Connecting Europe Facility - CEF Transport

Published on:
29 November 2021
Last checked on:
16 June 2023

The Connecting Europe Facility for Transport (CEF Transport) is a European Union subsidy scheme. The scheme co-finances and supports investments in the trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T network). Investments should focus on the completion and modernisation of the TEN-T network. The Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) manages CEF Transport.

Based on the CEF Transport work programme 2021-2027, CINEA launched the 2022 CEF Transport call for proposals on 13 September 2023. The call for proposals closed on 18 January 2023 at 17:00 CET.  The CEF Transport call 2023 is expected to open in late summer.

To apply, you need written approval from the Member State that will benefit from your project. Your project can involve research, work or both.

Projects that qualify for funding

The call for proposals is for:

  • Infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T (railways, inland waterways, maritime and inland ports, roads, rail-road terminals and multimodal logistics platforms);
  • Smart applications for transport (ERTMS, ITS, SESAR, RIS, and so on);
  • Transport interoperability;
  • Alternative fuel infrastructure, including electricity fast-charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure on the TEN-T road network. For recharging points for EVs and HDVs, please check the eligibility using the map (select ‘layers’ then ‘AFIF eligibility maps’);
  • Motorways of the sea;
  • Multimodal passenger hubs;
  • Reduction of rail freight noise;
  • Safe and secure parking infrastructure;
  • Road safety;
  • Improvement of transport infrastructure resilience to climate change and natural disasters, among other things;
  • Adaptation of transport infrastructure for external border checks;
  • Adaptation of the TEN-T to civilian-defence dual-use.

How to apply for CEF Transport

Contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to submit a project idea form.

  • The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will check your project idea form. If the ministry approves your idea, you will receive a signed form to continue the application process after you have completed your application. Without this signed form, you cannot apply for CEF Transport. We will inform you of the ministries' opinion within 10 days.
  • You must give us access to your application in the CINEA submission tool eGrants for us to read. You must upload the signed approval form with your application to CINEA.

Alternative Fuels Infrastructure facility (AFIF)

The objective of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF) call for proposal is to support the deployment of alternative fuel supply infrastructure, contributing to decarbonising transport along the TEN-T network.

With a total budget of €1.5 billion, the AFIF funds actions by the combination of CEF grants with financial support from financial institutions. It is implemented through a rolling call for proposals which was launched on 16 September 2021, with five cut-off dates for the submission of proposals until the end of 2023.


Cutoff dates Submisson project idea form 80% version application Final submission
1 1 November 2021 1 December 2022 19 January 2022
2 1 April 2022 1 May 2022 7 June 2022
3 1 September 2022 1 October 2022 10 November 2022
4 1 February 2023 1 March 2023 13 April 2023
5 19 August 2023 19 September 2023 7 November 2023

Military Mobility

In line with the Action Plan on Military Mobility 2.0, this call aims to co-fund projects that adjust sections of the TEN-T network to meet both civilian and defence needs.

The Military Mobility call supports projects concerning studies, works or mixed projects (covering both studies and works) for all transport modes. Projects must be located on the TEN-T and the EU military transport network and must take into account the infrastructure requirements applicable to certain categories of dual-use infrastructure projects, as set out in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1328.


Submission project idea form 80% version application Complete version Final submission
3 July 2023 28 August 2023 11 September 2023 21 September 2023

Environmental compliance form

Does your project include on-site (physical) interventions that affect protected nature areas or water organisations (bodies)? If so, you need written statements from the responsible authorities in the Netherlands. In most cases, you will need statements from regional authorities.

Please contact these authorities at the earliest stage possible as it may take some time to process your request.
Please contact us for authorities’ names and addresses at

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
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