Businesses across the EU are invited to bid for a share of €44.26 million (£35.4m) to develop innovative ways to respond to the challenges of climate change.
It is the first call for proposals under the European Commission’s LIFE Climate Action sub-programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020 and will provide €864 million (£692m) in total in the next seven years.
It is aimed at supporting “better communication, co-operation and dissemination on climate mitigation and adaptation action”, the Commission said.
Interested firms are being encouraged to start preparations “as early as possible” by developing their project ideas, forming partnerships with relevant stakeholders and identifying complementary financial support.
The Commission is particularly welcoming transnational projects “as cross border co-operation is essential to guarantee EU climate objectives”.
Connie Hedegaard, European Climate Action Commissioner said: “[The programme] will help bring to life cutting-edge low carbon technologies and scale-up the climate solutions already out there. These funds will also help achieve the EU’s climate legislation and policy objectives. Today’s call for proposals addresses pilot, demonstration and best practice projects.”
The deadline for applications is 16th October 2014. LIFE is an EU funding programme that has been running since 1992 and has co-financed more than 4,000 projects.