Creation date: February 28, 2020
The 2020-1 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, Blockchain, eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs, Europeana and Safer Internet. Up to €31.4 million is made available to create full cross-border digital infrastructure, in areas of public interest by triggering the digital transformation of public sector services in the Member States for the benefits of citizens and businesses.
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 2019-2020 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2020, CEF Telecom will provide over €67 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.
Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals until 25 June 2020 in the following areas:
To receive co-funding under the calls, actions must demonstrate sufficient maturity, 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 2019-2020 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.
A Virtual Info Day on the 2020-1 CEF Telecom calls and application process will take place on 11 March 2020.
Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2020 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 2020-1 call is 25 June 2020 at 17:00.00 Brussels time.
The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in July 2020. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants will be announced as of December 2020.
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.
A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.
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.