The European Commission has launched today the 2019 Connecting Europe Facility
(CEF) for Transport call for project proposals
opening financing possibilities for transport projects that will contribute to the timely and efficient completion of a number of TEN-T projects.
The call will be open for applications to be submitted (in electronic format only) on 8 January 2019 and carries a deadline of 24 April 2019 at 17.00.00 CET. The indicative available call budget is €100 million.
A virtual information day on the call will take place on 17 January 2019.
What projects are eligible for funding?
The call for proposals supports two priorities of the CEF Transport annual work programme 2019 under the General envelope, falling within two funding objectives of the CEF Regulation:
• Funding objective 1 (indicative budget €65 million):
o Projects on the Comprehensive Network (only cross-border sections and maritime ports)
• Funding objective 2 (indicative budget €35 million):
o Reduction of Rail Freight Noise
A proposal submitted under this call must address one of these priorities.
Who can apply?
Two types of applicants can submit their proposal:
• One or more Member States
• With the agreement of the Member State(s) concerned, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in an EU Member State
Please check section 7.1 of the call text for more details.
How to apply?
How will the grants be awarded?
The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the European Commission with the assistance of external experts drawn from an independent expert database
. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest six months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within nine months after the submission deadline.
Become an expert
External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database
. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant
, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Funding & Tenders Portal
The CEF Transport programme
is the key EU funding instrument for the development of high performing, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European transport networks, with a focus on the nine Core Network Corridors
. The programme co-finances projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.
The CEF programme has a grant budget of €23.2 billion for the transport sector. Of this amount, €11.3 billion
is reserved for projects in Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund. Annual and multi-annual work programmes
specify the set of priorities and the total amount of financial support to be committed for each of these priorities in a given year.
Since 2014, 689 projects have been supported with around €22.9 billion EU funding. Of this, 34 projects were selected under the 2017 CEF Transport Blending call (2nd cut-off date) and receive €399.5 million in CEF Transport funding and 14 were selected under the 2017 CEF Transport SESAR call and receive €290 million in CEF Transport funding.
The European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is managing evaluations of the call and supervising implementation of projects.
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