Application writing


It does not hurt to be prepared – we recommend that applicants start as early as possible. A six month run up period is average whilst complex projects can take two years to develop.


Please note a copy of the concept note template can be found on the 'What we do' page on this website. We will review concept notes at any time of year.

Our 2016 Pre Screening deadline is the 27th June, however we encourage the early submission of draft proposals.


Proposal Advice

Please ensure you read the relevant call literature, including the guidelines for applicants; the evaluation guide; FAQ (updated 22 Sept 2015).  These are available on the Commission’s LIFE website. For more hints and tips please see the common pitfalls page.


Supporting documents



Example proposals

Please note that these proposals, provided by Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, WRAP and the Environment Agency, were submitted prior to the current eProposal system, and are not in the current format (please refer to the current revised 2016 Application Guidelines for full details). These examples are intended to be a reference used for illustration purposes only, and should not be seen as a definitive proposal.



UK Case studies


Celtic Seas Partnership - LIFE011 ENV/UK/000392 

The Celtic Seas Partnership is a pioneering, four-year LIFE+ project, bringing together sea-users, scientists and governments to help achieve healthy and sustainable seas. It is being delivered for and by the stakeholders of the Celtic Seas: WWF-UK; SeaWeb Europe; the University of Liverpool; Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly; and NERC-BODC (the Natural Environment Research Council’s British Oceanographic Data Centre), working together in partnership to coordinate and facilitate the project. The project also has an Observer Board and Expert Advisory Group to provide support and guidance. The Project Manager, Jenny Oates is contactable at .

Key lessons learned to date include:

  • The detailed planning stage of the Celtic Seas Partnership proposal, which built upon the outcomes of the successful PISCES project, allowed the application to be created with a clear focus on key deliverables, but with intended flexibility around the required activity to determine the most appropriate approach. This has allowed the project to clarify in practical detail the direction of its progress, with a minimum of disruption to the budget headings and subsequent technical amendments to the project.
  • A similar approach has been adopted in a further application to the 2015 call, with the introduction of preparatory actions that will verify the most suitable case study areas for use in the project. The continued involvement of the same Commission Project Officer who was involved with the PISCES project was also appreciated as a helpful factor, including clear indications of acceptance of formal amendments required for the project.
  • In managing the project, it was found that keeping the process ‘simple’ with a minimum of well-integrated actions and partners involved, assisted effective communications, with clear processes for stakeholder involvement.

Further detailed information about the project, along with more on the ‘key lessons’ .


WaterLIFE - Healthy Rivers for People and Nature - LIFE13 ENV/UK/000497

WaterLIFE is an Environmental Governance and Information project being delivered by WWF-UK, The Rivers Trust and Westcountry Rivers Trust, and this case study summary is intended to highlight key issues that may have relevance to others considering participation in the LIFE Programme. The Project Manager, Simon Aguss is contactable at

Key lessons to date include:

  • It is important to establish positive and effective working relationships between the partners as quickly as possible.
  • Developing communication tools quickly will help with project visibility and dissemination (i.e. brand, website, leaflet, templates).
  • Ensuring buy-in from all partners with regards to monitoring & evaluation responsibilities will help with communications, dissemination and effective project delivery.

Further detailed information about the project, along with more on the ‘key lessons’.


For a full list of projects funded by LIFE – please see the EC LIFE project database.