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EU LIFE – The UK National Contact Point

JNCC is the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for EU LIFE funding, working on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the UK’s Devolved Administrations.

We advise on all aspects of the EU LIFE Programme and help potential applicants in preparing their applications, to maximise chances of obtaining funding. THE EU LIFE Programme is very competitive, but by using the NCP's services the chances of succeeding with a LIFE application are significantly increased:

  • During the 2014–2017 funding period, the UK was the most successful country in the EU in obtaining LIFE funding
  • In the 2018 call, the UK was the second most successful country in the EU at Concept Note Stage

Please see the sections below for more information on the role and how JNCC can help you.

Our Services

Our services include a helpline, pre-screening assessment of draft proposals for eligibility and fit, and advice on administrative and contractual issues.

As the UK LIFE NCP we aim to:

  • Promote the LIFE programme, including providing information on participation and annual funding calls.
  • Provide an advisory service for potential UK LIFE applicants, including information and support on developing proposals and a pre-screening service prior to submission.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of UK LIFE applications.
  • Develop the competence and capacity of prospective UK LIFE applicants, including from the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.
  • Assist with clarifying roles and responsibilities of the beneficiaries in a project, including their respective contractual relationship with the European Commission.
  • Provide guidance on producing sufficiently detailed and realistic cost estimates and advice on meeting financial requirements.


News and Events

For more information on any of the following, please contact the LIFE NCP team.


New funding opportunity: 2020 LIFE Call for NGOs on EU’s Green Deal

The 2020 LIFE Call for NGOs on EU’s Green Deal is now open. All call documents are available. Apply by 31 March 2021.

The European Commission is hosting a virtual information event on 12 January 2021. Please register if you are interested.


2020 Call for proposals

The 2020 Life Call is now closed. 

All the relevant information and guidance is available on the EC website (2020 Call for proposals).


2020 Government Update

The Withdrawal Agreement states that the UK will continue to participate in EU annual budgets up to and including 2020.  This means that the UK will continue to make its contribution and get receipts from EU budget programmes under the normal rules.  All EU projects and programmes, including LIFE, will be financed as foreseen under the current Multiannual Financial Framework (2014–2020 MFF). This includes UK organisations' participation in the 2019 and 2020 LIFE call, even though the timetable for the 2020 call stretches into 2021.

This provides certainty to all beneficiaries of EU programmes, including UK beneficiaries, who will continue to benefit from EU programmes until their closure (i.e. continue to claim receipts for projects funded by the current MFF until programme closure, for many programmes this means funding will continue into 2021 and beyond).

Details on the UK’s continued participation in EU programmes funded by the current EU Multiannual Financial Framework can be found on the website.

Information on the UK’s approach to its Future Relationship with the European Union can be found on the website.


2020 LIFE Call – Timetable

Updates for the on the Conceptual timetable can be found on the EC LIFE webpage for the 2020 call.

  • 2 April 2020: Call open for traditional projects.
  • 14 / 16 July 2020: Deadline for applicants to submit concept notes 
  • October 2020: Notification of applicants if their concept note has been pre-selected: shortlisted applicants are invited to submit full proposals
  • February 2021: Deadline for applicants to submit full project proposals
  • Notification of applicants if their proposal has been selected (TBC)
    The dates of the evaluations will be defined at a later stage, based on this year’s experience.
  • July 2021: Signature of individual grant agreements


Climate Action Pre-screening

The pre-screening for the Climate Action sub-programme applications has now closed.


Webinar Series

Webinar #1: "What's New in the 2020 LIFE Call"

The Webinar on 5 May 2020 summarises the 2020 LIFE Call, which launched on 2 April 2020. It is aimed at those organisations who wish to submit a LIFE application in 2020 and to provide information on the changes that have been made. 


Webinar #2: Environment and resource efficiency

The webinar on the Priority Area 'Environment and resource efficiency' was run on Wednesday 19 May 2020.


Webinar #3: Application writing

This webinar on 2 June 2020 provided guidance on application writing. 


LIFE Climate Action fund – Scottish Enterprise webinar

JNCC gave a presentation on the LIFE Climate Action fund at the Scottish Enterprise webinar. Please note, to view the webinar you will be asked to provide your name and email address.


Terms of Use for UK LIFE Support

While the UK LIFE NCP strives to make advice and information available as timely and accurate as possible, the NCP makes no warranties, claims, promises, representations or guarantees, express or implied as to the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or adequacy of the information provided (or referenced therein), and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the material content. The NCP accepts no liability for the information we provide or its use by third parties, or for the consequences of any actions taken (or not taken) in reliance on the basis of the information provided whatsoever, for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising out of the access, use or inability to use the information provided.


Conflict of Interest

In order to address a possible perception that JNCC, as both a potential beneficiary and having a key role in promoting and advising on EU funding, has an unfair advantage or influence over European Commission decisions on funding awards, we have adopted a robust Conflict of Interest (CoI) policy.

We are committed to dealing with any real or perceived CoI in a prompt and transparent way. We are also committed to adhere to a set of principles including transparency, impartiality, clarity, confidentiality and responsibility whenever we are acting in our different roles and dealing with stakeholders internally and externally. All our advice is underpinned by a robust corporate Evidence Quality Assurance scheme.


Contact us

Monkstone House

Phone: +44 (0)1733 562626
LinkedIn: EU LIFE Community for the UK




Published: .

The Transition Period following the UK’s exit from the European Union ended on 31 December 2020. However, UK organisations are eligible to bid within the 2020 LIFE Call – the deadline for applicants to submit full project proposals is February 2021. UK NGOs are also eligible for the 2020 LIFE Call for NGOs on EU’s Green Deal – submissions are due by 31 March 2021. JNCC will therefore continue to be the UK National Focal Point for EU LIFE funding until the end of March 2021.

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