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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport


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 2021 CEF Transport call for proposals on 16 September 2021. The call for proposals closed on 19 January 2022 at 17:00 CET. The dedicated call for the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF) is still open.

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 this 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.

Cutoff dates AFIF


Cutoff dates

Submission project idea form

 80% version application

Final submission

11 November 20211 December 202219 January 2022
21 April 20221 May 20227 June 2022
31 September 20221 October 202210 November 2022
41 February 20231 March 202313 April 2023
51 July 20231 August 202319 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

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