Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €25.5 million to support trans-European digital networks

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: May 6, 2017

Today the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and the European Commission launched the second Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for 2017. The call makes €25.5 million available to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs).

Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit proposals in the areas of Cyber Security, eDelivery, eHealth and eProcurement. The deadline for submission is 21 September 2017.


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

To receive co-funding, 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 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme and the call texts in the four DSIs listed below.


This call is the second one under the 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2017, CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €77 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.


Areas covered


Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals at the latest by 21 September 2017, for actions supporting the deployment of the four following European DSIs with an indicative maximum budget as noted:

  • Cyber Security to create, maintain or expand national capacities to run a range of cyber security services in order to reach a state of preparedness that allows national and/or governmental (n/g) Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)/Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in all Member States to participate on an equal footing in the Cyber Security Core Service Platform - cooperation mechanisms - €12 million
  • eDelivery to promote the uptake and speed up the use of the eDelivery technical specifications amongst both public and private entities, allowing for secured, traceable, cross-border transmission of electronic documents - €0.5 million
  • eHealth to improve access to care and quality of care using information and communication technologies (ICTs) - €9 million
  • eProcurement to reduce red tape and administrative burdens and create new business opportunities- €4 million

A Virtual Info Day on the call, including more information on each DSI area and the application process, will take place on 16 May 2017.


How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2017 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All call documents  and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. The deadline for submission of proposals is 21 September 2017. at 17:00.00 Brussels time.

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in autumn 2017. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants is foreseen to be announced in early 2018.

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 & LinkedIn 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 eTranslation. 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

CEF Telecom

2017 CEF Telecom call

2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme