SAF€RA’s 2013 joint call

Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety

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).

Funding available

The total available budget for the 2013 call was 3.4 M€. Several forms of funding were 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.

Call timeline

Publication of the callSeptember 23 2013
Deadline for submissions (single stage call)29 November 2013
Reply on proposal eligibility10 December 2013
Evaluation of eligible proposalsby 15 January 2014
Recommendation for funding at a SAF€RA levelby the end of January 2014
National funding decisionsJanuary to March 2014
Projects startFebruary to April 2014
Project duration2014 to 2016

Call documentation

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.
  • 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 2013 joint call, please email the call secretariat at 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.

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