The LIFE (the Financial Instrument for the Environment and Climate Action) Regulation, which was published on 20 December 2013, sets a budget for the funding period 2014–2020 of €3.4 billion in current prices.
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.
Since its creation in 1992, LIFE has been through different funding periods. The funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion (follow the link to the current LIFE multiannual work programme 2018-2020).
The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME. The European Investment Bank will manage the two new financial instruments (NCFF and PF4EE).
For further information, please, visit the LIFE Website.
Comparable to H2020 and its follow-up Horizon Europe, the LIFE programme will be continued in 2021.
The main elements of the new LIFE programme (2021-2027) include: continued support for the transition to a circular economy and enhanced climate change mitigation; an increased focus on supporting the clean energy transition; an increased focus on nature and biodiversity; as well as a simple and flexible approach, with focus on developing and implementing innovative ways to respond to environment and climate challenges. (EC Press release)