Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

How to apply

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Application process

  1. Identify the relevant call

  2. Read the call documentation and prepare your documents

  3. Submit your application online

  4. You will be informed of the outcome of the evaluation in due time

Applying for funding

To be eligible for financial support under the CEF, projects must be identified as Projects of Common Interest (PCI). Established in 2013, the Union-wide list of PCIs in the energy sector is updated every two years to reflect the latest needs and developments of the internal market. The current list was adopted on 31 October 2019. For more about the process of identifying PCIs, see the specific page.

Evaluation and Selection

The Commission, with the assistance of the Agency, carries out the evaluation and selection of submitted proposals. The process is supported by technical experts, whose role is to ensure that only the most high-quality proposals which best meet the award criteria as described in the relevant work programme and call text are selected for funding.

Proposals which meet the eligibility criteria and formal requirements specified for a call are evaluated on the basis of the criteria defined in the relevant work programme and call texts. Essentially, these relate to maturity, quality, cross-border dimension, positive externalities, the need to overcome financial obstacles, stimulating effect of the CEF financial assistance, priority and urgency, and complementarity with other actions financed by the CEF.

A list of proposals recommended for funding is then prepared by Commission. Successful applicants are then invited by the Agency to prepare and sign individual grant agreements.


Two fundamental legal documents guide the allocation of the EU financial support in the energy sector and provide information about the specific types of projects which are funded and in what amounts:

1. CEF Regulation: Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility
2. TEN-E Regulation: Regulation (EU) 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure 
For any questions relating to a specific call for proposals, please check the individual call page.