The European Commission has opened today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Up to €27.5 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities. The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 May 2017.

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Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals in the areas of eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI), Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS) and European e-Justice Portal. .

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that contribute to increasing the interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations, and thereby contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.

To receive co-funding under the calls, actions must be ready for deployment, contribute to EU Digital Single Market policies and have a long-term sustainability strategy. The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.

This call is the first one under the 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2017, CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €77 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.

Areas covered by the CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-1)

Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals until 18 May 2017, for actions supporting the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures in four different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget as described below:

  • Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS): facilitating access for the public to information on EU companies for the public and ensuring that all EU business registers can communicate with each other electronically in a safe and secure way - €2 million
  • eIdentification & eSignature: addressing the cross-border authentication of eIDs and the uptake and use of electronic signatures - €7 million

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2017 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. Please remember that the deadline for CEF-TC-2017-1 is 18 May 2017

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in June 2017. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants will be announced as of October 2017.

Who is the contact point for this call?

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.

About Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs)

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest for the deployment of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) across the EU. These are based on mature technical and organisational solutions to support exchanges and collaboration between citizens, businesses and public authorities. The vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.

CEF supports basic and re-usable digital services, known as building blocks, as well as more complex digital services. The building blocks can be combined with each other and integrated with the more complex services.

Building blocks supported so far include: eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and Automated Translation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.

More complex digital services being supported include areas such as Safer Internet, access to reusable public sector information, Cyber Security, eHealth, and Online Dispute Resolution.

The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex of the Telecom Regulation.

More information

CEF Telecom

2017 CEF Telecom call

2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme

Info Day for CEF Telecom  Call 2017-1 on 28th February