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Call for Strategic Action Projects (SAP) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'

Updated on 09.12.2022

The LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' SAP call aims to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy efficient/climate-resilient economy and toward a toxic-free environment as well as to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

Circular economy and waste of LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-ENVIRONMENT is relevant for cities and regions as it focuses on strategic themes, such as waste, water or chemicals, which are relevant for many Circular Systemic Solutions (CSSs). Public authorities (including local and regional authorities) can apply, and the calls favour the inclusion of the entire value chain in proposals. This call is particularly relevant for cities and regions that require support with the implementation of their CSS or its component in the following areas: recovery of resources, especially the implementation of innovative solutions to support value-added recycled material; components; or products. Another area that is highlighted includes the implementation of business and consumption models or solutions to support value chains, particularly the key product value chains set out in the new EU Action Plan for the circular economy, aiming at reducing or preventing resource use and waste. Due to an indicative budget of € 2-10 million per project, the LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-ENVIRONMENT call can be used to fund either a specific element/component of the CSS (<€ 5 million) or the entire CSS (if the required budget is € 5-10 million).

The LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-GOV call is relevant for cities and regions to help develop the governance structures needed for the implementation of a CSS. This includes managing, monitoring, assessing environmental plans, programmes and initiatives by involving responsible authorities, also through institutional collaboration at different territorial level and/or where appropriate in partnership with private entities, with a view to develop synergies, to reduce administrative burden and/or to optimise environmental outcomes.

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 SAP call under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' is divided into two call proposals: LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-ENVIRONMENT; and LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-GOV. LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-ENVIRONMENT covers the following themes: circular economy and waste, air, water, soil, noise, chemicals and a new European Bauhaus. LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-GOV focuses on the following topics: activities in support of public administrations’ decision-making and voluntary approaches; environmental compliance assurance and access to justice; and behavioural change and awareness-raising initiatives.

Amount of funding

LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-ENVIRONMENT (Circular Economy, resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus) has a total budget of € 92 320 656 and € 2-10 million per project.

LIFE-2022-SAP-ENV-GOV (Environmental Governance) has a total budget of € 6 000 000 and € 0.7-2 million per project.

Application process

Single stage, a full proposal is requested. A full proposal includes administrative forms and a technical form (Part B).

Annexes of max. 10 MB can be included in a single document of Part B. More details to support applicants are provided following the link.


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


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



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





Intra-territorial areas

Industrial zones

Agricultural zones

Brown field zones

Coastal areas

Mountain areas


Cross-border areas


Water areas


e.g. commercial, residential, service, industrial