First SAF€RA joint call on the theme "Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety" (CLOSED)

The SAF€RA ERA-NET on industrial safety has launched its first joint call for transnational research projects concerning Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety. The call aims to foster collaboration between researchers from different countries in Europe and from different scientific disciplines, in order to improve safety and the management of technological risks.

Funding countries participating in this call are Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Spain (Basque country and Andalucía).


The total available budget for the present call is 3.4 M€. Several forms of funding are available:

  • research grants for researchers from universities, institutes, research organizations and public firms;
  • man-hours for personnel from certain participating institutes and research organizations;
  • direct support and loans to firms for research and development activities.

Most projects funded within this call will be relatively small (2 to 4 partners, duration between 12 and 36 months, funding between 40 and 150 k€ per project partner). The call aims to fund mainly applied research carried out in universities or research institutes, though proposals from industry are also eligible. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Cooperation and joint activities between different consortia funded within the call will be encouraged.


  • Publication of the call - September 23, 2013
  • Deadline for submissions (single stage call) - November 29, 2013
  • Reply on proposal eligibility - December 10, 2013
  • Evaluation of eligible proposals - by January 15, 2014
  • Recommendation for funding at a SAF€RA level - by the end of January 2014
  • National funding decisions - January to March 2014
  • Projects start - February to April 2014
  • Project duration - 2014 to 2016


The following documents are available:

  • The Call text contains the scientific description of the topics concerned by the 2013 joint call on Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety.
  • The Guidelines for proposers contains the most important information for researchers wishing to submit a proposal.
  • The Guidelines for evaluators are written for the experts who will evaluate the projects, but will be useful to researchers wishing to understand the evaluation criteria.
  • The response form is available in Microsoft Word (.doc) or OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt) formats.

A web-based matchmaking facility is available to help researchers wishing to submit projects as a consortium to find partners.


Contact: For general queries concerning the 2013 joint call, please email the call secretariat at

Feedbacks and statistics:

The first joint call of the ERA-NET entitled Coordination of European Research on Industrial Safety towards Smart and Sustainable Growth (SAF€RA) attracted 53 applications. The call was open from September 23 to November 29, 2013. The topics of th is call concern Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety.

Some statistics on the applications received

  • 53 applications have been received
  • the sum of the budgets requested is 9.44 M€
  • the average consortium size is 2.4 partners (range between 1 and 5, of which 18 “single-
  • organization” applications)
  • applications come from 20 countries
  • applicant organizations are primarily from Spain (24), Finland (22), Italy (17), France (14) and Norway (12)
The proposals are evaluated by internationally recognized scientific experts by the end of January 2014. Based on the result of the evaluation, funding decisions are made at national/regional level, and projects approved for funding may start as early as February 2014.

List of the funded projects:

  • Design and development of a simulation tool for decision making in the management of health and safety based on Resilience Engineering, to promote a safety culture change process in MSW treatment companies (ASSESS-RE-TOOL), coordinator LIMASA, Spain

in collaboration with project (brought together by SAF€RA match-making process):

  • Improving resilience in waste transports, coordinator Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
  • Development and validation of a KPI-based method and a user-friendly software tool for resilience-focused measurement of OSH management system performance (KPI-OSH-Tool), coordinator CIOP-PIB, Poland
  • Exploring contributions of civil society to safety (ECCSSafe), coordinator Mutadis, France
  • Safety Preferences for Health-related Industrial Risks (SAPHIR), coordinator Toulouse School of Economics, France
  • How to become a resilient organization manager, coordinator Institute for an Industrial Safey Culture, France

in collaboration with project (brought together by SAF€RA match-making process):

  • Promoting Safety as an emergent property of a resilient system, coordinator University of Genova, Italy
  • Leadership on safety culture as a key factor for improving contractors management, coordinator i+3 Consultores, Spain
  • Socio Technical safety Assessment within Risk Regulation Regimes (STARS), coordinator VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  • Success in the face of uncertainty: human resilience and the accident bow-tie, coordinator White Queen BV, the Netherlands
  • Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities (TORC), coordinator Stiftelsen SINTEF, Norway
  • Value of Safety (VaLoSa), coordinator Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland