The LIFE 2014-2020 Programme introduced a new
type of project called ‘Integrated Projects’ (IPs) funded under the
Environment or Climate Action sub-programmes. They are
expected to operate on a large territorial scale and be oriented
towards the full implementation of an environmental and climate
targeted action plan or strategy.
Up to three potential IPs, split across the
Environment or Climate Action strands, per Member State can be
submitted during 2014-2020. Although the third will depend on the
remaining budget being available. It is importance to note that the
IP process does not impact on traditional LIFE bids.
Integrated Project progress in the UK
The Environment Agency recently received
funding for the UK’s first IP on river basin management in North
West England. This was the largest IP awarded in Europe in the 2014
Call. The total project cost is €20m and it will run
over 10 years. More information on this project can be found in the
LIFE project Database.
EU Integrated Projects approved within the 2014 LIFE
Six IPs submitted in the 2014 Call, worth €109
million, have been approved under the Environment sub programme.
These projects could leverage and coordinate over € 1
billion in complementary funding from EU agricultural and regional
funds, as well as national and private funds. The money will
support projects in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Finland, and
the UK. For more information please see the presentations
from the Integrated Project Launch (Jan 2016) on the news & events tab.
Integrated Project criteria
- Integrated projects should implement on a large
territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or
- Needs to aim towards the full implementation of the
targeted environmental plan or strategy
required by specific Union environmental
legislation, developed in accordance to other Union acts or
developed by Member States' authorities.
- Integrated Projects must mobilise funding from at least
one other relevant Union (i.e. rural development funds,
structural funds, INTERREG, EMFF, Horizon 2020), national
or private funding sources for the implementation of the
complementary measures/ actions outside of the Integrated Project
(preference given to EU funding).
- Integrated Projects must ensure that the main
stakeholders are actively involved in the design
and in the delivery phase as Associated Beneficiaries or through
their active participation in the implementation of the project
itself and/or of the complementary actions.
- Integrated Projects should provide examples of how to
replicate and transfer success in other geographical
areas (within the Member State and other Member States)
both during and after the project.