Adaptation to Climate Change call for proposals

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Deadline: 21st September 2023 | Adaptation to Climate Change Call for Proposals

The Adaptation to Climate Change Call for Proposals under the Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) has been made public by the European Commission (EC) with enthusiasm.



  • The long-term goal of the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change is that by 2050, the EU will be a climate-resilient society that has fully adapted to the inevitable effects of climate change. Projects under this strand should contribute to realising this goal. According to the Paris Agreement and the planned European Climate Law, projects should work to increase adaptability, resilience, and minimise vulnerability.
  • As required by Article 5 of the European Climate Law, projects under this strand should contribute to: Ensuring ongoing progress in improving resilience, increasing adaptive capacity, and decreasing susceptibility to climate change
  • Realise the long-term goal of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change30, which is that the EU will have a society that is completely adapted to the inevitable effects of climate change by the year 2050.
  • Projects funded through this call should specifically support the strategy’s goals to: Make adaptation more systemic (incorporating climate resilience considerations in all pertinent policy fields, as climate change has effects at all levels of society and across all sectors of the economy); Make adaptation smarter (improving knowledge, managing uncertainty, and informing adaptation actions by robust data and risk assessment tools that are available to all); and Make ad
  • Projects should also take precautions to avoid maladaptation, which refers to adaptation measures or practises targeted at a group of people but which fact increase their vulnerability to climate change.
  • Projects must show a convincing intervention logic that is both clear and detailed in order to support these goals.
  • The approach for monitoring and evaluating the results, including after the project’s completion, depends on a number of factors, including the specific climate risks and vulnerabilities to be addressed, the suitability of the suggested adaptation options and methods to reduce the identified risks and vulnerabilities, the implementation of these options and methods during the project’s duration, and the implementation of these options and methods.

Financial Details

  • The approximate call budget is €66,350,000.
  • Adaptation to Climate Change: EUR 30,000,000

Intervention areas

  • Development of adaptation policies, as well as adaptation plans and strategies: Projects in this area should aid in the development and improvement of efficient, scientifically based adaptation policies and strategies by national, regional, and local authorities.
  • Modern technologies and techniques for adaptation: One of the biggest obstacles to adaptation is the lack of access to workable solutions. For decision-makers and practitioners of adaptation, climate resilience decision support tools and fast reaction options must become more readily available and swift.
  • Natural approaches to managing lands, forests, coastlines, and marine areas: Large-scale adoption of nature-based solutions will improve climate resilience and advance a number of Green Deal goals.
  • Changing climate adaptation in cities and regions: The foundation of adaptation is the local level, and while climate change directly affects European areas and residents, their exposure to and vulnerability to its effects varies, frequently exacerbates already-existing inequalities and vulnerabilities.
  • Infrastructure and buildings that are climate-proof and resilient: The built environment, which includes infrastructures for water and waste management, security, telecommunications, health care, transportation and energy networks, and buildings, is distinguished by a long lifespan and significant maintenance and investment expenses. This industry must be able to resist the terrible weather conditions of the present and the effects of global warming.
  • Solutions for adapting for land managers, including farmers, foresters, Natura 2000 managers, and others: In addition to increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, climate change will also increase the risks for agriculture, forest management, Natura 2000, and other land management through slow-moving processes like desertification, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, or sea level rise.
  • Water management: With climate change making it more difficult to share water resources, Europe is increasingly experiencing either too much or not enough water. For climate resilience, it is essential to guarantee sustainable access to freshwater.
  • Preparation for extreme weather events: Although the value of adaptability is becoming more widely acknowledged, numerous reports highlight the lack of preparation and associated difficulties.
  • Financial tools, creative approaches, and public-private cooperation on insurance and loss information: Due to sluggish adaptation action and an increase in extreme weather occurrences, the share of non-insured economic losses brought on by climate-related disasters appears to be growing.

Expected Results

  • Efficient completion of the project’s quantified objectives


  • The beneficiaries and related entities applying (applicants) must:
  • legal entity, whether public or private.
  • possess a legal presence in one of the qualifying nations, i.e., an EU Member State (including an OCT).
  • Non-EU nations:
  • listed EEA nations, nations involved in the LIFE Programme, or those presently engaged in association agreement discussions where the agreement takes effect prior to grant signature
  • The coordinator must be based in a nation that qualifies. Before submitting the project, beneficiaries and related entities must register in the participant register. and will need to pass REA Validation’s Central Validation Service’s verification process. They will be asked to upload proof of their legal status and place of origin for validation.
  • In other consortium positions, such as those of related partners, subcontractors, or third parties providing in-kind contributions, other organisations may take part.

Particular Cases

  • Exceptional funding is available to entities from foreign nations if the granting authority deems their involvement crucial to the implementation of the action.
    Natural people — Except for self-employed people, i.e. sole traders, when the company does not have a separate legal personality from that of the natural person, natural people are NOT qualified.
    International organisations — These groups are qualified. They are not covered by the restrictions on qualified nations.
  • Entities lacking legal personality — In exceptional cases, entities lacking legal personality under national law may participate if their representatives are able to bind them to legal obligations and provide guarantees for the protection of EU financial interests on par with those provided by legal persons.
  • EU bodies — EU bodies ARE NOT ALLOWED to be a part of the consortium, with the exception of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
  • Organisations made up of members may participate in associations and interest groups as “sole beneficiaries” or “beneficiaries without legal personality”78. Please be aware that if the members are carrying out the action, they should also take part (either as beneficiaries or as associated companies, as failure to do so will prevent their expenditures from being eligible).
  • Countries that are currently negotiating association agreements — Beneficiaries from countries that are currently negotiating association agreements may participate in the call and sign grants (with retroactive effect, if specified in the agreement) if the discussions are finished before grant signature.

Visit the European Commission website for further details.

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