth funding. It spells out the criteria by which your proposal will be evaluated.

5. Pick your team
Describe the staff involved in each action and demonstrate that your partners are capable of taking on the challenges ahead and motivated to overcome them.

6. Plan ahead
Before writing, start budgeting. Make sure that each expense reflects market prices and that it is justified given its impact on sustainability and your business potential.

7. Get writing
Start writing your business plan as soon as possible for the duration of the project and the 12 months following its conclusion. A good business plan will help you and investors grasp your market, competitors, costs and sources of income, offering tangible milestones to follow your progress.

8. Read up
Read through the 2018 application guide, evaluation guide and other resources in the LIFE application package in your application package. For further tips, explore the work of existing LIFE projects, join our LIFE Information and Networking Day online and contact your national contact point with any questions.

All applicants for funding under the LIFE sub-programme for Climate Action must submit their full proposal by September. As of this year, applicants for LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency projects will submit their proposals in two-steps, with a simple concept note expected by 12 June, and full proposals for shortlisted candidates in January 2019.

This year, the LIFE programme is investing over €300 million in cleantech and climate action. Part of those funds are earmarked for bringing green solutions to market. If your business idea is on the brink of technical and commercial maturity, LIFE can help it off the ground. Past projects have notably helped SMEs conduct market studies, build prototypes and ramp up production.

Source: EU LIFE