Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: over €28 million to foster the European digital service ecosystem

Creation date: September 20, 2016


Today the European Commission is taking further action to stimulate the deployment and support of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in Europe by launching two sets of calls for proposals of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) endowed with more than €28 million.

Interested applicants from all EU Member States as well as Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals in the areas of Automated Translation, Cyber Security, eInvoicing, Europeana and Safer Internet.


CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that will contribute to increasing interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU. It will also support the flow of public and private investment towards mature solutions - improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.

To receive co-funding under the calls, actions must be ready for deployment, contribute to EU Digital Single Market policies and have a long-term sustainability strategy. The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas mentioned below.


These sets of calls are the third and the fourth ones under the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2016, CEF Telecom will provide in total up to €70 million funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.


Areas covered by the CEF Telecom call for proposals


Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals for actions supporting the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures in five different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget:

The CEF-TC-2016-3 call, open until 15 December 2016, is devoted to:

  • Automated Translation  - to improve the quality and coverage of automated translation especially in the public sector cases that require cross-lingual functionalities, thereby facilitating cross-border information exchange for citizens, businesses and administrations - €6.5 million
  • Cyber Security to create, maintain or expand national capacities to run a range of cybersecurity services, in order to allow member states to participate on an equal footing in the existing cooperation mechanisms - €12 million
  • eInvoicing supports the uptake of electronic invoicing solutions among public administrations and of the upcoming European standard on e-Invoicing, contributing to the digital transformation of eProcurement  - €7 million
  • Europeana: will contribute in particular to showcasing the cultural treasures of Europe on the Europeana platform - €2 million

A Virtual Info Day providing information on the 2016-3 calls and application process will take place on 22 September.


The CEF-TC-2016-4 call focuses on Safer Internet. With a budget of €1.1 million it supports actions that help make the Internet a trusted environment for children. Proposals can be submitted until 18 October 2016.


How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2016 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. The deadline for CEF-TC-2016-3 is 15 December 2016 and for CEF-TC-2016-4 is 18 October 2016.

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in January 2017. The results of the evaluation and the decision on allocation of the grants will be announced as of April 2017. Safer Internet evaluation and decision will take place earlier. 

Who is the contact point for this call?

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the 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.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu to stay informed about the latest call developments.

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

About Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs)

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest for the deployment of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) across the EU. These are based on mature technical and organisational solutions to support exchanges and collaboration between citizens, businesses and public authorities. The vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.

CEF supports basic and re-usable digital services, known as building blocks, as well as more complex digital services. The building blocks can be combined with each other and integrated with the more complex services.

Building blocks supported so far include: eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and Automated Translation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.

More complex digital services being supported include areas such as safer internet, access to reusable public sector information, cyber security, eHealth, and online dispute resolution.

The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex of the Telecom Regulation.

More information

2016 CEF Telecom call

2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme

CEF Telecom