Ten tips for succeeding in LIFE

Ten tips for succeeding in LIFE
Following ZABALA’s workshop on the Horizon 2020 LIFE Programme in Brussels last Monday, our specialist on environment projects - Igor Idareta, shares his top ten tips for creating a successful LIFE proposal

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. It has recently launched its 2017 call for proposals with over 373 million euros available for project action grants, underlining its commitment to supporting projects that protect the environment and tackle the impact of climate change. 

To increase your chances of taking part in the LIFE Programme, follow these 10 useful steps proposed by our expert R&I consultant on environment projects - Igor Idareta.

1. FOCUS ON GREEN. Environmental problems are very wide and heterogeneous, so focus on the priorities set in the LIFE Multiannual Workprogramme for 2014-2017.

2. DEMONSTRATE. It is important to prove at a relevant scale, in the real-life conditions, the proposed solution in order to fully validate the concept/technology proposed.

3. MEASURE. Establish a clear baseline description, quantify your objectives, expected impacts and establish an strong monitoring strategy of Key Performance Indicators.

4. LEGISLATION. Consider all the legislative pieces (both environmental and non-environmental) around the problem to be solved, find the their implementation failures and demonstrate practical approaches to overcome them.

5. POLICY. Provide Policy Recommendations taken from the experience of your project, in order to support EU Smart Regulation at all levels (European, national, regional and local).

6. PEOPLE. Don’t mix concepts: Partnership is about the people that works with you in the project, Stakeholders are those one directly affected by the actions of the project and Audience are the those ones you want influence to adopt your solutions.

7. TRANSFER. Your demonstration must be a showcase to be disseminated and promoted throughout the whole of among all Europe, showing how to solve an specific environmental problem, so go beyond dissemination of results and sharing of knowledge and replicate actively your solutions including other sectors, regions or countries.

8. SUSTAINABILITY. Don’t let your results to die at the end of the LIFE project. Long-term sustainability should be built in the proposal and you should fully exploit the potential to use project results beyond the project life time.

9. READ. A lot. Read again. Mark your documents. Read again. Understanding of the call requires good knowledge of to know the LIFE Regulation, the Multiannual Workprogramme, the Application Packages and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), the Guides for evaluation…

10. WORK. An excellent proposal requires a writing style that to keeps contents simple, clear, logical and precise. It will require  And it takes several improvement cycles and… a lot of time!


As extra motivation, keep in mind the increase in the total budget available!

If you would like us to support you in your proposal do not hesitate to contact us at info@zabala.es 

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