Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

In addition to grants, the CEF offers financial support to projects through innovative financial instruments such as guarantees and project bonds. These instruments create significant leverage in their use of EU budget and act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors.

Since January 2014, INEA is your gateway to funding under the CEF. INEA implements most of the CEF programme budget, in total €28.7 billion out of €30.4 billion (€23.7 billion for Transport, €4.7 billion for Energy, and €0.5 billion for Telecom).

The CEF is divided into three sectors:

CEF Energy
CEF Telecom
CEF Transport

One of the key priorities of CEF is enabling and strengthening the synergies between the three sectors. Actions across sectors may enable costs or results to be optimised through the pooling of financial, technical or human resources, thus enhancing the effectiveness of EU funding.

The first Call for proposals to support synergy actions between the transport and energy sectors was launched in 2016.

European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

Are you a project promoter based in the EU, and want to reach potential investors worldwide? Register your project in the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) and boost its visibility to a large network of international investors!

Upcoming CEF calls

Call Publication date Deadline
2019 CEF Transport Blending Facility call June/July 2019  1st cut-off date
in December 2019

Open CEF calls

Call Publication date Deadline
2019-2 CEF Telecom call 4 July 2019 14 November

Closed CEF calls

Call Publication date Deadline
2019 CEF Energy 20 March 2019 13 June 2019

2019-1 CEF Telecom
Automated Translation, eID & eSignature, eDelivery, eInvoicing, Europeana, EU Student eCard

14 February 2019 14 May 2019
2019 CEF Transport
Comprehensive Network and Rail Freight Noise
5 December 2018 24 April 2019
2018-4 CEF Telecom call
eHealth
28 June 2018 6 December 2018
2018-4 CEF Telecom call
eProcurement, European e-Justice Portal
28 June 2018 22 November 2018
CEF Telecom 2018-3 call
Cyber Security
3 May 2018
(opened on 17 May 2018)
22 November 2018
CEF Telecom 2018-5 call
Public Open Data
3 May 2018 15 November 2018
2018 CEF Transport call 17 May 2018 24 October 2018
2018-2 CEF Energy call 11 June 2018 11 October 2018
CEF Telecom 2018-2 call
Automated Translation, eDelivery and eInvoicing
3 May 2018 18 September 2018
CEF Telecom 2018-1 call
eIdentification & eSignature, Europeana and Safer Internet
22 February 2018 15 May 2018
2018-1 CEF Energy call 19 March 2018 26 April 2018
2017 CEF Transport SESAR Call 6 October 2017 12 April 2018
2017 CEF Transport Blending Call 8 February 2017 12 April 2018
2017-3 CEF Telecom call 28 June 2017 28 November 2017
2017 CEF Energy call 26 April 2017 12 October 2017
2017-2 CEF Telecom call
Cyber Security, eDelivery, eHealth, eProcurement
6 May 2017 21 September 2017
2017-1 CEF Telecom call
Business Registers Interconnection System - BRIS, eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information - EESSI and European e-Justice Portal
17 February 2017 18 May 2017
2016 CEF Transport Calls 13 October 2016 7 February 2017
2016 CEF Telecom Call 3
Automated Translation, Cyber Security, eInvoicing, Europeana
20 September 2016 15 December 2016
2016 CEF Synergy: Transport and Energy 28 September 2016 13 December 2016
2016 CEF Energy Call 2 30 June 2016 8 November 2016
2016 CEF Telecom Call 4
Safer Internet
20 September 2016 18 October 2016
2016 CEF Telecom Call 2
eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European e-Justice Portal & Public Open Data
12 May 2016 15 September 2016
2016 CEF Telecom call 1
Business Registers Interconnection System - BRIS, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information - EESSI, eProcurement
3 March 2016 19 May 2016
2016 CEF Energy call 1 18 March 2016 28 April 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 2
eProcurement, eHealth, eID and eSignature, Online Dispute Resolution
17 November 2015 15 March 2016
CEF Transport 5 November 2015 16 February 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 1
eInvoicing
30 October 2015 11 February 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 1
eDelivery, Public Open Data, Safer Internet, Europeana
30 October 2015 19 January 2016
2015 CEF Energy
second call
30 June 2015 14 October 2015
CEF Telecom
Electronic Identification and authentication (2014 call)
17 March 2015 2 June 2015
2015 CEF Energy
First call
4 March 2015 29 April 2015
CEF Transport 11 September 2014 3 March 2015
CEF Telecom
Europeana
30 April 2014 23 September 2014
CEF Telecom
Safer Internet
30 April 2014 27 August 2014
2014 CEF Energy 5 May 2014 19 August 2014