September 15, 2015
The eighth SAF€RA Press Release focusing on the continuation of the joint research programming on industrial safety is available here. more

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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Joint Research Programming on Industrial Safety will Continue

Members of the previously EU-funded ERA-NET SAF€RA agreed to continue Joint Research Programming on Industrial Safety and prepare its 3rd joint call.
The new SAF€RA cooperation is an open partnership with 19 partners from 10 countries, and new members are welcomed to join the network. The cooperation will focus on research programming and launching joint calls in the field of industrial safety. Currently, SAF€RA is preparing its third joint call which is expected to open in January 2016.

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.