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€290 million available to improve air traffic management in Europe

Creation date: October 5, 2017

The European Commission has launched today the 2017 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for project proposals that targets exclusively the programme's priority 'Single European Sky – SESAR'.  Applicants are invited to submit their proposals on the deployment of new and mature technologies and practices that support harmonised Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and standards in Europe.

The call deadline is on 15 March 2018 at 17.00 CET. The maximum available call budget is €290 million. A virtual information day on the call will take place on 19 October 2017.


What projects are eligible for funding?

A proposal submitted under this call must address either works or studies, or a combination of both if the activities and the respective budgets are clearly separated. Pilot activities can also be part of the project.

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 external experts drawn from the European Commission's 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. It supports the European aviation sector, among other transport modes, through the EU’s Single European Sky initiative that works on the safe and efficient use of airspace and ATM system within the EU. The programme's SESAR Priority (Single European Sky ATM Research and Development) supports the initiative with an indicative budget of €3 billion over the same timeframe. The priority’s target is to improve the performance of ATM in Europe by modernising and harmonising ATM systems, synchronising the deployment of essential ATM functionalities, enhancing civil-military interoperability, reducing fragmentation and consolidating the provision of air navigation services.

The CEF programme has supported the 'Single European Sky – SESAR' priority in calls for project proposals since 2014. Some 42 projects have been supported with around €1 billion EU funding so far. In addition, 11 proposals were selected for a total recommended CEF funding of around €311.3 million under the 2016 CEF Transport calls.