Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Telecom: €13 million to reinforce the EU's Cybersecurity capacity

Creation date: May 17, 2018

The European Commission has opened a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to reinforce the EU's cybersecurity capacity, with up to €13 million available in grant funding.

The call will allow Member States to limit the economic and political damage of cyber incidents, while reducing the overall costs of cyber security at the Member State level.

This call for proposals forms part of a set of coordinated calls covering the CEF Transport, CEF Telecom and CEF Energy sectors. The coordinated calls aim at exploiting synergies between these sectors to foster the development and implementation of coherent digital infrastructure and solutions within the scope of the three CEF sectors.

The European Commission has launched today as well 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. In this context, the CEF Telecom Cyber Security call also supports cybersecurity capability in relation to Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility in particular for electric vehicles.


What's in for me?

The call provides for co-funding to different types of entities to develop their cybersecurity capabilities, among which:

  • Entities concerned by the Directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive), specifically: national CSIRTs (Computer  Security Incident  Response  Teams), National Competent Authorities, Single Points of Contact, Digital Service Providers, and Operators of Essential Services. Proposals from Operators of Essential Services in the transport and energy sector are particularly welcome;

  • Entities dealing with Cooperative and  Connected  Automated Mobility, in order to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of both the infrastructure and the enabling data for safe, efficient and intelligent mobility;

  • Public bodies with a cooperation agreement with at least eight other Member States legally established to meet  European  Union  Policy objectives associated with  Operational Level Cyber Security.


A Virtual Info Day on the Cyber Security call and application process is taking place today. Recording will be available afterwards.

Here you can find all information you need on the call, as well as relevant documents.

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

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How to apply?

Applicants must submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpage on the 2018 CEF Telecom Calls webpage. Please remember that the deadline for CEF-TC-2018-3 is 22 November 2018.


When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals to call CEF-TC-2018-3 is expected to start in December 2018. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants should be announced as of May 2019.


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.


About Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Telecom and Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs)

CEF Telecom funding supports projects for the deployment of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) that increase digital interoperability and connectivity across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations. The vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice. In 2018, CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €84.4 million in funding through grants for these European digital infrastructures.

To receive co-funding under the calls, projects 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 2018 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.

Digital services supported by CEF-Telecom include both basic and re-usable digital services, known as building blocks, as well as more complex digital services.

Building blocks are for example solutions for eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and Automated Translation. More complex digital services cover areas such as access to reusable public sector information, Cybersecurity, eHealth, and Online Dispute Resolution.

See examples of supported digital services here.


More information

CEF Telecom

2018 CEF Telecom call

2018 CEF Telecom Work Programme