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EU LIFE Application Process

The LIFE Programme and the priorities which are targeted within each sub-programme and strand are driven by the larger overarching Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP), which runs in tranches over a number of years. On this page you will find information and links to the current MAWP, as well as links to guidance documents and Commission resources which are essential background knowledge prior to and during your application development and submission.

LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP) for 2018–2020

The current LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme runs from 2018–2020. The document sets the framework for the management of the LIFE Programme until 2020. It contains an indicative budget, explaining the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes – Environment and Climate Action. 

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Before you start LIFE – the LIFE cycle

If you’re new to LIFE and would like to find out more, there are comprehensive guidance notes laid out in JNCC’s LIFE Guidance Document, which you can find on our Useful Resources page.

Before beginning, read the LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2018–2020. 

Check the EC LIFE Project Database. It is important that those preparing proposals establish what the Commission has funded previously before they prepare their bid. One of the ways the Evaluators determine whether an approach is innovative is by looking at this database. You also need to make appropriate links to previous projects to show how your work builds on from past projects.

We are always contactable throughout your application development. See the Contact Us information on The UK LIFE National Contact Point page for all our details.

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Concept Note (Stage 1) and Full Proposal (Stage 2)

The deadline for submission of Concept Notes for 2019 is now closed.

Date or Period Activity
17/ 19 June 2019 Deadline for submission of Concept Note to Commission
October 2019 Shortlisted applicants invited to submit full proposal
February 2020 Deadline to submit full proposal
February – June 2020 Evaluation and revision of full proposals
July 2020 Signing of individual grant agreements
1 September 2020 Earliest possible starting date for the 2019 projects

 

We review concept notes throughout the year.  Please download the ‘JNCC eProposal Concept Note Template’ at the top of the Useful Resources page. To support completion of the Concept Note Template we have also produced a Guidance Document which can also be viewed on the Useful Resources page. This contains all the relative dates you need to bear in mind throughout the application cycle.

PLEASE NOTE: The ‘JNCC eProposal concept note template’ has been structured to align with the LIFE programme's concept note, as found in eProposal.  Therefore, it closely aligns to the required format for LIFE Environmental projects submitted within the Call. 

To note, LIFE Climate projects are following the one-stage application process and are NOT required to submit a concept note in the Call.

Completed concept notes should be sent to us via email to enable us to evaluate the eligibility of your proposal.

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