As part of the EU's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has decided which projects from the 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals will receive funding. Around 64 projects with a total value of €20 million will receive grants as part of efforts to boost trans-European telecommunications networks. Recipients include the University Hospitals of Tübingen and Frankfurt. Funding is divided into four categories:
Access to care and the quality of care will be improved through information and communication technologies (ICT). Specifically, work in the fields of ePrescriptions, patient records and the European Reference Networks (ERN). 45 proposals will receive CEF funding of almost €7.5 million.
2. Largest grant for cyber security
In order to protect national or governmental networks, projects to improve cyber security will be granted €7.9 million. A total of 12 proposals dealing with the protection of public and private data will receive funding, thus making an important contribution to protection against increasing dangers and threats in the net.
€4.2 million will be given to 4 projects that aim to help Member States carry out eProcurement in the future. eProcurement facilitates cross-border tendering and simplifies procedures for conducting electronic public procurement.
eDelivery refers to the secure, traceable, cross-border transmission of electronic data from one public administration to another public administration, business or individual. Three proposals will share a total of €630,000.