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The 2022 LIFE Programme call for proposals is now open

2022 LIFE Programme call for proposals

Today, the European Commission has opened the calls for the 2022 edition of LIFE, its only R&D&I funding programme dedicated exclusively to the environment. This launch was announced at the same time as the results of the previous edition, which confirmed Zabala Innovation’s leadership, achieving a 36% success rate in SAP projects. This achievement translated into a return for our clients of around 13 million euros. In the case of SAP-Climate, Zabala Innovation has also managed to finance all the proposals submitted.

This year, the 598 million euros of the LIFE budget will be distributed among four sub-programmes: Nature and biodiversity (242 million euros), Circular economy and quality of life (158 million euros), Climate change mitigation and adaptation (99 million euros) and clean energy transition (98 million euros). Below are details of the calls for proposals.

Standard Action Projects (SAP) – Environment

Two calls, closing date 4 October 2022:

  • Circular Economy, Resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus
  • Environmental Governance

Standard Action Projects (SAP) – Climate

There are three calls under this heading. They close on 4 October 2022:

  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Governance and Information

Strategic Projects (STRAT)

Three calls, closing 30 March 2023:

  • Strategic Nature Projects
  • Integrated Strategic Projects – Environment
  • Integrated Strategic Projects – Climate Action

Clean Energy Transition (CET)

There are 18 calls with a deadline of 16 November 2022:

  • BUILD UP Skills – Strategies and training interventions leading to a decarbonised building stock
  • New eco-design and energy labelling compliance support mechanism for suppliers and retailers
  • Towards a zero emission building stock: Strengthening the enabling framework for deep renovation
  • Integrating sustainable energy investments in the financial sector
  • Making the “Energy Efficiency First” principle more operational.
  • Integration of low-grade renewable energy or waste heat in high-temperature district heating
  • National Financing Roundtables for sustainable energy investments
  • Energy performance and smart building preparation: making the instruments work
  • Supporting the clean energy transition of the business sector
  • Developing support mechanisms for energy communities
  • Accelerating the deployment and affordability of heat pumps through collective purchasing and public procurement actions
  • Integrated housing renovation services
  • Innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy investments
  • Technical support for clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions
  • Towards effective implementation of key sustainable energy legislation
  • Addressing building-related interventions in vulnerable districts
  • Project development assistance for sustainable energy investments
  • Creating enabling structures to accelerate the wave of renovation in the public sector

Technical Assistance for Preparedness (TA-PP)

There are three calls for proposals, with a deadline of 8 September 2022:

  • Technical Assistance for the preparation of ENV SIPs
  • Technical assistance for the preparation of SNAPs
  • Technical assistance for the preparation of CLIMA SIPs

Projects addressing ad hoc legislative and policy priorities (PLP)

Under this heading are three other calls that close on 7 September 2022:

  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Supporting Clean Energy Transition
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