The original ERA-NET SAF€RA

SAF€RA was originated as an ERA-NET project entitled 'Coordination of European Research on Industrial Safety towards Smart and Sustainable Growth' that was funded for three years by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (Grant agreement no: 291812). Under the ERA-NET scheme it identified areas of joint interest and expected synergies of collaborative research, and stimulated transnational research on industrial safety. The aim of ERA-NET SAF€RA was to build a sustainable network, and collaboration has indeed continued beyond the project, which ended in March 2015.

Within an ambitious timescale, the first joint call for research project proposals was launched in 2013 on theme “Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety”, and the second one in 2014 on theme “Innovating in safety and safe innovations”. The calls attracted in total nearly 100 applications, with applicants from 20 European countries. 17 collaborative, transnational projects were funded, with total SAF€RA funding of approx. 3.7 M€. The projects are presented in the project database available at the SAF€RA call website,

Duration  3 years / 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2015

EU Funding  1.5 M€

Partners  20 partners from 11 European countries

Coordinator  Finnish Institute of Occupational Health


  • Building up sustainable channels for communication and effective instruments for collaboration between national programme owners and/or managers and promoting the creation of collective, strategic coalitions at a European level
  • Increasing awareness about the importance of research in the field of industrial safety as a major contributor to a dynamic knowledge-based economy as well as working to strengthen the impact of this research at the EU, national and international levels
  • Exploiting synergies and avoiding duplications of research and development among the partners of the Consortium and reducing fragmentation of the European Research Area by increased coordination
  • Establishing joint programmes of transnational research projects between the involved Member States,materializing in a pilot programme collaborating research projects between the SAF€RA partners and serving as a test bed for the future joint programming
  • Developing and implementing common, joint, strategic activities to establish a durable European network for cooperation between key actors in the field of industrial safety


  • European Research Area on industrial safety
  • Identification of the future challenges related to industrial safety in the EU
  • Durable European research network related to industrial safety
  • European and national strategies and research priorities related to industrial safety
  • Establishing effective dissemination and promotion to implement industrial safety in the EU


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291812.