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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 headings, please contact the LIFE NCP team.


2020 Government Update

The Government is confident that the Brexit deal will be ratified by 31 January and is now stepping down preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.  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).


Will the UK participate in future EU programmes?

The next generation of EU programmes are due to begin in 2021 and are currently under negotiation.

  • Where it is in the UK’s interests, we may seek to participate in some specific EU programmes.


2019 LIFE Call Full Proposals (Stage 2) Deadline

The deadline for submission of Full Proposals (Stage 2) applications for LIFE Environment Sub-programme Strands is 11th February 2020.


Pre-screening service for Full Proposals for Environment projects in the 2019 Call

The 2019 LIFE pre-screening service by JNCC for Full Proposals Deadline closes on 29th January 2020. Updates on the Conceptual timetable can be found on the EC LIFE webpages.


Webinar on What’s New in the LIFE 2019 Call

This Webinar summarised the 2019 LIFE Call, published on 4 April 2019. It highlights what is new in this year's Call, the main project topics and thematic priorities, as well as giving an overview of the application process, including key dates. It is aimed at organisations who are planning to submit a LIFE application for 2019.

What’s new in the 2019 LIFE Call?


2019 LIFE Call Now Launched!

The call for proposals has now been launched for the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes. More details can be found on the European Commission’s LIFE website.

Before submitting a bid, applicants are advised to read the technical notice for LIFE projects published by the UK Government, and note the relevant information on EU Exit.

Whilst proposals are developed at the organisation’s own risk, JNCC continues to offer support and guidance to all applicants, and you can contact us via our helpline or email.


EU Exit Technical Notice

A Technical Notice covering Funding for LIFE Projects in a No Deal Brexit scenario has been produced.

Further information on Funding for EU Programmes is also available.


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.

You can download our CoI policy.


Contact us

Monkstone House

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




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