Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

2018 CEF Telecom Call - Cyber Security (CEF-TC-2018-3)

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over the CEF Telecom legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

This call is now closed.

This call has been updated with a corrigendum on 28 September (see below)

The 2018 CEF Telecom Cyber Security call makes an indicative €13 million of funding available for proposals in this area.

To get started with your application, we suggest that you consult the list of relevant documents and information for the calls as provided below:

- read the call text and Work Programme sections relevant to your call

- review the application forms, Guide for Applicants and FAQs

- consult the background documents and other information

Then you can apply online using the TENtec eSubmission system.

For all questions related to the call, please check the call FAQ or contact the helpdesk.

The CEF Telecom 2018-3 call virtual Info Day took place on 17 May 2018.

CEF Telecom 2018 funding opportunities leaflet

Flyer on the CEF Telecom Cyber Security call

Cybersecurity call: is this for me? Objectives of the call and who can apply

Call deadline: 22 November

2018 CEF Telecom Calls

Indicative Call Timeline
Call opening
17 May 2018
Deadline for submission
Closed on 22 November 2018
Evaluation of proposals
December 2018 - February 2019
Consultation of the CEF Committee
April 2019
Information to the European Parliament
April 2019
Adoption of the Selection Decision
April 2019
Preparation and signature of grant agreements
between April and August 2019
List of proposals selected for co-funding Available here
EU funding for cybersecurity capcity building - infographic Available here

Work Programme

 2018 CEF Telecom Work Programme

Available here

Call for Proposals documents
2018 CEF Telecom Call for Proposals – Cyber Security NEW! The call has been updated with a corrigendum on 28 September (see below) Call text
Reference of the Official Journal of the EU (C155/10) Available here
Corrigendum to the call (28 September 2018) - NEW Available here
Reference to the corrigendum in the Official Journal (C 347/25) Available here

Application Forms
Apply online - TENtec eSubmission
Closed on 22 November 2018
Application Form Part A
For reference only: electronic submission of Part A using the eSubmission module is mandatory
Application Form Part B
Application Form Part C
Available here
Application Form Part D
Letter of Support for National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) applying to call Objective 1 Available here
Letter of Support for Operators of Essential Services (OES) applying to call Objective 2
Self-declaration for Digital Service Providers (DSP) applying to call Objective 2
Financial capacity check form
Available here
Letter of Support for National Competent Authorities (NCAs) and Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) applying to call Objective 4 Available here
Guidance Documents
Guide for Applicants - 03 October: Updated version reflecting corrigendum to 2018-03 Cyber Security call text (page 17-18)
Application checklist Available here
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Available here

Background Documents & useful info

Common to all calls

CEF Digital Single Web Portal Available here
CEF Regulation
Telecommunications Regulation
EU Financial Regulation
Rules of Application
Model Grant Agreement

Available here

Privacy statement
Commission Decision on the reimbursement of personnel costs Available here
List of national contact points for CEF Telecom Available here
Call specific - Cyber Security
NIS Directive Available here
NIS Directive Introduction Available here
Cyber Security package (September 2017) Available here