Improving transport networks
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport
CEF Transport, which is part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), is a financing instrument that supports the improvement and strengthening of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). By means of CEF Transport, the European Commission is building the core and comprehensive transport networks for goods and passengers in Europe. It is intended to connect all of the major hubs, transshipment terminals, ports, airports and cities. There is an increased focus on sustainable, safe and smart transport of goods and passengers.
CEF Transport overview
Government (national, provinces, municipalities)
Enterprises (port authorities, industrial, logistics and service-providing companies)
When to apply
Each year, a new call for proposals for CEF Transport is published. The most recent regular call was open from 13 September 2022 until 18 January 2023. A special military call to adapt the Trans-European Transport network for 'dual civilian and defence use' is open from 3 May until 21 September 2023.
From 2021 to 2027, CEF Transport has more than 25.8 billion euros available to support European projects.
The grant amounts are as follows:
- Studies or study projects with pilot activities: up to 50% of project costs
- Implementation projects: up to 30 to 50% of project costs
- Implementation projects for military mobility (dual use): up to 50% of project costs
Studies or study projects with pilot activities
Implementation projects for military mobility (dual use)
What does the CEF transport grant provide?
Besides investment costs for transport infrastructure, costs for investments in so-called synergetic elements are also eligible. These are investments related to other sectors from the CEF programme (CEF Energy and CEF Digital) and these costs may not exceed 20% of the total project costs.
CEF Transport themes
- Providing solutions for missing links in the transport network
- Removing existing infrastructural bottlenecks
- Improving the connections between the railroad networks and transport services of member countries
- Improving cross-border infrastructure
- Improving the (climate)resilience of infrastructure
- Reducing noise pollution from railways
- Developing and improving multimodal passenger hubs
- Creating safe and secure truck parking spaces
- Improving the sustainability and efficiency of transport systems
- Improving transport and infrastructural safety
- Making the switch to innovative, low-carbon, energy-efficient transport technologies.
Meet the requirements
CEF Transport conditions
There are a number of terms of eligibility associated with this grant scheme, including the following:
To qualify for financial support from CEF Transport, your project must be designated as a project of common interest (PCI).
A project is only eligible for CEF Transport if it has been approved by the countries in which the implementers of the project are located.
Start preparing a CEF Transport grant application on time. Besides a good justification of the project in the form of a project plan and budget, various statements from authorities should be attached.
In addition, prior to starting the application process, it can be useful to already carry out the cost-benefit analysis (mandatory for implementation projects) in order to gain insight into whether the project can qualify for the grant. EGEN has extensive experience with cost-benefit analyses in the context of the CEF Transport programme and can also support you in this phase of the application process.
Get in touch
What can EGEN do for you?
If you have ideas for a project that is a match for one of the CEF Transport themes, please tell us about them. We have already handled several successful CEF Transport grant applications and would be happy to help you too!
“The way in which we will travel and transport goods in the coming years is going to be more sustainable, and I am excited to be able to contribute to these physical changes. My perseverance in turning projects into a good-news story and bringing the right parties together is my main asset.”
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Apply for CEF grant
The CEF Transport grant application consists of 3 phases:
Writing the complete grant application consisting of: project plan, project budget, cost-benefit analysis (if implementing (Works) project) and other mandatory annexes (including Member State approval, environmental compliance file)
Submitting the CEF Transport grant application in the EU funding portal
Preparation of mandatory reports for CINEA. Your approved CEF Transport grant project is eminently an assignment for our EGEN consultants. We have all the expertise and knowledge you need to successfully submit the application. We can guide you through all the components involved in successfully submitting the application. When you receive the grant, our compliance department can support you with the project administration and preparing the final report.
Step 1: Writing
Step 2: Submitting
Step 3: Preparation
Part of CEF Transport
CEF Transport AFIF
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