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ARCHIVE: LIFE: Complementarity - should my project be funded by another EU programme?

The LIFE Regulation (EC No. 614/2007) indicates that while LIFE+ may complement other Community horizontal financial instruments that target investment in the environment, it will “not finance measures that fall within the eligibility criteria and main scope of, or receive assistance for the same purpose from, other Community financial instruments” (Article 9 of the LIFE+ Regulation).

Applicants are advised to address this issue carefully during proposal preparation and they must justify in their applications why proposed project actions do not fall within the main scope of other Community programmes. Any activities that fall within the eligibility or scope of another EU Programme will not be funded through LIFE+. This may lead to the rejection of an application in its entirety or to a lower level of co-financing than was expected, because some activities in the proposal are deemed ineligible.

Details of other, relevant EU financial instruments are set out below.

Other EU funding programmes

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

FP7 supports research and development activities in the European Union, including those within the ‘Environment (including climate change)’ and ‘Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology’ themes.

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

The CIP aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises. Targeting small and medium sized enterprises, the CIP will support innovation activities (including eco-innovation) through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme. Some activities may also be eligible in the Intelligent Energy Europe Programmme.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The Rural Development Programme aims to safeguard and enhance the rural environment, improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and foster competitive and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities.

European Fisheries Fund (EFF)

The European Fisheries Fund replaced the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) on 1 January 2007 and is designed to secure a sustainable European fishing and aquaculture industry. For advice about applying for funds in the UK.

European Structural and Cohesion Funds

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website provides advice and contacts about accessing EU Structural and Cohesion Funds in the UK. These instruments - the European Regional Development Fund; the European Social Fund; and the Cohesion Fund - support social and economic restructuring across the EU and could link in with environmental topics.

Civil Protection Financial Instrument

This instrument aims at supporting and complementing the efforts of Member States for the protection, primarily of people, but also of the environment and property. Applicants should be aware of the potential overlap with forest fire prevention activities under LIFE+. The LIFE+ Information and Communication component will not fund forest fire prevention actions covered by the Civil Protection Financial Instrument.

The Commission administers this scheme and publishes annual calls for Civil Protection proposals.

Interregional Cooperation Programmes (INTERREG)

INTERREG IVC Programme: aims to promote inter-regional cooperation and has two main priorities: ‘Innovation and knowledge economy’ and ‘Environment and risk prevention’.

INTERREG IVB North Sea Region Programme: aims to expand the scope of territorial cooperation and focus on high quality projects in innovation, the environment, accessibility, and sustainable and competitive communities.

INTERREG IVB for North West Europe Programme: funding priorities include ‘Nature and heritage’ and ‘Water and flood risks’.

Page last modified: 25 September 2009
Page published: 29 June 2009