Circular Economy, resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus


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

Identifier Code



Circular Economy, resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus


The aim is to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energyefficient/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

Detailed Call Description


  • Recovery of Resources from Waste
  • Circular Economy and the Environment


  • Air quality legislation and the NEC Directive
  • Industrial Emissions Directive


  • Water quality & quantity
  • Marine and coastal water management
  • Water services


  • Implementation of actions to protect the quality of EU’s soil
  • Restoration, protection and improvement of soil health and prevention of soil degradation

NOISE: Substantial reduction of noise inside densely populated urban areas through solutions with high environmental and economic sustainability


  • Prevention and Reduction of the impact on the environment or human health, of hazardous substances
  • Prevention and Reduction of the impact on the environment or human health of chemical production
  • Digital innovations for advanced tools, methods and models, and data analysis capacities to also move away from animal testing.
  • Implementation of safe- and sustainable-by-design solutions, including through the development, commercialisation, deployment and uptake of safe- and sustainable-by-design substances, material and product

A NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS: It is suitable to develop synergies for supporting this initiative under LIFE Circular economy and quality of life and LIFE Nature and Biodiversity, including for showcasing the potential of the Bauhaus initiative in third countries associated to the LIFE Programme.

Further details in the call document p. 12-22.

Please note that the assessment of the extent to which the project is in line with the specific priorities of the call (part of Award criterion 1) will be done exclusively on the basis of the topics identified and described under section ‘Compliance with LIFE programme objectives and call topic’ of the Standard application form. Please also note that a maximum of two sub-topics will be considered (e.g.: air quality improvement and emission reduction of PM…. solutions and sustainable road transport mobility….platforms.).

Call Total Budget

€74 000 000. (Of which EUR 8 000 000 for Bauhaus subtopic). Indicative range of project budgets: €2-10 million.

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


Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Employment
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Industry
  • Land Development
  • Processing
  • Public Administration
  • Regional Development
  • Rural development
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Urban Development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authority clusters
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  •  the coordinator must be established in an eligible country

Financial support to third parties will be accepted in projects which aim to assist entities outside the project partnership (e.g. non-profit organisations, local authorities or citizens groups) in the implementation or development of local initiatives that will contribute to the project’s objectives.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency