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Call for Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'

Updated on 09.12.2022

The LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' SIP calls are aimed at supporting the implementation on a regional, multi-regional, national or transnational scale, of environmental or climate strategies, or action plans developed by Member States' authorities and required by specific environmental, climate or relevant energy Union legislation or policy of the Union, while ensuring that stakeholders are involved and promoting coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other Union, national or private funding source.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

Cities and regions can use SIP to implement a variety of strategies and plans, including regional Circular Economy Action Plans (CEAPs), strategies, roadmaps (or similar) and regional waste management plans.
 

An essential part of the circular economy roadmap, strategy or action plan is the inclusion of goals, objectives and actions that target multiple relevant value chain actors and ideally already outline ambitions related to the development and implementation of Circular Systemic Solutions that address local/regional challenges. SIPs can support local and regional authorities with mobilising and coordinating complementary funding, which will fully support the implementation of a local CEAP, develop delivery mechanisms that make it possible to achieve results and create jobs in key policy areas, build capacity and actively involve stakeholders.

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 LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' SIP supports projects that implement roadmaps, strategies or action plans for the following themes:
 

  • circular economy;
  • waste; water;
  • or air.

Amount of funding

The total budget for the SIP call under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' is € 336 million.

Application process

LIFE applications can be single or two stage processes. Most of the proposals relevant for CCRI are two-stage with a 10-page expression of interest and then a full application if selected in the second stage.
 

If 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.

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

Agricultural zones

Brown field zones

Coastal areas

Mountain areas

Islands

Cross-border areas

Forests

Water areas

Districts

e.g. commercial, residential, service, industrial