11 new CEF calls to improve digital connectivity

11 new CEF calls to improve digital connectivity

The European Union’s digital transformation is accelerating, thanks to the first calls of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2021-2027. The European Commission has just launched a total of 11 new calls with a deadline for applications on the 22nd of March. These new calls are addressed to public or private bodies and joint ventures and legal entities, established in EU Member States.

The 5 CEF areas

The CEF 2021-2027 programme has a budget of 258 million euros to improve digital connectivity infrastructures, made up entirely of grants, and is divided into five areas of action:

· 5G for smart communities, with a budget of 25 million euros.

· 5G coverage in transport corridors, with a budget of 106 million euros.

· Backbone networks for pan-European cloud federations, with a budget of 80 million euros.

· Backbone connectivity for global digital portals, with a budget of 40 million euros.

· Coordination and support actions for operational digital platforms, the 5G strategic deployment agenda and integration of 5G corridors and communities with edge computing and federated cloud facilities, with a budget of 7 million euros.

With Kaila, you can learn the ins and outs of each of the eleven calls, find out more here.

CEF 2027 – 11 CALLS

CEF-DIG-2021-5GCORRIDORS-STUDIES | 5G coverage along transport corridors – Studies

Objective:As of 2021, there were no operational 5G corridors in Europe. However, large-scale trials for testing, demonstration, and validation purposes have been conducted at different locations across Europe…[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 6.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-5GCORRIDORS-WORKS | 5G coverage along transport corridors – Works

Objective:This topic aims to support an early wave of deployment actions for 5G systems deployment along transport paths for connected and automated mobility (CAM) including safety and non-safety services. …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 100.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-GATEWAYS-STUDIES | Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways – Studies

Objective:The objective of this topic is to deploy strategic networks as part of the Digital Global Gateway Strategy of the EU, contributing to strengthen the quality of connectivity within the Union as well as with …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 10.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-GATEWAYS-WORKS | Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways – Works

Objective:The objective of this call is to support the deployment of strategic networks as part of the Digital Global Gateway Strategy of the EU, contributing to strengthen the quality of connectivity within the Union …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 30.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-5GSMARTCOM-WORKS | 5G Smart Communities – Works

Objective:The aim of this call is to support the early deployment of 5G-based systems that enable use cases for certain socio-economic drivers (SEDs). Within the context of this call, the targeted SEDs are public authorities …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 25.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-TA-PLATFORMS | Preparation of works for Operational digital platforms

Objective:Operational digital platforms (including this CSA), as one of CEF Digital Synergy actions, aim to support EU environmental and energy targets, by providing both technologies and connectivity to enable …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 4.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-CLOUD-FED-WORKS | Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations – Works

Objective:CEF Digital aims to stimulate the commercial offering of cloud services throughout the EU. The cloud capacity will be strengthened and users will have access to multiple computing resources as a resultf…[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 65.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-CLOUD-DNS-WORKS | Equipping backbone networks with high-performance and secure DNS resolution infrastructures – Works

Objective:This topic will support the deployment of a recursive European DNS resolver service infrastructure (hereafter DNS4EU) serving socio-economic drivers, public, corporate and residential internet end-users in the EU…[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 14.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-TA-5GAGENDA | 5G Strategic Deployment Agenda coordination

Objective:This CSA will – in close cooperation with the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking – coordinate the development of 5G Strategic Deployment Agendas in the area of 5G for CAM.This includes the develop …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 1.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-TA-5GINTEGRA | Integration of 5G with edge computing and federated cloud facilities

Objective:The main objective of this CSA is to accelerate the development of edge computing solutions as part of 5G corridors and 5G local communities and to ensure an integrated approach with the development …[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 2.000.000 €


CEF-DIG-2021-CLOUD-OTHER-STUDIES | Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations with other cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures – Studies

Objective:Federated cloud infrastructures will gradually need to be interconnected with other cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures. The objective of this topic is to fund feasibility studies for these interconnections…[read more]

Opening date: 12/01/2022 | Deadline: 22/03/2022 | Budget: 1.000.000 €