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Life+ Programme - European alert (6/2013)

Funding innovation in environment preservation

LIFE+ Programme managed by the European Commission is a dedicated EU funding instrument for the environment. Component 2 of the programme - Environment policy and governance – may prove especially interesting for entrepreneurs. It will co-finance innovative and/ or pilot projects in the scope of broadly understood conservation of natural environment, including: prevention of climate changes, healthcare and improvement of quality of life, protection of waters, protection of air (this year’s priority area), protection of soil, noise control, monitoring of forests and protection against fire, sustainable management of natural resources and waste, innovation. Among the major objectives supported by Component 2 is development and demonstration of innovative directions of policy, technology, methods and instruments aiding implementation of action plans in the scope of environmental technologies. The maximum support intensity may reach up to 95% of eligible costs – 50% from EU Commission funds and 45% from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (Narodowy Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska I Gospodarki Wodnej - NFOŚiGW).

Programme LIFE+ financial instrument (component: Environment policy and governance)
Beneficiaries The following types of entities registered in the EU1 :
- private entities with a commercial character (including entrepreneurs);
- private entities with a non-commercial character (including non-governmental organisations);
- public institutions;
- applications can be filed individually or through consortium.  
Investments - projects promoting innovative and green-oriented solutions;
- within Component 2 it is possible to obtain funding for innovative projects  or demonstrations  linked with the EC objectives in the scope of environment conservation, inclusive of development and propagation of best practice techniques, specialised knowledge or technologies;
- average co-funding form the EU Commission:  approx. EUR 1 – 2M;
- international projects characterised by innovation.
Success drivers - project is feasible and coherent in technical and financial terms, and it is cost effective;
- project contributes to fulfilment of the general objectifies of LIFE+;
- projects ensures European added value, realises the principles of complementarity and optimum use of EU funds (LIFE+ does not co-finance projects that meet the criteria of other EC financial instruments or receive aid as part of such instruments);       
- cross-national character of the project;
- compliance of the project with the annual domestic priorities and domestic added value.
Eligible costs - salaries and non-payroll costs of work of the persons engaged in the project;
- costs of travel and subsistence;  
- costs of external aid linked with subcontractor’s costs, including the costs of hiring equipment or infrastructure (not more than 35% of the project budget);
- costs of fixed assets’ depreciation  (providing the conditions set in the programme documentation are met, based on the following thresholds: infrastructure – 25% equipment – 50% of the total purchase costs);
- costs of prototypes – 100%;
- costs of expendable materials (except for stationery);
- other costs (all costs necessary for the project that do not fall within any specific categories);
- overhead costs (lump sum - up to 7% of the overall amount of the actually incurred eligible costs, except for the costs of purchase/ lease of land.
Funding amount The funding from European Commission is awarded as a non-refundable grant. The maximum funding under Component 2:
- up to 50% of eligible costs.
The funding from NFOŚiGW is also awarded as a grant and it amounts to:
- up to 45% of eligible costs.
Deadlines and budget Enrolment dates:
7 May 2013  - the final deadline for filing applications for a grant from EU Commission co-financed by NFOŚiGW,  
25 June 2013 - the final deadline for filing applications for a grant from EU Commission only, via eProposal (NFOŚiGW will transfer the applications to EU Commission).
LIFE+ budget for Poland in 2013 amounts to approx. EUR 18.5 M from EU Commission funds and PLN 63 M from NFOŚiGW.
Implementing institution EU Commission through the intermediary of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW).

1 Also entities registered in Croatia, but application acceptance will depend on Croatia’s accession to the European Union.  
2 An ‘innovative project’ involves techniques or methods that have not been used or examined earlier which offer potential benefits for the natural environment as compared with the currently applied best practices.  
3  Demonstration implements, tests, evaluates and propagates actions/ methodologies that are to a certain extent new or unknown in the context of the project (geographical, environmental, social and economic, etc.) and that ought to be commonly applied elsewhere, in similar conditions.     

 

Sample projects:

  • Instytut Mechanizacji Budownictwa i Górnictwa Skalnego [Institute of Mechanised Construction and Rock Mining] DIM-WASTE] – Demonstration installation for manufacture of lightweight aggregate from sewage sludge and waste silica. Project value – EUR 2,222,366, including EU Commission grant – EUR 1,111,183 , NFOŚiGW funding – EUR 997,899, own input: EUR 113,284.
  • Fu-Wi Sp. z o.o.  - Demonstration installation for thermal utilization of sewage sludge by pyrolysis. Project value – EUR 2,657,810, including EU Commission grant – EUR 1,178,905 EUR (NFOŚiGW funding – no data).
  • Geotermia Pyrzyce Sp. z o.o. - Demonstration of the innovative technology of the improvement of absorption of the geothermal deposit layer. Project value – EUR 452,619, including EU Commission grant – EUR 226,309 (NFOŚiGW funding – EUR 195,000, own input: EUR 31,310).
  • Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials: AETHER in consortium with French (Lafarge) and UK (BRE) partners – Reducing the carbon footprint of cement.  Project value – EUR 5,879,780, including EU Commission grant – EUR 2,306,390
  • Vivartia Cyprus Ltd. (Cyprus): DAIRIUS Project – Development of a method of producing, storing and use of biogas as energy from dairy products after their ‘use by’ date. Project value – EUR 1,404,252, including EU Commission grant – EUR 702,126.
    TIARA Co. Ltd. (Hungary): RETOXMET Project – Reuse of highly polluting food industry wastes to produce cost effective yeast-based bioconversion materials capable of cleaning waste water or drinking water by removing dangerous contaminants. Project value – EUR 1,144,000, including EU Commission grant – EUR 565,000   

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