LIFE Programme: Opportunities and Success Story

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The 2023 LIFE calls for proposals are open since April.

A brief overview of the LIFE Programme

Created in 1992, the LIFE Programme, which is open to private and public actors, has funded more than 5,600 projects in areas such as the protection of biodiversity, the improvement of water or air quality, waste management and the energy transition. You can find the projects funded since the beginning of the programme in this database.

If your project is focusing on:

🦋 Nature and Biodiversity

♻️ Circular Economy and Quality of life

🌏 Climate Change mitigation and adaptation

Clean Energy transition

the LIFE Programme may be what you are looking for!

The work programme 2021-2024 is available here. For more information about LIFE, you can watch the recordings of the EULife23 Info Days.

“The general objective of the LIFE Programme shall be to contribute to the shift towards a sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and – resilient economy, in order to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment, including the air, water and soil, and to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and to tackle the degradation of ecosystems […], thereby contributing to sustainable development”

Focus on a LIFE success story: PermaLIFE

The LIFE Programme calls for projects that will have a concrete, ambitious, and measurable impact on the environment. PermaLIFE is coordinated by the Belgian SME PermaFungi, which Euronovia is proud to have supported during its grant application phase. With the LIFE funding, PermaLIFE is launching the large-scale circular production of a myco-material capable of replacing polluting materials in the packaging and insulation sectors. These innovative and environmentally-friendly materials are made from organic urban waste transformed locally by the natural action of mycelium. More information on their webpage.

Current opportunities within the LIFE Programme

The LIFE Call for proposals 2023 were published on 18 April, and calls for Clean energy transition projects were published on 11 May. The deadlines for application are spread across September and one in November 2023 for the clean energy transition.

Type of action Submission deadline
Technical Assistance Replication 27 July 2023
Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs)
  • Concept note: 5 September 2023
  • Full proposal: 5 March 2024
Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for circular economy and quality of life and nature and biodiversity sub-programmes 6 September 2023
LIFE Projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy Priorities (PLP) 7 September 2023
Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG), on invitation only to LIFE FPA signatories  21 September 2023


Stand Action Projects (SAPs) climate change mitigation and adaptation sub-programme  21 September 2023
Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs 7 September  2023
LIFE Action Grants for clean energy transition sub-programme 16 November 2023


For more information about each type of action, you can visit the LIFE Programme page, as well as the Funding and Tender portal.

Is your project fit for the LIFE Programme? Do you need support with your application? Euronovia can help you at every stage of your proposal. To increase your chances of success, do not hesitate to contact us!

And for your research and innovation projects, many calls are also open within the Horizon Europe programme. Check out our list of the September deadlines.