The first stage is a concept note, approximately 10 pages long. Applicants that make it through to the second stage of LIFE's Environment sub-programme will then submit their full proposal based on feedback from the LIFE programme. For the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme, the submission procedure remains unchanged. Applicants will submit full proposals from the start.
Stage 1: Concept Note
Applicants will be requested to submit a concept note in English that is approximately 10 pages long. The information that will be requested will notably include:
- Basic information about the coordinating beneficiary
- The environmental problem targeted (for environment and information & governance strands) / description of species, habitats, biodiversity issues targeted by the project (for nature and biodiversity strands)
- Project objectives
- The project partners (information on the coordinating and associated beneficiaries, and co-financers of the project)
- Actions and means
- Expected results and impacts of the project
- The sustainability of project results
- Project risks and constraints
- The EU added value of the project (understood at this stage as the contribution to LIFE priorities and objectives)
- The pilot or demonstration character of the project (and/or best practice for nature and biodiversity strand)
- An indicative budget for the project
All concept notes will be evaluated against two criteria:
- Overall quality of the proposal
- Overall EU added value
They will then be ranked by merit. Applicants with the best ranked concept notes will be invited to stage 2: submission of their full proposal.
For more information on the evaluation criteria please refer to the Multiannual Work Programme. Please note that the evaluation and application guides will be published on the day the call opens.
Stage 2: Full proposal
While there will be small adjustments to the full proposal forms, the information requested will not differ substantially from what has been requested in past calls for LIFE funding. You may wish to consult previous call documents for further guidance on the kind of information to provide. However, please bear in mind that only information published in the Guidelines for Applicants 2018 will be binding. As in past years, it will be possible to submit a full (stage 2) proposal in any official EU language, except Irish or Maltese. We nonetheless encourage applicants to submit their proposal in English.
Advantages for applicants
- The submission of a concept note that is approximately 10 pages long requires less time and fewer resources than a full proposal (in case of the application is unsuccessful)
- Applicants will receive feedback sooner on whether their proposal has a chance to be financed (has been admitted to stage 2)
- Applicants invited to participate in stage 2 will have a higher chance of seeing their projects financed, as the competition will be open only to high ranking concept notes