The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has launched today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport funding instrument, which makes €1.4 billion available for projects aiming to build, upgrade and improve European transport infrastructure. The call deadline is on 26 February 2020 at 17.00 CET.
A virtual information day on the call will take place on 7 November 2019.
What projects are eligible for funding?
The call for proposals supports seven priorities of the CEF Transport multi-annual work programme for 2014-2020 under the General and Cohesion envelopes. The Cohesion envelope is reserved for the 15 EU Member States that are eligible for Cohesion Fund support.
Under the Cohesion envelope – €650 million
- Pre-identified projects on the Corridors of the Core Network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports) – €610 million
- Safe and secure infrastructure, including safe and secure parking on the road Core Network – €40 million
Under the General envelope (all EU member States can apply) – €750 million
- Pre-identified projects on the Corridors of the Core Network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports) – €500 million
- Deployment of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) – €50 million
- Safe and secure infrastructure, including safe and secure parking on the road Core Network – €20 million
- Intelligent Transport Services for road (ITS) – €20 million
- Single European Sky – SESAR – €20 million
- Actions implementing transport infrastructure in nodes of the Core Network, including urban nodes and passengers multimodality – €110 million
- Motorways of the Sea – €30 million
Who can apply?
Two types of applicants can submit their proposal:
- One or more Member States
- With the agreement of the Member State(s) concerned, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in an EU Member State
Please check section 7.1 of the call text for more details.
How will the grants be awarded?
The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the European Commission with the assistance of external experts drawn from an independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest six months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within nine months after the submission deadline.
Become an expert
External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission’s independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.
The CEF Transport programme is the key EU funding instrument for the development of high performing, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European transport networks, with a focus on the nine Core Network Corridors. The programme co-finances projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.
The CEF programme has a grant budget of €23.4 billion for the transport sector. Of this amount, €11.3 billion is reserved for projects in Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund. Annual and multi-annual work programmes specify the set of priorities and the total amount of financial support to be committed for each of these priorities in a given year.
Since 2014, 763 projects have been supported with around €22.05 billion in EU funding.
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