LIFE Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) for 2014-2017


The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 was adopted by a Commission Decision in March 2014, and sets the framework for the management of the new LIFE Programme until 2017. 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. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme for Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme for 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