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CEF 2 Digital – Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations with other Cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures – Studies – 2021

The 2nd generation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF-2 programme) “Digital” strand (2021-2027) aims to support and catalyse investments in digital connectivity infrastructures of common interest.

1 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


To fund feasibility studies for these interconnections to anticipate the technical, legal and economic requirements to progressively establish a fully secured and highly energy-efficient European computing continuum


Priority 1 – Identify shortages that prevent the EU from holding digital independence while participating from the existing technological status quo

Priority 2 – Cover future investment needs and required technology for the interconnection of cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures

Among financed activities

  • Analysis of investment needs related to the development and deployment of cross-border and national cloud infrastructure interconnections at both the physical (i.e. very high capacity networks) and functional levels (i.e. management systems, software-defined infrastructures) for public sector end-users and private actors operating data infrastructures for services of general public interest across the EU
  • Analysis of economic sovereignty of deployed alternatives. This covers the analysis of total cost of ownership and of the relevant items that result in the extraction of the funding from the required value-chains
  • Analysis of technological needs relevant for the interconnection of the aforementioned networks and resources

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 12 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • The end users will be public administrations or public and private entities entrusted with the operation of SGIs or SGEIs
  • Total budget of the call: 80 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic “Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations with other Cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures – Studies”: 1 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: up to 1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 70% of the total eligible costs

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