The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) supports the implementation of TEN / CEF on behalf of the European Commission. It finalises the grant agreements with beneficiaries and evaluates reports as well as interim and final audits. Its main task is to ensure that the technical and financial administration of the programmes is conducted efficiently.
An application can only be submitted in response to an appropriate call by INEA. The call describes exactly what kind of projects are to be funded. Calls are published separately for the multiannual programme (usually large-scale projects) and the annual programme.
Before an application is submitted, the planning status and financing of the project should be clear. The application process is subject to tight deadlines. It is thus advisable that applicants familiarise themselves with the tendering details at an early stage.
Public or private sector corporations may only submit an application if the Member State on whose territory the project is to be carried out has agreed to it. This means that the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) must review and approve applications beforehand so that they can be admitted to the application process. To this end, the BMVI determines its own deadlines. Please find all deadlines and important aspects regarding ongoing calls below:
Ongoing CEF call
The following information is to give interested parties and potential applicants an overview of how the BMVI provides information about ongoing calls. In this way, they can acquaint themselves with the administrative procedures at an early stage.
Call CEF Transport Blending Facility
On 15 November 2019, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) opened another call for transport grant applications. Under this call, funds are only provided for projects that combine CEF grants with loan financing from an implementing partner.
The facility has a volume of 198 million euros and funds are only made available for works.
Applications may be exclusively submitted by parties who are financially supported by an implementing partner. Implementing partners are the EIB or state promotional banks that are still to be designated (corresponding negotiations are ongoing). When making an application, it should be possible to select partners from a drop down menu in the application editor. Only projects with a CEF grant of at least 1 million euros and a loan of at least 5 million euros are eligible.
Applicants must submit the grant application form via the European Commission’s electronic portal, TENtec, until 14 February 2020 at 17:00 hrs Brussels time for the first cut-off date.
In order to complete the application, the implementing partner must submit the application folder with project report, grant application form and project eligibility checklist until 16 March 2020 at 17:00 hrs Brussels time to the European Commission for the first cut-off date.
A specific rolling call for applications with quarterly cut-off dates until March 2021 will be published, unless the budget has been used up earlier.
INEA will, together with the European Commission, stage an information day on 5 December 2019 to explain the priorities and contents. This information day will also provide information on the submission of applications and background information to applicants. It will be virtually accessible.
Applicants interested in advisory services on funding options in the context of the blending facility can contact the European Investment Advisory HUB (EIAH) by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The table below shows the budget for the priorities:
|Priority||Investment in € millions|
|Deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)||99|
|Deployment of Alternative Fuels||99|
General information regarding grant applications
The first cut-off date for the submission of blending facility applications to INEA is 14 February 2020/16 March 2020 at 17:00 hrs Brussels time in each case.
INEA will not accept applications for funding unless they have been confirmed by the Member State. Applications without Member State confirmation do not comply with the required form and will thus not be taken into account for the evaluation and award procedure.
To ensure that every application that concerns Germany (German applicant, project implementation in Germany or German party/parties involved in the project) can be reviewed and confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Part A of the application form must be made accessible to the Ministry already one month prior to the respective cut-off date (7 January 2020 for first cut-off date) via the TENtec portal.
The following persons are to be entered into the TENtec tool as "contributors":
|Frank Zwielichemail@example.com||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2631|
|Karen Vargas Gamezfirstname.lastname@example.org||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2633|
|Silvia Ehrekeemail@example.com||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2634|
|Lina Harmsfirstname.lastname@example.org||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2635|
|Theresa Gengemail@example.com||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2636|
|Stefanie Reinckefirstname.lastname@example.org||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2637|
|Antje Belowemail@example.com||Tel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2638|
If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure by telephone or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.