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Call for Preparatory Projects - Projects addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy Priorities (PLP) under 'Other Actions (OA)' in LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'

Updated on 09.12.2022

The LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' PLP-ENV call aims to address specific needs identified by Member States. These specific needs facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient and climate-resilient economy and at protecting, restoring and improving the quality of the environment. 

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' PLP call can be relevant for cities and regions if their Circular Systemic Solution (CSS) aligns with one of the proposed specific projects/themes, which are defined in consultation with Member States on an annual basis. 

For example, in 2022, the themes were as follows: 
 

  • Testing and measuring the feasibility and effectiveness of financial incentives for the take-back of small used/waste EEE and portable batteries in view of setting up a stakeholder platform; 
  • Bringing lifecycle into building policy – Level(s) case studies. 
     

The former project could be relevant for those cities and regions that have a CSS element/component that requires (or is related to) testing, as a primary objective, the feasibility and effectiveness of setting up financial incentives such as reward schemes, deposit refund schemes, the use of postal services and/or systems calculating the residual value of small electronics and portable batteries for subsequent reuse and/or recovery. In particular, the project should have prepared the ground to establish and bring together, potentially in a single platform, all relevant public and private actors. As an additional benefit, this could support cities and regions with engagement of actors in relevant value chains and sectors.

The ‘Bringing lifecycle into building policy – Level(s) case studies’ project could have been of interest to those cities and regions that have a CSS focused or related to built environment, and are seeking funding focused on a building level (newly built, renovation projects, mix of residential building typologies, offices and schools). Specifically, this could have been a relevant opportunity if they are exploring the application of the Level(s) indicators, as this is a core requirement of the project. Level(s) is a framework used to assess and report on the sustainability performance of buildings, consisting of a number of indicators covering energy, carbon, resource efficient and circular material flows, water consumption, health and comfort, resilience to climate change and life cycle costing. 

As the indicative budget for a PLP project is € 1 300 000 million, both projects could be of relevance to cities and regions that have specific elements/components of CSSs that require further exploration and advancement in the above-mentioned domains.

Applicant criteria

Any public or private organisation legally registered in the European Union (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or countries associated to the LIFE Programme (participating countries).

Eligible projects/themes

The themes are subject to change based on an annual consultation with Member States.
 

For example, in 2022, the LIFE ''Circular Economy & quality of life'' PLP call accepted proposals in two call themes. The first call theme was testing and measuring the feasibility and effectiveness of financial incentives for the take-back of small used/waste EEE andportable batteries in view of setting up a stakeholder platform. The second call theme was related to bringing lifecycle thinking into building policy by applying case studies.

Amount of funding

Indicative budget for a PLP project is € 1 300 000 million (based on the 2022 call ‘LIFE projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy priorities (PLP) (LIFE-2022-PLP)’)

Application process

Single stage, a full proposal is requested. A full proposal includes administrative forms and a technical form (Part B). Annexes can be included in a single document of part b of max 10 MB. More details to support applicants are provided following the link.

Deadlines

In 2023 the timetable for the call is between January and April.
 

In 2024 the timetable for the call is between January and April.
 

The exact deadlines can be checked here.

Financing type

Grants & subsidies

Territories involved

Rural areas

<5 000

Cities

large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

Metropolitan areas

large metropolitan area >1.5 million, metropolitan area 1.5 million-500 000

Provinces/counties

Regions

predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region

Country

Inter-regional

EU

Intra-territorial areas

Industrial zones

Districts

e.g. commercial, residential, service, industrial