The European Commission (EC), in order to better implement the Paris Agreement and to drive Europe to a more sustainable scenario, decided to increase the budget of Horizon Europe and the LIFE programme, to support climate, energy and environment actions.
For the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027) the Commission is proposing the largest proportional increase, with a budget of €1.95 billion for the Life program.
The Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."
The program was launched in 1992 and since then it financed 4.500 projects while its popularity and its goals are growing constantly over the years.
For its updated version, you can apply to 6 categories:
- Nature and biodiversity
- Environment & Resource efficiency
- Environmental Governance & Information
- Climate Change Mitigation
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Climate Governance and Information
This year new and simplified application process and rules are available.
Check the deadlines and apply here.
The increased budget for the Life program is aligned with the current tendency of the EC to increase its investment in research and innovation by allocating 97.6 billion euros for the new Horizon Europe (2021-2027).
In this new, long-term planning, the new resources are allocated to implement 3 pillars:
- Open science - supporting researchers through fellowships
- Global challenges - supporting researches in societal challenges and achieving EU goals
- Open innovation - aiming to keep Europe updated in the current market of creating innovations
With the H2020 projects, the European Commission has been investing on research and its results contributed to support the new policies, with the new planning action this mission will be enhanced and it is reasonable that projects’ results would be taken in more and more consideration from the policymakers, thanks to their valuable inputs and data.