SAF€RA’s 2014 call

Innovating in safety and safe innovations

Date: 2014-05-15

The SAF€RA ERA-NET on industrial safety launched its second joint call for transnational, collaborative research projects concerning Innovating in safety and safe innovations. The call aimed 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. The call topics were:

  • Managing emerging risks
  • New technologies for safety

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

Funding available

The total available budget for the 2014 call is approx. 2 M€. Two forms of funding are available:

  • research grants for researchers from universities, institutes, research organizations and public firms;
  • person-months for personnel from certain participating institutes and research organizations.

Most projects funded within this call will be relatively small (2 to 4 partners, duration between 12 and 36 months, funding between 20 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.

Call timeline

The 2014 joint call will use a two-stage application process with a pre-proposal mechanisms for the first stage. The calendar of the various stages is shown below.

Publication of the callMay 15 2014
Deadline for submissions of pre-proposals10 July 2014
Information sent to applicants on results of the first stage. Requests for full proposals are sent to selected applicants, and collaborations proposed to single-nation applicants. 15 September 2014
Deadline for submission of full proposals30 October 2014
National funding decisions transmitted to applicantsFebruary to March 2015
Projects startFebruary to April 2015
Project duration2015 to 2017

Call documentation

The following documents are available:

  • The Call text contains the scientific description of the topics concerned by the 2014 joint call on Innovating in safety and safe innovations.
  • 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 pre-proposal form is available in Microsoft Word (.doc) or OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt) formats.
  • Templates for the SAF€RA progress reports, which must be sent to the SAF€RA Call Secretariat by the project coordinator on behalf of the project consortium. The mid-term reporting template should be submitted halfway through your project, assuming the project has a duration greater than 18 months. A final report should be sent by all projects, within two months of the end of the project.

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

Contact information

For general queries concerning the 2014 joint call, please email the call secretariat at call-secretariat@safera.eu. Make sure you read the call documents above and check the list of frequently asked questions first.

If you have questions concerning the eligibility criteria of specific funding organizations, please check the contact information provided in the Guidelines for proposers document, which can be downloaded above.

Image credit: oneeighteen, Creative Commons BY-NC licence.

Deadline for full proposals June 27th 2016