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2016 Call for proposals Professional training and industrial safety

FonCSI funds research on industrial safety and the management of technological risks. This call for proposals, “Professional training and industrial safety”, aims better to understand and to improve training and related skill-development mechanisms (including mentoring, the use of simulators, discussion within a community of practice) and their impact on industrial safety.

Project progress

This call for proposals is closed.

Theme : “Professional training and industrial safety”

The call concerns two topics:

  • Effectiveness of training and related mechanisms for skill development

It aims better to understand the benefits and the limits of mechanisms used to improve knowledge and professional skills, and which raises questions related to the measure of effectiveness and efficiency.

  • New mechanisms for the development of safety-related skills

It aims to allow experimentation with new types of training activities that better articulate the top-down and rule-compliance dimensions of safety management with the “bottom-up” dimensions of experience, skills and adaptation.

> Full text of call for proposals

The scientific disciplines which seem most relevant to the call are organization studies, the cognitive sciences (in particular developmental psychology), education sciences (in particular vocational training), ergonomics, law, economics and engineering. Inter- and multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged.

The work of FonCSI on this theme

In 2015, the FonCSI launched a work programme on “professional training and industrial safety”. A working group prepared a state of industrial practice on this topic and the problems encountered, in order to identify relevant research questions.

> Consult thework of FonCSI on “Skills and competencies for industrial safety”


This call includes two stages: letter of intent, and detailed proposal.

Important dates

  • March 31st 2016:  1st stage - Deadline for letters of intent
  • June 1st 2016: 2nd stage - Deadline for detailed proposals
  • June 23rd 2016: Funding decisions notified
  • September 2016: Projects start


For proposers

> Full text of call for proposals
> Pre-proposal form

Please send the completed pre-proposal form by email to before March 31st 2016.

For information

> Evaluator guidelines


The call budget is 700 k€. The call aims to fund applied research, with project sizes between 50 and 200 k€. The call is open to applicants from all countries, though participation in programme seminars will be more convenient for applicants coming from Europe.


Call for proposals coordinator

Eric Marsden