Project Development Assistance for sustainable energy investments


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



Project Development Assistance for sustainable energy investments


Project Development Assistance (PDA) offers technical assistance to public and private project developers to deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy investments of ambition and scale.
Project Development Assistance (PDA) will support project promoters in preparing and launching investment pipelines of sustainable energy projects. The call topic aims to build technical, economic and legal expertise of project promoters needed for the successful project development and implementation.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should demonstrate a clear showcase dimension in delivering replicable solutions for accelerating sustainable energy investments across Europe, as regards:

  • the organisational innovation for the mobilisation of the investment programme such as setting up project development units or establishing efficient procurement procedures for large-scale bundling and pooling of (mixed) assets. The geographical focus can be at district, city or a wider level; and/or
  • financial engineering with a particular focus on leveraging enhanced levels of private investment and improved combination of existing funds. This could include Energy Performance Contracting, financial instruments, blended funds, innovative on-bill and on-tax payment schemes, community-based financing schemes, etc.

Proposals should aim for high ambition levels of energy savings and decarbonisation, such as deep renovation, NZEB standards, positive energy buildings or districts and/or highly energy efficient infrastructure.

Proposals could target sectors including:

  • Buildings
  • Existing residential buildings including large social housing operators.
  • Existing non-residential buildings of public or commercial owners, including defence facilities such as their offices, hospitals and academies.
  • District Heating
  • Decarbonisation and modernisation of existing district heating/cooling networks, including investments related to the expansion of existing systems.
  • Infrastructure
  • Existing public infrastructure such as water/wastewater services or lighting.
  • Businesses
  • Improving energy efficiency of industry and services, including SMEs through, for example, market facilitators that are supporting investment projects.
  • Renewables
  • Building-integrated renewables and other small-scale renewables generation and storage.
  • Renewable energy production, including from energy communities and other citizen-led initiatives.
  • Mobility
  • Clean and energy efficient urban transport infrastructure.
  • Low emission urban mobility solutions including conversion of urban areas for soft mobility or non-motorised transport.
  • Integration of smart recharging infrastructures in buildings, including in multi-family buildings.

Call Total Budget

€7 000 000

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


Expected maximum EU contribution:  €500 000 – €1 500 000

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Industry

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • 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) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or 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.

Proposals for PDA projects can be submitted by public or private project promoters such as public authorities or their groupings, public/private infrastructure operators and bodies, energy agencies, energy service companies, retail chains, large property owners, services or industry.

Proposals may be submitted by a single applicant or by applicants from a single eligible country.

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