Creation date: April 26, 2017
Today the 2017 call for energy proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has opened. The European Commission will release €800 million of funding for projects in the areas of electricity, gas and smart grids infrastructure that plan to strengthen the EU's internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help provide clean, sustainable energy for Europe. The call will close on 12 October. Projects submitted in response to this call will be evaluated in November and December 2017, and the results will be communicated in early 2018.
Proposed projects, which can be either studies or construction works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks and end energy isolation. To be eligible to apply for CEF funding, projects must be designated Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). PCIs are considered essential for completing the EU's internal energy market, and are required to have a significant impact on at least two EU countries.
How to apply?
Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the 2017 CEF Energy call webpage. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the call webpage. A virtual info day on the call and application process will take place in June.
The CEF provides EU funding for infrastructure projects, which in the case of energy shall increase competitiveness, enhance the EU's security of energy supply, and contribute to sustainable development and protection of the environment (for example, by maximising the use of renewable energy and smart energy networks). It is making available a total of €5.35 billion for energy projects in the period 2014-2020. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages CEF Energy call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.
A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.