Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€450 million available to support key European transport projects

Creation date: May 17, 2018

The European Commission has launched today the 2018 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for project proposals that opens co-financing possibilities for projects supporting the policy orientations of the Third Clean Mobility Package - transport digitalisation, road safety and multimodality.

The call deadline is on 24 October 2018 at 17.00 CET. The indicative available call budget is €450 million. Under the CEF Telecom programme there will be additional €4 million for Cybersecurity for Co-operative Connected and Automated Mobility.

A virtual information day on the call will take place on 31 May 2018.


What projects are eligible for funding?

The call for proposals supports seven priorities of the CEF Transport multi-annual work programme for 2014-2020 under the General envelope, falling within the three funding objectives of the CEF Regulation:

  • Funding objective 1 (indicative budget €100 million):

    • Rail interoperability

    • European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS)

  • Funding objective 2 (indicative budget €200 million):

    • Safe and secure infrastructure

    • Innovation and new technologies, including a focus on safety

  • Funding objective 3 (indicative budget €150 million):

    • Intelligent Transport Services for road (ITS)

    • River Information Services (RIS)

    • Connections to and development of multimodal logistics platforms

A proposal submitted under this call must address one of these priorities, either as works or studies.


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?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically via the TENtec eSubmission module. Please address all questions related to this call to the call helpdesk.


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 Participant 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, 639 projects have been supported with around €22.1 billion EU funding. In addition, 69 project proposals are currently evaluated to allocate the €350 million  funding of the 2017 CEF Transport Blending call (2nd cut-off date), and 33 proposals compete for the €290 million funding of the 2017 CEF Transport SESAR call.

European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is managing evaluations of the call and supervising implementation of projects.


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