The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) cybersecurity call funds projects that aim to increase the cooperation and the capabilities of actors fundamental for the EU Cybersecurity Strategy in a variety of domains: from coordinated response to cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity certification to capacity building and public-private sector and institutional cooperation.

The call facilitates the implementation of the strategy and in particular of the following pieces of legislation:

Applicants can chose between different areas of priority:

  1. Projects in support for Operators of Essential Services (OES), National Competent Authorities, and Information Sharing and Analysis Centres (ISACs). These projects should create a coherent ecosystem for risk management, information sharing and reporting.
  2. Projects in support to joint preparedness, shared situational awareness and coordinated response to cybersecurity incidents. These projects should facilitate cooperation for joint preparedness and shared situational awareness about cyber threats at the Member State and EU level, as well as coordinated response and mutual assistance in times of crisis.
  3. Projects in support to the implementation of cooperation activities of the Second Biannual Work Programme of the NIS Cooperation Group (2020-2022). These projects should strengthen the know-how and capabilities of the national public authorities and bodies participating in the NIS Cooperation group.
  4. Projects in support to cooperation and capacity building for cybersecurity certification in line with the Cybersecurity Act. These projects should  improve the capabilities and cooperation of European cybersecurity certification stakeholders.

There is no upper limit of the amount of funding to be sought per grant.

This CEF cybersecurity call is one of the 8 areas currently funded under the 2020 CEF Telecom work programme[EM1] . It is the second call published this year. In 2020, the CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €67.4 million [EM2] in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures. The CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market by deploying European digital infrastructures across the EU.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible on the Cybersecurity call webpage.  All call documents and additional background information are also available on the Cybersecurity call webpage. Please remember that the deadline for 2020-2 call is 5 November 2020.

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in December 2020. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants will be announced as of May 2020.

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.

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

A Virtual Info Day on the 2020-2 CEF Telecom call and application process will take place on 16 July 2020.

More information

Previous CEF Cybersecurity projects

2020 CEF Telecom Calls