Nature & Biodiversity and Circular Economy & Quality of Life


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



Nature & Biodiversity and Circular Economy & Quality of Life


The proposed projects shall aim to address the following specific needs identified by the Member States in the sub-programme Circular Economy and Quality of LIFE in the sub-programme Nature and Biodiversity.

Detailed Call Description

Nature and Biodiversity

  1. Facilitating knowledge sharing & good implementation practices for implementation of the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free products
  2. An EU system to assess management effectiveness of Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas (EU-PAME)
  3. Training for a better management of Natura 2000 sites and restoration of nature
  4. Overcoming the coordination barriers to implement nature-based water retention options
  5. Developing guidance on crop-specific rules for pest management

Circular Economy and Quality of Life

  1. Designing closed loop recycling cycles for tyres for mitigating the impacts of the restriction for the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rubber in-fill materials
  2. Validating New Approach Test Methods for replacing animals in testing and science
  3. Promoting and monitoring the Safe and Sustainable by Design framework uptake
  4. Implementation of the Mediterranean Emission Control Areas for sulphur oxides and to support a similar process starting in the Atlantic

Call Total Budget

€10 100 000

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


Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • New Entrepreneurship
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Urban Development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

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 (associated countries) 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

Consortium composition – please see section 2 above for additional conditions.

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