Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Independent experts needed for evaluation of proposals for CEF

Creation date: March 31, 2017

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a new financing instrument with an earmarked budget of €33 billion for infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and telecom sectors. The objective of the CEF programme is to provide financial support to projects which can help fill the missing links in Europe's infrastructure networks. Most of the support from CEF is expected to take the form of grants, which are direct financial contributions from the EU's budget intended to co-finance actions helping to achieve specific EU policy objectives.

INEA invites independent experts in the respective fields to support the evaluation of proposals for grants submitted in response to CEF calls for proposals as well as other activities, for exampling monitoring of funded projects including those of CEF’s predecessor programme.

The database has been set up for the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as well as other European Commission funding programmes, including CEF.


Independent experts should register their profile in the Participant Portal:

Independent experts are chosen on the basis of their skills, experience and knowledge for the assignment to be carried out. In this respect, INEA will refer to the database to identify and select suitable experts on the basis of their expertise. The “area of expertise” section of the database contains a list of “specialist fields” as well as “open keywords” to allow experts to reflect their particular expertise and consequently, facilitate INEA in matching experts to particular assignments.


If you intend to register as an independent expert for the evaluation of proposals submitted under the CEF programme, it is necessary to tick the dedicated 'CEF (Connecting Europe Facility)' box in the “programme selection” section of the registration platform.



We are interested in experts in the transport, energy and telecom fields as well as those with expertise in cross-cutting areas.

The domains of particular interest for CEF Transport are:

  • European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS)
  • Motorways of the Sea (MoS)
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
  • River Information Services (RIS)
  • Infrastructure: rail, road, inland waterways, ports, multimodality, airports…
  • Decarbonisation
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

The domains of particular interest for CEF Energy are:

  • Energy systems (production, distribution, application)
  • Electricity grid systems
  • Electricity Transmission/Distribution
  • Electricity Market/Regulations
  • Natural gas
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Gas transmission pipelines
  • Electricity storage
  • Gas storage
  • Energy systems, smart energy, smart grids, wireless energy transfer
  • Electricity and gas transmission regulation

The domains of particular interest for CEF Telecom are:

  • Digitisation
  • Safer internet for children
  • Automated translation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital service infrastructure
  • Electronic commerce (eCommerce)
  • Electronic Delivery (eDelivery)
  • Electronic governance
  • Electronic identification  (eID) and authentication
  • Electronic Invoicing (eInvoicing)
  • Electronic procurement (eProcurement)
  • Electronic services (eServices)
  • Electronic signature (eSignature)
  • Online dispute resolution (ODR)
  • Open data
  • Pan-European proxy Service (PEPS)

(As CEF-Telecom related keywords are not yet included in the choice of “specialist fields” in the “area of expertise” section of the registration platform, those with expertise in any of the example domains listed above should mention these in the “open keywords” sub-section.)

Expertise is also required on cross-cutting issues such as:

  • Innovation
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Project financing
  • Project evaluation

Prospective independent experts should also have appropriate language skills (English is usually the common language for assignments) for the tasks to be carried out.