As highlighted by Tomas Michel, WssTP President “applicants need to think in terms of quantified impacts. We would like to see substantial, ambitious and sustainable impacts in terms of environmental but also social and economic benefits.
These impacts need to be credible and clearly supported with background information, preliminary studies and detailed performance indicators. Applicants need to understand that the LIFE programme wants to achieve true innovation which will positively affect the environment and the everyday life of European citizens already during the duration of the project”.
Angelo Salsi, Head of Unit, LIFE &CIP Eco-Innovation, EASME and Solon Mias, Project Advisor, EASME, adds “we are searching for proposals whose positive impact goes beyond the environmental benefits, offering in parallel social and economic benefits, including support to other policies but also jobs creation and financial gains for Europe. It is for this reason that in the 2017 call, we have diverted part of our focus towards innovative Close to Market (C2M) project proposals without reducing in any way the importance of traditional LIFE projects”.
The LIFE 2017 Call for proposals was published in April with an indicative budget of about 373 million Euro. The deadline for the submission of proposals is in September 2017.
As last year, the LIFE programme includes two sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action and its main aim is, of course, to achieve clear and substantial environmental impacts.
LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.
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