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Rail: studies, works or mixed
Connecting Europe Facility for Transport
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The objective is to develop rail transport infrastructure projects on the Core Network of the TEN-T.
Studies and / or works, related to:
- construction/upgrading of cross-border and missing links;
- capacity and performance upgrade of existing lines, including removal of level-crossings and upgrades necessary for 740 meter long trains and upgrades necessary to facilitate international rail passenger and freight transport;
- capacity increase in nodes, including as regards a better articulation of long-distance and local traffic;
- interconnections between rail and other modes of transport, in particular inland waterway and maritime transport and projects aimed at the integration of the rail and air networks to make the feeder network for long-haul flights more sustainable. Projects located exclusively within the perimeter of inland ports and maritime ports must be submitted under those priorities respectively;
- connections of freight terminals to the TEN-T Network, including the construction/upgrade of the railway infrastructure component of the terminals;
- electrification of line tracks and upgrade/construction of electrification systems.
Support will not be given to railway stations, except for railway infrastructure components. If the project includes such components, they should be presented as a separate work package. Support will not be given to activities related to the Class B systems nor to rolling stock.
Support to track side ERTMS deployment, interlockings and/or GSM-R components will only be granted under ERTMS (section 6.2.1 ‘Projects related to smart and interoperable mobility’ of the Work Programme), in the form of Unit Contribution.
Projects shall comply with the provisions of Directive (EU) 2016/797 and with the related Technical Specifications for Interoperability. Where relevant, projects should also be compatible with the alignment of operating procedures across borders in order to ensure the most effective use of the supported infrastructure.
In accordance with Article 9(2), point (a)(i) of the CEF Regulation, projects addressing the Core Network may include related elements on the Comprehensive Network, when necessary to optimize the investment. These elements may form up to 10% of the total eligible costs of the project and should be presented as a separate work package.
Facilities and infrastructure supported under CEF must be accessible for use by all operators on a non-discriminatory basis.
Regions / countries for funding
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.
- be established in one of the Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund
- Project applications located in associated third countries are eligible for funding in the present calls under the conditions set out in Article 8(1) of the TEN-T Regulation (EU) N° 1315/2013 and Articles 5(2) and 9(2) of the CEF Regulation (EU) 2021/1153.
- Exceptional funding — Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible for projects of common interest in the field of transport if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the project.
- Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legalpersonality separate from that of the natural person).
- International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
- Entities without legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guaranteesfor the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies can NOT be part of the consortium.
other eligibility criteria
Financial support to third parties is not allowed.
The available call budget is split between 4 calls for proposals:
- CEF-T-2023-CORECOEN-IWWP-WORKS: Inland waterways and ports – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-CORECOEN-MARP-WORKS: Maritime ports – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-CORECOEN-RAIL-WORKS: Rail – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-CORECOEN-ROADS-WORKS: Roads, rail-road terminals and multimodal logistics platforms – studies, works or mixed
The foreseen duration of the works and mixed projects should be 4-5 years maximum. For studies projects it should be 2-3 years maximum. In both cases, the end date set in the Grant Agreement will not be later than 31.12.2028.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 24 and 60 months
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), and the summarised budget for the project
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table per WP/calculator
- activity reports of last year (unless exempted from operational capacity check; see section 7 of call document)
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)
- timetable/Gantt chart
- agreement of the concerned Member State (letter of support)
- cost benefit analysis:
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) above EUR 10 000 000: full cost-benefit analysis (CBA) (report and cash flow template)
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) below EUR 10 000 000: simplified CBA calculator
- environmental compliance file (for works, for studies with physical interventions and for studies without physical interventions.
For applications concerning projects subject to an EIA, you may include a summary of the climate proofing process in the Portal Submission System under “Other Annexes".
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 120 pages.