On April 26, an informative day was held in Madrid on the 2018 Call of the LIFE program, in which the program features and the novelties of the next 2018 call have been presented, since there are substantial changes with respect to the last calls.
The general objective of the LIFE program is to contribute to the sustainable development and achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the relevant strategies and plans of the Union in the field of environment and climate.
The main novelty is that for the 2018-2020 Work Program, from which the call has just been opened, the request for the ENVIRONMENT projects is carried out in two phases. This change has been made in order to simplify the request, and avoid the work of preparing a complete proposal to all applicants.
There is a first phase, in which a “concept note” of 10 pages must be submitted, in which the intention of the project is briefly stated. This document is evaluated, and the adequacy of the proposal to the call is judged. It is invited to present the second phase, the complete proposal, to the most competitive projects within those presented.
Another important update is that “national allocations” are eliminated, which means that LIFE funds will be awarded on the basis of quality criteria regardless of the EU country in which they are based.
Finally, the other important update is that the co-financing percentages for the “traditional” LIFE projects are reduced to 55%, with the applicants having to co-finance a total of 45% of the budget.
The day was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, in collaboration with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.