Circular Economy and Quality of Life – Standard Action Projects (SAP)


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

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Circular Economy and Quality of Life – Standard Action Projects (SAP)


The specific objectives of the sub-programme ‘Circular Economy and Quality of Life’ are:

  • to develop, demonstrate and promote innovative techniques, methods and approaches for reaching the objectives of the EU legislation and policy on environment, and to contribute to the knowledge base and, where relevant, to the application of best practices
  • to support the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the EU legislation and policy on environment, including by improving governance at all levels, in particular through enhancing capacities of public and private actors and the involvement of civil society
  • to catalyse the large-scale deployment of successful technical and policyrelated solutions for implementing the EU legislation and policy on environment, by replicating results, integrating related objectives into other policies and into public and private sector practices, mobilising investment and improving access to finance.

This 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.

Detailed Call Description

The aim is 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. The specific objective is to cover one or more of the following topics (the description is further detailed in the sections afterwards):

  1. Circular Economy and Waste
  2. Air
  3. Water
  4. Soil
  5. Noise
  6. Chemicals
  7. A new European Bauhaus

Call Total Budget

€158 millions

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (maximum 60%)

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Chambers
  • Consumer Organisations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Employers
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fishermen, Aquaculturists, Owners of Vessels
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • National Contact Points - NCPs
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Services Providers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment)

Your National Contact Point can help you with:

  • Support during proposal submission
  • Counseling during your project’s lifetime
  • One-to-ne guidance and consultation
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Networking
  • Partner search.

To find out more about the LIFE Programme and the free services your National Contact Point offers, visit

Contact PersonMarilena Papastavrou, Environment Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 926
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