Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€750 million EU funding available for cross-border energy infrastructure

Creation date: March 20, 2019

The 2019 CEF Energy call for proposals has just opened, offering funding to support cross-border energy infrastructure projects in the areas of electricity (including smart grids), gas and carbon dioxide networks.

Following the adoption of the 2019 CEF Energy Work Programme today, the call for energy proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for 2019 has opened.

The European Commission will release €750 million of EU funding for energy infrastructure projects that plan to strengthen the EU's internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help provide clean, sustainable energy for Europe.

Proposed projects, which can be either studies or 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.

The deadline for submitting proposals in the areas of electricity (including smart grids), gas and carbon dioxide networks infrastructures is 13 June 2019. Projects submitted in response to this call will be evaluated between June and September 2019, and the results are expected to be communicated in October 2019.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the 2019 CEF Energy call webpage. All call documents and additional background information are available on the call webpage. A virtual information day on the 2019 call and application process will be held early April 2019 - the recording and all presentations will be made available on the event page. More information on the exact date and timing will follow shortly.

A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.

Background

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). The total grant budget to support energy projects for the 2014-2020 period under the CEF Energy programme is €4.7 billion.

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.

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More information

2019 CEF Energy call for proposals

Connecting Europe Facility

Projects of Common Interest

Energy infrastructure