LIFE Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) for 2018-2020


The next LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme will run from 2018- 2020 and is due to be published at the start of 2018.The document will set the framework for the management of the new LIFE Programme until 2020. It contains an indicative budget, explaining the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes – the Environment and Climate Action. Snowdonia©NRW

LIFE’s universally-acknowledged success is based on “traditional” LIFE Nature, Biodiversity, Environment and Information projects. These best practice, demonstration, pilot and awareness-raising projects continue, but are now accompanied by a whole new sub-programme for climate action, four new types of projects; Integrated; Technical assistance; Capacity-building; and Preparatory, and two financial instruments: Natural Capital Financing Facility and the Private Financing for Energy Efficiency.



Types of projects covered by LIFE

  • Demonstration - puts into practice, tests and disseminates methods that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project and can be more widely applied.
  • Pilot – aims to evaluate whether targeted new techniques and methods work which offer advantages to current best practice.
  • Best practice – only for ‘Nature’ projects:  state-of-the-art existing techniques for conservation of species/habitats.
  • Integrated projects (IPs) are a new type of project which aims to implement a large territorial scale environmental or climate strategy or action plans. These must promote, when possible, the coordination and mobilisation of other EU Funds and/or national and private funds. Each Member State can only receive three Integrated Projects over the 2014 – 2020 period.


Critical elements of a LIFE Project:

  • EU added-value – demonstrating/developing EU policy or objectives
  • Innovation – applies/tests techniques, approaches not used before (across EU), that offer advantages compared to current best practice and capable of EU replicability
  • Longevity & sustainability - how will you maintain long term benefits of the project?
  • Replication & transferability


Web resources


EC LIFE web pages


Other resources