UK LIFE National Contact Point




At the moment the UK LIFE NCP team is working closely with Defra and the Devolved Administrations to ascertain the implications of the EU Referendum for EU LIFE funding.  In the meantime UK Government has stated:


  • An update on future funding under current EU schemes will be issued by Defra as soon as this is available
  • The United Kingdom is still a member of the EU and will continue to engage with EU business as normal and be engaged in EU decision-making in the usual way.
  • Once Article 50 is invoked, the UK will remain bound by EU law until the withdrawal agreement comes into force.
  • The period between invocation of Article 50 and eventual exit from the EU is a maximum of two years unless all the other Member States agree to extend.


This means that the interim message from the Commission and UK Government is that the UK is still a full member of the European Union with all its rights and obligations, so for the moment and until Article 50 has been invoked it is ‘business as usual’.  The Commission has also confirmed that they are looking forward to UK LIFE submissions in 2016.  However, because there is clearly an increased level of uncertainty into the future, it would be sensible for any 2016 applicants to undertake an internal project risk analysis.  


The Scottish Government is exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.


JNCC are the new UK LIFE National Contact Point (NCP) from  01 January 2016.


Breaking news: the 2016 LIFE Call is now launched! Links to the relevant documents are available at: .For more information please see the News & Events page. For information on our LIFE support services please see the 'What we do' page.


The LIFE programme


LIFE is the EC’s financial instrument supporting environment and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Its overarching objective is to contribute towards implementation and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation.European Tree Frog ©JNCC


The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme, “Living well within the limits of our planet”, and other relevant EU environment, and climate strategies and plans.


LIFE covers the broad width of environmental policy to include: water, floods, marine and coastal management, waste and resource efficiency, soils, forests, chemicals, noise and the urban environment, air pollution, air quality, nature and biodiversity.


The LIFE programme runs 2014 - 2020 and is split into two sub-programmes; Environment and Climate Action, as illustrated in the below schematic.


Life programme 2014 - 2020



Environment & Climate Action


The Environment sub-programme has an indicative UK national allocation of ~ €100m for 2014-2017. There is no allocation from 2018. It covers three priority areas:

  • Nature & Biodiversity projects focus on implementing the Birds and Habitats Directive and EU Biodiversity Strategy;
  • Environment & Resource Efficiency projects focus on trialling, developing and demonstrating approaches and solutions to EU wide environmental challenges; and
  • Environmental Governance & Information projects focus on increasing knowledge and disseminating information.


The Climate sub-programme has no national allocation and covers three priority areas:

  • Climate Adaptation projects focus on increasing resilience to climate change;
  • Climate Mitigation projects focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Climatic Governance & Information focuses on climate related matters.



Help and Support


JNCC is the UK LIFE National Contact Point on behalf of Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Devolved UK Governments. Our services include a helpline, pre-screening of proposals for eligibility and fit, and advice on administrative and contractual issues. For further information on the support and advice on offer, please see the what we do page.