Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Synergies between H2020 and CEF


Part of INEA's mission is to foster synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Connecting Europe Facility, the two EU programmes which the Agency manages. While CEF focuses on building modern infrastructure in the EU (transport, energy and telecom), H2020 projects funded by INEA develop and test new clean energy and transport technologies.

In other words, H2020 supports research and CEF deploys innovative solutions on a large scale, which means there is a natural link between the programmes.

So, if you received H2020 Energy or Transport funding and obtained significant results, you might be ready to apply to CEF Energy, CEF Transport and CEF Telecom calls. Likewise, if you are building modern infrastructure, you might be interested to learn about the latest relevant research results in the energy and transport fields, supported by the EU.


How can H2020 and CEF projects be linked?



EU-funded research projects develop and test innovative technologies that could be one day deployed in infrastructure projects funded by CEF.


Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions which are today deployed in the CEF Arc Atlantique Corridor Phase 2 project on the roads in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, have matured in three different H2020 Transport projects.

The HIGHTS project developed a high-precision technology allowing to position vehicles with the accuracy of 25 cm.

The ARTIC project resulted in an intelligent car-to-car communication system, innovative collision and obstacle radars and on-board car sensors.

The CarNet project contributed with bringing to the market a high-speed data transmission antenna to enable better communication between vehicles and infrastructure.



Some CEF and H2020 projects work in the same thematic area, while tackling issues from different perspectives. The results can complement each other and advance the overall technology.


The H2020 project NeMo is developing a pan-European eRoaming network to help electromobility providers standardise their services across Europe. In parallel, the CEF project EVA+ has built a wide network of fast charging stations in Italy and Austria. Both projects contribute to making electric cars more attractive for European citizens.

Please note that although the above examples refer to the transport sector, similar synergies can be also found in the energy sector.


Find more synergies between CEF and H2020 projects in INEa's thematic publications on Intelligent Transport Systems and Safe and Green Aviation.

You can also browse other examples of H2020 and CEF Transport projects in the TRIMIS database.


INEA's efforts to promote synergies

INEA continuously promotes and encourages synergies between the two programmes.

The Agency regularly participates in thematic conferences and events, such as the Transport Research Arena the ITS European Congress or the TEN-T Days, bringing together H2020 and CEF stakeholders.

It also keeps its H2020 beneficiaries informed about open CEF funding opportunities as a possible exploitation instrument for their research results.


Event in the spotlight

INEA is organising a session dedicated  to the synergies between H2020 and CEF at the 2019 Digital Transport Days (Helsinki, Finland - 7 to 9 October 2019). 
The session is titled  “Digitalisation of TEN-T: from research to deployment” and Dirk Beckers, Director of INEA will be the keynote speaker.

Under the moderation of Herald Ruijters, Director of  Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport in DG MOVE, beneficiaries of CEF and H2020 Actions will present concrete examples of technological solutions that were developed under the research programme and are now deployed in big infrastructure projects supported by CEF.