Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €16.9 million to improve European digital services

Creation date: November 17, 2015

The European Union launched today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) making €16.9 million of EU funding available for the deployment of European digital service infrastructures (DSIs). Interested applicants from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals through the call open in the areas of eProcurement, eHealth, eIdentification and Online Dispute Resolution.


This call is the second one under the 2015 Work Programme. The first CEF Telecom call was launched on 30 October. In total, CEF Telecom will provide €55.6 million funding through grants for European digital service infrastructures under the two 2015 calls.


CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest, deploying identified trans-European digital services. It will contribute to an European ecosystem of interoperable and interconnected digital services, by supporting the flow of public and private investment towards mature solutions. These actions will improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and administrations contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.


The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2015 CEF Telecom work programme and call texts in the four areas below.


Areas covered by CEF Telecom call for proposals


The current CEF Telecom call (CEF-TC-2015-2) invites proposals to provide the pan-EU digital services in four different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget:


  • eProcurement: allowing for more transparent, streamlined, efficient public spending - €1.4 million
  • eHealth: improving patient rights in cross border exchange of patient data using ICT tools -  €7.5 million
  • eIdentification (eID): enabling cross-border recognition and validation of eIDs in line with the eIDAS (electronic Identification and trust services) legal framework - €7 million
  • Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): fostering out-of-court, online dispute resolution and settlement between EU consumers and traders -  €1 million


Who is the main contact point for the call for proposals?

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) launches 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. INEA's project portfolio includes infrastructure, research and innovation projects in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications.


How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the link on the call page. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 March 2016 at 17:00 Brussels' time.


When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in the second quarter of 2016. The results of the evaluation and the decision on allocation of the grants will be announced in the third quarter of 2016.


More information

2015 CEF Telecom call

2015 CEF Telecom Work Programme

A virtual info day will be organised for interested applicants on 23 November: register for this event.