Life+ Programme Call for European Projects
Call for European Projects in the framework of the Life+ Programme
The call for proposals 2011/C 62/07 for European projects in the framework of the Life+ Programme was published as 2011 European Financial Instrument for the Environment.
The Objective of the Call for European projects in the framework of the Life+ Programme is to disseminate information and raise awareness on environmental issues, including forest fire prevention; and to provide support for accompanying measures, such as information, communication actions and campaigns, conferences and training, including training on forest fire prevention.
The Life+ Programme Nature and Biodiversity area supports European projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU\'s Birds and Habitats Directives, and that contribute to the EU\'s goal of halting the loss of biodiverity. The Life+ Programme ‘s maximum co-financing rate can be 75 percent of the total cost of the European projects, but is normally 50 percent.
The Life+ Programme Environment Policy and Governance area supports technological European projects that offer significant environmental benefits, for example process or efficiency improvements. This part of LIFE+ also supports European projects that improve the implementation of EU environmental legislation, that build the environmental policy knowledge base, and that develop environmental information sources through monitoring (including forest monitoring). The Life+ Programme ‘s maximum co-financing rate can be up to 50 percent of the total cost of the European projects.
The Life+ Programme Information and Communication area co-finances European projects that spread information about environmental issues, such as climate change and conservation. This strand of LIFE+ can also support forest fire prevention awareness and training campaigns.
The overall budget for European projects under LIFE+ in 2011 is 267 million euro. At least 50 % of this amount shall be allocated to measures to support European projects for the conservation of nature and biodiversity.
The final deadline for the sending of the European projects proposals submitted within the Life+ Programme to the relevant national authority is the 18 July 2011. Final announcement of the European projects chosen for funding is expected in October 2011.
The European Commission has scheduled Information sessions in each EU member state, in the national language, for potential Life+ Programme applicants. The sessions will provide valuable advice and guidance on what national authorities and the Commission expect from the European projects proposals to be submitted within the Life+ Programme. Potential applicants are advised to attend one of these workshops.
For more information on the Call for European projects in the framework of the Life+ Programme please check the European Commission’sweb site http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/lifeplus2011/call/index.htm#pkg.