About SAF€RA 

  • Building up sustainable channels for communication and effective instruments for collaborative research between national programme owners and/or managers aiming at the creation of a Joint Programme on industrial safety.
  • Increasing awareness about the importance of research in the field of industrial safety as a major contributor to a dynamic knowledge-based economy and promoting cost-benefit aspects of industrial safety as well as working to strengthen the impact of this research at the EU, national and international levels thus enhancing the competitiveness of European industry.
  • 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 a Joint Programme 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.
List of Participants
 No Organization name
 Short name
 1  Finnish Institute of Occupational Health  FIOH  Finland
 2  Ministry of Social Affairs and Health  MSAH  Finland
 3  Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency  Tukes  Finland
 4  Czech Technology Platform on Industrial Safety  CZ-TPIS  Czech Republic
 5  Institut National de l´Environnement Industriel et des Risques  INERIS  France
 6  Ministère de l'écologie, du développement durable, des transports et du logement  MEDDTL  France
 7  Fondation pour une Culture de Sécurité Industrielle  FonCSI  France
 8  Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung  BAM  Germany
 9  Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology  BMWi  Germany
 10  National Center for Scientific Research  DEMOKRITOS  Greece
 11  Italian Workers' Compensation Authority  INAIL  Italy
 12  TNO Built Environment and Geosciences  TNO  Netherlands
 13  Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment  IenM  Netherlands
 14  Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment  MINSZW  Netherlands
 15  Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu –
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
 RIVM  Netherlands
 16  Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute  CIOP-PIB  Poland
 17  Ministry of Education and Science  MNP  Republic of Serbia
 18  Instituto Vasco de Seguridad y Salud Laborales  OSALAN  Spain
 19  Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia  IDEA  Spain
 20 Research Council of Norway  RCN Norway

What is an ERANET ?

The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions:

  • 'ERA-NET actions' - providing a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities e.g. by developing joint activities or by mutually supporting joint calls for trans-national proposals.
  • 'ERA-NET Plus actions'- providing, in a limited number of cases with high European added value, additional EU financial support to facilitate joint calls for proposals between national and/or regional programmes.
Under the ERA-NET scheme, national and regional authorities identify research programmes they wish to coordinate or open up mutually. The participants in these actions are therefore programme 'owners' (typically ministries or regional authorities defining research programmes) or programme 'managers' (such as research councils or other research funding agencies managing research programmes).

More information under:

Reports from the European Commission:

Summary of the Impact Assessment Study of the ERA-NET scheme under the Sixth Framework Programme

In April 2007, the European Commission, through the Directorate-General for Research, commissioned Matrix Insight1 to evaluate the impact of the ERA-NET scheme and related ERA-NET actions under the 6th Community Framework Programme for Research (FP6). The study focused on 71 ERA-NET coordination actions launched under the FP6 ERA-NET scheme in the 27 Member States of the European Union, Associated countries and Third countries over the FP6 period (i.e. 2002-2006)2. Rambøll Management and independent experts supported Matrix Insight in delivering the impact assessment.

ERA-NETs going further, faster 

The ERA-NET scheme was launched, as a complete novelty, in 2002 under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6 2002-06). It was designed ‘to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national and regional level in the Member States and associated countries, through the networking of research programmes, including their mutual opening and the development of joint programmes’.

As such, it constituted an important element in the drive towards the creation of the European Research Area (ERA), helping, in particular, to restructure the fabric of research in Europe.

Provisions for the preparation of ERA-NET actions and their practical implementation 

The ERA-NET scheme is one of the tools of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to support the coordination of non-Community research programmes. It is implemented under both the ACooperation and Capacities programmes of FP7. This document expresses the current views of Research Directorate General of the European Commission.

Survey on joint activities in individual ERA-NETs

This report presents the results of a survey conducted in the Winter 2006/2007 about the joint activities of undertaken by ERA-NETs (Coordination Actions) funded by the European Commission.

VINNOVA’s experience of ERA-Net and corresponding programmes during the Sixth Framework Programme, plus its management of new proposals

At the commencement of the Seventh Framework Programme, VINNOVA found it appropriate to study how ERA-Net projects/programmes in which VINNOVA is participating or has participated have actually been realised and implemented. With what culture and rationale have ERA-Nets been initiated and developed? What sort of resource input has there been? In the Seventh Framework Programme, how can VINNOVA benefit from the experiences gained and find more precise indicators for taking part or declining participation?