Identify the relevant call
Read the call documentation and prepare your documents
Submit your application online
You will be informed of the outcome of the evaluation in due time
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.
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.
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.