The European Commission is releasing €800 million of funding for projects of common interest (PCIs) in the areas of electricity, gas and smart grids infrastructure. The 2017 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy is now open and submissions can be made until the 12th of October. Projects submitted in response to this call will be evaluated in November and December 2017, and the results will be communicated in early 2018.
Proposed projects, which can be either studies or construction works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks to energy flow and end energy isolation of EU countries.
Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible here. To be eligible to apply for CEF funding, projects must be designated Projects of Common Interest (PCIs).
A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals at the email address: INEA-CEF-ENERGY-CALLS@ec.europa.eu. Moreover, an info day will be organized in June, exact date to be communicated later on.
REMINDER: On the 27th of March, the European Commission, DG Energy, opened a public consultation on the third list of PCIs for gas and electricity. Deadline: 19th of June. More information.