Now open: CEF Transport MAP call for proposals

On 16 October 2019 the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Multi-annual Work Programme (MAP) call for proposals was published was published with a total budget of €1.4 billion. The EU intends to realise the timely and efficient completion of a number of key Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) projects that resolve the pending bottlenecks and missing links along to the Core Network.

What projects are eligible for funding?

In order to be eligible for CEF funding, proposals submitted should address works or studies along the following topics:

  1. Pre-identified projects on the Core Network (railways, inland waterways and inland ports, roads, maritime ports);
  2. European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS): on-board deployment (development of prototypes for the retrofit or upgrade of vehicles with ERTMS on-board equipment);
  3. Safe and secure infrastructure, including safe and secure parking on the road core network;
  4. Intelligent Transport Services for road [Cooperative](ITS);
  5. Single European Sky – SESAR;
  6. Actions implementing transport infrastructure in nodes of the core network, including urban nodes (passengers transport);
  7. Motorways of the Sea.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the evaluation criteria ‘maturity’ (operational preparedness) given that the current CEF MAP will be ending soon to make way for the subsequent programme. In this regard, projects should be completed at the latest by 31 December 2023.

How to apply for the CEF Transport Reflow MAP call for proposals?

Proposals can be submitted until 26 February 2020. This is a relatively tight deadline and as such we recommend starting the application process at the earliest. Especially given that all proposals have to give due evidence of their added value to the EU. Works proposals, aimed at operational/implementation projects, have to be accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis (CBA).

Funding contribution

The maximum EU contribution with regard to grants for studies is set at 50% of the eligible cost. The contribution for works shall be between 20% and 40% of the eligible costs depending on the topic.

Planning CEF Transport

At the end of the year, another CEF Transport call for proposals is due to be launched. This will also be the last funding round under the current multi-annual programme period (until 2020). For more information, please refer to our previous publication. The new CEF programme will begin in 2021 along the following three pillars: transport, energy and digital.

Proposal assessment – eligibility check

Hezelburcht has extensive experience with CEF Transport submissions. Our experts have successfully supported multiple CEF proposals. Interested in finding our if your project is eligible for CEF funding? Or would you like to find out more about this call? Get in touch with us – our experts will happily support you further.

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