SAF€RA was an ERA-NET (What is an ERA-NET?) and therefore aims at coordinating the research investment among the EU Member States in the field of industrial safety. Why an ERA-NET on industrial safety?

One of the key factors and prerequisites for long-lasting competitiveness of European industry is safety: it is an important and contributing part of a successful and well managed business. In order to allow uninterrupted production of goods and thus profitable industrial production processes, the goal of a business-oriented approach should be to guarantee that the industrial production process is safe. SAF€RA members agree to combine expertise from various scientific disciplines and stakeholders constituting a community, sharing knowledge about industrial safety and joining resources for cooperative research projects.
Upon an initiative of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS), the European Commission in the year 2011 launched a call to create an ERA-NET to coordinate research in industrial safety. Members of the EU co-funded ERA-NET SAF€RA identified needs for industrial safety and their common interest in cooperative research as expressed in their funding programmes. They established a Memorandum of Common Understanding and discussed research needs to be addressed in cooperative research and results from SAF€RA funded research.

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