Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Over €19 million EU funding available to further develop trans-European digital services

Creation date: February 14, 2019

The 2019-1 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for proposals has opened today. It offers co-funding to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in the areas of Automated Translation, eIdentification & eSignature, eDelivery, eInvoicing, Europeana and EU Student eCard. Up to €19.2 million is made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market by deploying European digital infrastructures across the EU.

This call is the first one under the 2019 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2019, CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €48.2 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.

2019-1 CEF Telecom call for proposals

Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals until 14 May 2019 in the following areas:

  • Automated Translation - providing solutions to make European digital services multilingual – €4 million;
  • eIdentification & eSignature - addressing the cross-border authentication of eIDs and the uptake and use of electronic signatures - €5 million;
  • eDelivery – enabling public administrations to exchange electronic data and documents with other public administrations, business and citizens, in a secure, reliable and trusted way - €1 million
  • eInvoicing – to support the implementation of the European Standard on eInvoicing (EN), allowing electronic invoices to flow seamlessly across the EU - €6.2 million;
  • Europeana - €2 million to increase awareness and usage of the European cultural heritage platform;
  • EU Student eCard – to support cross-border student mobility through the development of solutions based on the reuse of the eIDAS eID and, if applicable, of other CEF building blocks - €1 million.

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 2019 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.

A Virtual Info Day on the 2019-1 CEF Telecom call and application process will take place on 7 March 2019. Participants can register here

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2019 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. Please remember that the deadline for 2019-1 call is 14 May 2019 at 17:00.00 Brussels time.

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in June 2019. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants will be announced as of October 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.

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,  Automated Translation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.

More complex digital services being supported include areas such as Safer Internet, Public Open Data, Cybersecurity, 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
2019 CEF Telecom calls
2019 CEF Telecom Work Programme

CEF Telecom supported actions - brochure