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2018 CEF Telecom Call– €13 million to reinforce the EU's Cybersecurity capacity

The European Commission calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to reinforce the EU's cybersecurity capacity, with up to €13 million available in grant funding, open until the 22 November 2018.

Published on September 07, 2018

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that contribute to increasing the interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations, and thereby contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.

The call will allow Member States to limit the economic and political damage of cyber incidents, while reducing the overall costs of cyber security at the Member State level.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF); a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level will be presented at the 6th ENISA NCSS Workshop in Helsinki on the 18 September 2018.

What's in for me?

The call provides for co-funding to different types of entities to develop their cybersecurity capabilities, among which:

  • Entities concerned by the Directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive), specifically: national CSIRTs (Computer  Security Incident  Response  Teams), National Competent Authorities, Single Points of Contact, Digital Service Providers, and Operators of Essential Services. Proposals from Operators of Essential Services in the transport and energy sector are particularly welcome;
  • Entities dealing with Cooperative and  Connected  Automated Mobility, in order to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of both the infrastructure and the enabling data for safe, efficient and intelligent mobility;
  • Public bodies with a cooperation agreement with at least eight other Member States legally established to meet  European  Union  Policy objectives associated with  Operational Level Cyber Security.

The recordings of the Virtual Info Day on the Cyber Security call and application process are available here.

Here you can find all information you need on the call, as well as relevant documents.

Who is the contact point for this call?

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

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