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Motorways of the Sea: studies, works or mixed
Connecting Europe Facility for Transport
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The general objective is to modernise transport infrastructure on the Core and Comprehensive Networks of the TEN-T.
In accordance with Article 9(2)(b)(i) of the CEF Regulation, studies and / or works related to projects concerning Motorways of the Sea will be supported with the objective to alleviate congestion and/or to reduce the environmental impact of transport through short sea shipping links.
The projects must relate to:
- the upgrade of port infrastructure, hinterland connections and dedicated terminals, where required to establish or expand such short sea shipping links with a focus on cross-border short-sea shipping. Such projects must involve at least one Core Network port in a Member State and another Core or Comprehensive Network port in another Member State. The investments between the ports should be reasonably balanced.
Port infrastructure required for the establishment or upgrade of the maritime link may include, amongst others:
- Providing or improving inland waterways/road/rail access and connectivity with the ports’ hinterland e.g. through the upgrade of the road, railway or inland waterway last mile connections;
- Basic port infrastructure such as turning basins, quay walls, berths, jetties, backfills, land reclamations, which are improving the efficiency of the maritime ports and their integration within the TEN-T network. The backfills and land reclamation could be supported as interventions to create space for construction of other basic port infrastructure, e.g. a berth, quay walls, etc, but should not lead to significant added capacity (i.e. increased surface or creation of new terminals, logistics/cargo handling areas, etc.). Support can also be given to fixed ramps, gangways, auto-mooring systems and other fixed infrastructure needed for the short sea shipping link;
- Port access aiming at providing safe maritime access in the form of breakwaters, access channels, fairways, locks and navigational aids (e.g. radar, buoys);
- Shore-side electricity supply including an upgrade of electrical grid within the port if it is needed for the shore-side electricity supply;
- Port reception facilities for oil and other waste (including residues from exhaust gas cleaning systems) to meet environmental requirements;
- Improvement of port handling capacity through the construction or upgrade of freight and/or passenger terminals, safe and secure parkings (the necessity of the safe and secure parking areas should be clearly demonstrated in the proposal), investments in customs, phytosanitary, immigration or security facilities but excluding administrative / office buildings, passenger car parks, warehouses, storage areas and facilities, etc., and excluding mobile superstructure (e.g. port/terminal equipment and vehicles, mobile ramps, etc.).
- Digitalisation of port operations, excluding support to shipping operators.
- Projects facilitating the provision and use of short sea shipping but not linked to specific ports such as ICT platforms, facilities for ice-breaking or activities ensuring year-round navigability. Such projects should benefit and be used by the wider maritime community and must include the participation of at least two entities from two different Member States.
Maritime vessels will not be supported except for ice-breaking activities.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, Norway (Norge), Ukraine (Україна)
International organization, Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Projects under Motorways of the Sea (topic id: CEF-T-2023-SUSTMOBGEN-MOS-WORKS) related to the establishment or upgrade of a short sea shipping link shall involve at least one TEN-T Core Network port in a Member State and another Core or Comprehensive Network port in another Member State. Projects related to the provision and use of short sea shipping, yet not linked to a specific port, shall involve the participation of at least two applicants from two different EU Member States.
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.
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- Third countries associated to the CEF Programme (list of participating countries)
- 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 2 calls for proposals:
- CEF-T-2023-SUSTMOBGEN-MOS-WORKS: Motorways of the Sea – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-SUSTMOBGEN-MULTHUB-Studies: Multimodal passenger hubs – Studies
In order to ensure efficiency in EU funding interventions, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications for projects with a total requested EU contribution to the eligible costs of no less than EUR 1 000 000. Where possible, related projects should be grouped and submitted as one proposal.
The grant will be a budget-based mixed actual cost grant (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement:
- maximum 50% for the costs of studies,
- maximum 30% for the costs of works for proposals related to ‘multimodal passenger hubs’,
- maximum 50% for the costs of works for proposals related to ‘Motorways of the Sea’, and
- maximum 70% for the costs of works in outermost regions.
Please be aware that project management costs (including related tasks, such as consortium-internal progress meetings, project reporting etc.) should not exceed 10% of total costs for the project.
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.
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.
CEF 2 Transport- Projects related to sustainable and multimodal mobility – General envelope Call documentCEF 2 Transport- Projects related to sustainable and multimodal mobility – General envelope Call document(532kB)