Inland waterways and ports – studies, works or mixed

European Comission

13 September 2022
18 January 2023
For profit
Not for profit (incl. NGOs)
Public sector
R&D and Higher Education
French Polynesia
French Southern and Antarctic Territories
New Caledonia
Saint Barthélemy
Sint Maarten
St. Eustatius
St. Pierre and Miquelon
Wallis and Futuna
Energy, Climate and Environment
Research, Development and Innovation Engineering and Technology
Research, Development and Innovation Natural Sciences
Transport, Infrastructure and ICT

Objective :

The objective is to develop inland waterways transport infrastructure projects on the Core Network of the TEN-T.

Scope :

studies and / or works on inland waterways, related to:

  • upgrade of waterways and related infrastructure such as locks and weirs/dams in order to achieve stable or improved navigation conditions, performance and/or more capacity for the passage of vessels or to ensure good navigation status;
  • creation of new waterways and related infrastructure (locks, weirs/dams, bridges);
  • construction/lifting/upgrading of locks and movable bridges, to improve the passage of vessels and convoys;
  • automation of waterway infrastructure (e.g. locks, weirs/dams, bridges) to improve its operation and monitoring;
  • increasing of under-bridge clearance;
  • ensuring year-round navigability e.g. by means of hydrological services, ice-breaking facilities and capital dredging;
  • waterside infrastructure including the creation and/or upgrade of infrastructure for mooring and waterborne operations along a waterway. This means that works can concern infrastructure and facilities for mooring and waterborne operations along the TEN-T waterways at sites which are not included in the Annex II.2 of the TEN-T Regulation n°1315/2013. These can only concern the development of waterside infrastructure such as quays for mooring and/or transhipments and/or shoreside electricity installation.
  • interconnection between inland waterways and maritime transport.

Studies and / or works on inland ports, with the possibility to include studies, related to:

  • access, including safe access through navigational aids, of inland ports to inland waterways;
  • basic and water-side infrastructure in inland ports, including shore-side electricity supply;
  • port reception facilities for oil and other waste (including residues from exhaust gas cleaning systems) and infrastructure for degassing vessels to meet environmental requirements;
  • providing or improving road/rail access and connections within inland ports;
  • ensuring year-round navigability by means of e.g. hydrological services, ice-breaking facilities and dredging of the port and port approaches.

Water-side infrastructure development projects shall mean infrastructure that enhances the navigability capacity in the meaning of Articles 15 and 16 of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 or improves the multimodal connection of waterborne transport operations. This excludes infrastructure that does not directly benefit waterborne transport operations.

Waterside infrastructure development projects that improve the navigability capacity and the multimodal connection of waterborne transport can include elements of storage and transhipment facilities and equipment. However, these are only eligible if they are fully integrated in, and a minor part of, an inland waterborne infrastructure project. In other words, proposals that focus on storing and transhipment facilities and equipment rather than on infrastructure will not be considered eligible. Moreover, facilities and equipment that are not used specifically for transhipment from/to inland waterway transport will also not be considered eligible. Support will not be given to infrastructure dedicated to cruise ships, except as regards shore-side electricity supply.

Hinterland connections to the inland ports are covered by the respective transport mode priorities but may be part of a single project (for instance a project improving the rail access both within and outside the port area).

In accordance with Article 9(2)(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 shall 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.



  1. Admissibility conditions: described in section 5 of the call document

Proposal page limits and layout: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System

  1. Eligible countries: described in section 6 of of the call document

  2. Other eligibility conditions: described in section 6 of the call document

  3. Financial and operational capacity and exclusion: described in section 7 of the call document

  4. Evaluation and award:

  • Award criteria, scoring and thresholds: described in section 9 of the call document
  • Submission and evaluation processes : described section 8 of the call document and the Online Manual
  • Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 4 of the call document

6 . Legal and financial set-up of the grants: described in section 10 of the call document


Call document:

Call document CEF-T-2022-COREGEN

Application form and annexes:

Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System (NOT the documents available on the Topic page - these are only for information).

Application form (Part A and B)

Detailed budget table per WP

Timetable (Gantt Chart)

Letter of support (MS agreement)

Environmental compliance file

Full CBA cash flow template

Simplified CBA calculator

Additional documents

CEF Model Grant Agreement MGA

Decision on unit costs for SME owners

Decision on unit costs for CEF average personnel costs (usual cost accounting practices)

CINEA Guide on economic appraisal for CEF Transport Projects

Multiannual work programme 2021-2027 for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility - Transport sector for the period 2021-2023

CEF regulation 2021/1153

TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013

EU Financial Regulation 2018/1046

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