2018 marks the beginning of the second phase of the LIFE 2014-20 Programme. Under the LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP) 2018-2020, there will be calls in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the fields of nature, the environment and climate.

For the Environment sub-programme (including nature), the 2018 LIFE Call marks the introduction of a new two-stage application process. This initially involves submission of a 10-page Concept Note. If this is approved, a Full Proposal must be submitted. Writing the Concept Note requires considerably less effort compared to writing a Full Proposal, so this change from previous years will mean less initial time commitment, with applicants knowing whether they have a chance of success before the bulk of the work in preparing a Full Proposal.

Types of projects covered by LIFE

Demonstration – puts into practice, tests and disseminates methods that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project and can be more widely applied
Pilot – aims to evaluate whether targeted new techniques and methods work which offer advantages to current best practice
Best practice – only for ‘Nature’ projects: state-of-the-art existing techniques for conservation of species/habitats
Information awareness and dissemination projects

Critical elements of a LIFE Project:

EU added-value – What EU policies, objectives or legislation does your project support?
Innovation – applies a technique or method not used before (across EU), that offers advantages compared to current best practice
Longevity & sustainability – how will you maintain the results of the project in the medium and long term?
Replication & transferability – how can you put the techniques and methods developed or applied in the project into practice elsewhere?

Source: Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment