LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life' sub-programme
Updated on 03.03.2023
The 'Circular economy and quality of life' sub-programme aims at facilitating 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, either through direct interventions or by supporting the integration of those objectives in other policies.
Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions
The 'Circular economy and quality of life' sub-programme covers themes that are of high interest to cities and regions working on advancing circularity. The funding is available to public authorities that want to tackle challenges that are cross-sectorial and involve multiple value chains, which in turn require implementation of Circular Systemic Solutions (CSSs). More specific information on relevance for CSS depends on a type of project under 'Circular economy and quality of life' (SIP, TA, SAP, OA) and can be found below:
(For 'Support section' on the CCRI website: Here the relevance for CSS for each type of project from rows 6-9 will be presented)
Projects are co-financed in the area of circular economy, including recovery of resources from waste, water, air, noise, soil and chemical management as well as environmental governance. The sub-programme provides mostly action grants for projects implementing innovative and best practice solutions in these areas through the Standard Action Projects (SAP). It also covers the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU environmental policy and law through the Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs).
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).
The 'Circular economy and quality of life' sub-programme has the following priorities:
- circular economy and waste;
- water chemicals;
- new European Bauhaus;
- and environmental governance.
Amount of funding
The total budget is € 697.5 million.
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.
The deadline depends on a specific call. Typical deadline periods are September/October, January and April. The current LIFE programme will run until 2027.
- Call for Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'
- Call for Technical Assistance Projects (TA) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'
- Call for Strategic Action Projects (SAP) under LIFE 'Circular economy and quality of life'
- 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'
Grants & subsidies
large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000
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
Brown field zones
e.g. commercial, residential, service, industrial