Donor: European Commission (EC) - LIFE
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: LIFE-2023-PLP-NAT-ENV
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 07.09.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 500.000€
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 2.000.000€
Funding ratio: up to 90%


  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine


1) Objective

The proposed projects under the topic LIFE 2023-PLP-ENV-NAT shall aim to address the following specific needs identified by the Member States in the sub-programme Circular Economy and Quality of LIFE in the sub-programme Nature and Biodiversity.

  • Facilitating knowledge sharing & good implementation practices for implementation of the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free products
  • An EU system to assess management effectiveness of Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas (EU-PAME)
  • Training for a better management of Natura 2000 sites and restoration of nature
  • Overcoming the coordination barriers to implement nature-based water retention options
  • Developing guidance on crop-specific rules for pest management
  • Designing closed loop recycling cycles for tyres for mitigating the impacts of the restriction for the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rubber in-fill materials
  • Validating New Approach Test Methods for replacing animals in testing and science
  • Promoting and monitoring the Safe and Sustainable by Design framework uptake
  • Implementation of the Mediterranean Emission Control Areas for sulphur oxides and to support a similar process starting in the Atlantic

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) registered in an eligible country.

3) Location

LIFE projects shall take place in the territory of the European Union Member States plus Ukraine, Moldova. Projects with activities outside the EU must be necessary to achieve EU environmental and climate objectives and ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried within the EU (e.g. actions aimed at the conservation of migratory birds in wintering areas, actions implemented on a trans boundary river, or projects aimed to address environmental problems that cannot be solved successfully or efficiently unless actions are carried out also in non-EU countries).

4) Budget

Funding rate is 60% and the EU contribution ranges from €500,000-€2,000,000.

5) Application

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible. The deadline is 7 September 2023.

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