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Call for Technical Assistance Projects (TA) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'

Updated on 09.12.2022

The Technical Assistance Projects (TA) provide support for the development of capacity for participation in standard action projects, the preparation of strategic nature projects and strategic integrated projects, the preparation for accessing other Union financial instruments or other measures necessary for preparing the upscaling or replication of results from other projects funded by the LIFE programme.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

There are three types of TA calls:
 

  • Preparation of Strategic Nature and Projects (SNAPs) and Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) (TA-PP);
  • Preparation for facilitating the up-scaling and replication of results from other projects funded by the LIFE programme, its predecessor programmes or other EU programmes and for accessing other EU financial instruments (TA-R);
  • Capacity building of Member States authorities with low effective participation to the LIFE programme with a view to improving the National Contact Points services across the EU and to increasing the overall quality of proposals submitted (TA-CAP).


The TA-PP call is relevant for cities and regions that need help with the development of capacity for participation in standard action projects or with the preparation of SIPs (and SNAPs), which in turn can be used by cities and regions to support the implementation of a local Circular Economy Action Plan or a similar strategy/roadmap (if the application is successful).


The TA-R call is relevant for cities and regions in two ways. Firstly, the TA-R can be used if the Circular Systemic Solution (or its specific element) was previously part of a LIFE project or other Union programme, and now requires the up-scaling and/or replication of the results. Secondly, to facilitate the access of the Circular Systemic Solution (or its element) contributing to the LIFE objectives to InvestEU or to other financial instruments. The TA-R supplies dedicated financial support aiming to help the establishment of a pipeline of innovative and sustainable projects. This financial support could take the form of grants for undertaking some preliminary studies or blending in case the grants are accompanied by repayable resources, such as loans, equity financing or budgetary support.


The TA-CAP projects deadline has already passed.

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

Call for Technical Assistance Projects (TA) is divided in three call themes:
 

  • The TA-PP call for the participation to standard action projects and preparation of SNAPs and SIPs;
  • The TA-R call for the preparation and facilitation of the up-scaling and replication of results from other projects funded by the LIFE programme, its predecessor programmes or other Union programmes and for accessing other Union financial instruments; and
  • The TA-CAP call used for capacity building of Member State authorities with low effective participation to the LIFE programme with a view to improve the National Contact Points services across the EU and to increasing the overall quality of proposals submitted.

Amount of funding

The total budget for TA projects is € 33.16 million. Among the three different projects, the allocation is:
 

  • € 3.16 million for TA-PP indicatively;
  • € 9 million for TA-CAP;
  • around € 21 million for TA-R.


For the Circular economy and quality of life subprogramme the budget is € 13.28 million, which is divided between TA-PP, TA-CAP and TA-R calls.


The TA-PP projects have a maximum of € 70 000 budget.

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.

Deadlines

For TA-PP and TA-R the timetables are as follows:
 

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

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

For TA-CAP the timetable is as follows:
 

- In 2022 the timetable for the call is between January and April (closed)
 

The exact deadlines can be found here.

Financing type

Grants & subsidies

Advisory services and technical assistance

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