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CEF D – Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations – Studies – 2022

CEF D - Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations – Studies aiming at enhancing the availability and access to trustworthy cloud offerings throughout the EU

3 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Justice, Security, Defence Research & Innovation Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries Large company (> 250 employees) Local Authority & Affiliated Entity Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees) State administration & affiliated entities
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To enhance the availability and access to trustworthy cloud offerings throughout the EU
  • To interconnect new cloud infrastructures with other cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures, in order to make available computing capacity according to the demand of new applications with high processing requirements and/or low latency


  • Priority 1: to explore interconnection needs and prepare for future deployment of Gigabit links
  • Priority 2: to improve the availability and resilience of cloud services and their protection against cyberthreats
  • Priority 3: to set up infrastructures where existing infrastructure cannot satisfy proper seamless functioning of resources
  • Priority 4: to cover future investment needs and required technology for the interconnection of cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures

Among financed actions

  • Analysis of investment needs related to the development and deployment of cross-border and national infrastructures for cloud interconnections as well as cloud interconnections with HPC and edge infrastructures at both the physical and functional levels 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
  • Analysis of technological needs and carbon footprint relevant for the interconnection of the aforementioned networks and resources
  • Analysis of cybersecurity risks that future operators of essential services related to connectivity involved in the interconnection of cloud infrastructures would need to address
  • Any preparatory work required prior to signing a contract with a supplier for the deployment of backbone networks for cloud federations

Additional information

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


  • Be a legal person (public or private entity)
  • Be established in Member States
  • Participation in any capacity (as beneficiary, affiliated entity, associated partner, subcontractor or recipient of financial support to third parties) is limited to entities from eligible countries project activities (included subcontracted work) must take place in eligible countries
  • Total budget of the call: 3 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: around 1 million euro
  • Cofinancing rate: up to 50% of the total eligible costs

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