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LIFE – Circular Economy, resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus – 2021

To facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy efficient/climate-resilient economy and toward a toxic-free environment as well as to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment

95.4 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Health
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

The list of participating countries is available here. 

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To cover one or more of the following topics :
    1. Circular Economy and Waste
    2. Air
    3. Water
    4. Soil
    5. Noise
    6. Chemicals
    7. A new European Bauhaus

Among financed actions:

  • Implementation of innovative solutions to support value-added recycled materials, components or products for the following areas;
  • Implementation of innovative solutions for the identification, tracking, separation, prevention and decontamination of waste containing hazardous substances;
  • Implementation of business and consumption models or solutions to support value chains, particularly the key product value chains set out in the new EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy;
  • Implementation of air quality legislation and a comprehensive approach to related urban, industrial and rural environmental problems;
  • Application of innovative tools ensuring the resource efficient provision of water services compliant with the revised Drinking Water Directive and the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive to population living in rural areas;
  • Restoration of natural functions of ground and surface water;
  • Improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of innovative solutions and/or innovative treatment options regarding recycled/reclaimed water;
  •  Improvement of water quality;
  • Improvement of flood and/or drought risk management actions;
  • Implementation of innovative water saving measures;
  • Application of innovative solutions (tools, technologies or practices) to ensure the protection and conservation of the seas, oceans and their coasts, by fostering sustainable human activities within the marine environment;
  • Implementation of actions to protect the quality of EU’s soil;
  • Restoration, protection and improvement of soil health and prevention of soil degradation;
  • Substantial reduction of noise inside densely populated urban areas through solutions with high environmental and economic sustainability;
  • Prevention and Reduction of the impact on the environment or human health, of hazardous substances;
  • Prevention and Reduction of the impact on the environment or human health of chemical production and use across the value chain;
  • Digital innovations for advanced tools, methods and models, and data analysis capacities to also move away from animal testing;
  • Implementation of safe- and sustainable-by-design solutions, including through the development, commercialisation, deployment and uptake of safe- and sustainable-by-design substances, material and product;
  • Contribution to the implementation of the New European Bauhaus initiative

Additional information:

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the project: Between 24 and 120 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Proposals must relate to activities taking place in the eligible countries;
  • Activities outside the eligible countries must be necessary to achieve EU (or Non-EU eligible countries) environmental and climate objectives and ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out within the eligible countries

Amount of the grant: Between 2 and 10 million euros;

Co-financing rate: Up to 60% of the total eligible costs

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