What are the main objectives and planned activities of the EU-VRi EEIG?
  • Provide services on a commercial basis to industry, research community and/or public authorities
  • Connect individual industrial companies or networks of companies to the most appropriate research facility – in effect acting as a research broker
  • Establish and document the state of the art in the particular field of expertise of the virtual institute.
  • Identify research and development needs and gaps in the particular field of expertise.
  • Act as an information centre for research results and developments.
  • Facilitate mobility of researchers between institutes within the Virtual Institute and industry.
  • Act as a tool to create consortia to address the R&D needs and gaps identified in above and support research collaboration.
What are the main benefits to be a member of EU-VRi EEIG?
  • To provide better business opportunities through integrating the available human and other resources concerning integrated risk management at European level
  • To ensure better chances for EU funded projects through representing the economic interest of the related industries by a strong grouping at EU level
  • To provide better opportunities for the group members to affect EU policy

Acronym: NANOReg 2
Start date: August 1, 2015
End date: February 28, 2019
Total project value: 10.6 M€
Project coordinator: Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)
Total number of partners: 38
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.nanoreg2.eu/
Description: One of the greatest challenges facing regulators in the ever changing landscape of novel nano-materials is how to design and implement a regulatory process which is robust enough to deal with a rapidly diversifying system of manufactured nanomaterials (MNM) over time. Not only does the complexity of the MNM present a problem for regulators, the validity of data decreases with time, so that the well-known principle of the half-life of facts (Samuel Arbesman, 2012) means that what is an accepted truth now is no longer valid in 20 or 30 years time. The challenge is to build a regulatory system which is flexible enough to be able to deal with new targets and requirements in the future, and this can be helped by the development and introduction of Safe by Design (SbD) principles.
The credibility of such a regulatory system, underpinned by the implementation of SbD, is essential for industry, who while accepting the need for regulation demand it is done in a cost effective and rapid manner.
The NANoREG II project, built around the challenge of coupling SbD to the regulatory process, will demonstrate and establish new principles and ideas based on data from value chain implementation studies to establish SbD as a fundamental pillar in the validation of a novel MNM.
It is widely recognized by industries as well as by regulatory agencies that grouping strategies for NM are urgently needed.
ECETOC has formed a task force on NM grouping and also within the OECD WPMN a group works on NM categorisation.
However, so far no reliable and regulatory accepted grouping concepts could be established. Grouping concepts that will be developed by NanoREG II can be regarded as a major innovation therefore as guidance documents on NM grouping will not only support industries or regulatory agencies but would also strongly support commercial launch of new NM.
EU-VRi Specific Role: - Design of the Dissemination policy and plan, Benchmarking & Evaluation of Good practice, communication to decision makers, contribution to standardization (WP6).
- Support to project coordination (WP7).
Acronym: ALFA-BIRD
Start date: July 1, 2008
End date: June 30, 2012
Total project value: ~ 10.5 Million €
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 24
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi / alfa-birdeu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://www.alfa-bird.eu-vri.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.eu-vri.eu/
Figure of a fuel cycle to present the main idea of ALFA-BIRD.
Description: ALFA-BIRD (Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development) is a project co-funded by the EU in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, started in July 2008. ALFA-BIRD is an R&D project aiming at viable technical solutions. Its objective is to investigate and develop a variety of alternative fuels for the use of in aeronautics, motivated by the need to ensure a sustainable growth of the civil aviation, regarding the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, and in the context of oil prices that are highly volatile and increasing in the long term.

The main challenge in the project work is developing fuels that meet the very strict operational constrains in aviation (e.g. flight in very cold conditions), and are compatible with current civil aircraft, which is a must due to their long lifetime of almost 50 years. To address this challenge, ALFA-BIRD gathers a multi-disciplinary consortium with key industrial partners from aeronautics (engine manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers) and fuel industry, and research organizations covering a large spectrum of expertise in fields of biochemistry, combustion as well as industrial safety. Bringing together their knowledge, the consortium will develop the whole chain for clean alternative fuels for aviation. The most promising solutions will be examined during the project, from classical ones (plant oils, synthetic fuels) to the most innovative, such as new organic molecules. Based on a first selection of the most relevant alternative fuels, a detailed analysis of up to 5 new fuels will be performed with tests in realistic conditions.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is the coordinator of Alfa-Bird and takes care of the overall management of the project - Technical management with the support of the Steering Committee as well as administrative / financial co-ordination of the project. By providing its expertise in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Life Cycle Costing, Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Decoupling Indicators, etc., EU-VRi is also reponsible for the economical evaluation of the use of alternative fuels. This economic analysis aims at a cost evaluation together with an evaluation of expected market availability, in order to gain insights into market expectations.


Biogas Safety China - Handbook & Training Package
Acronym: Biogas Safety China - Handbook & Training Package
Start date: November 1, 2015
End date: September 30, 2016
Total project value: n.c.
Project coordinator: Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email): biogaseu-vri.eu
Description: The project consist in providing technical and scientific assistance to BMILP for the development of “Handbook for biogas safety in the agriculture sector” for small-scale agricultural biogas plants and the training package, with the aim for BMILP to improve the safety of the agricultural biogas projects during the engineering phase (engineering is often done by small companies) and also during the operation by improving the skills of the operators. The services will be provided by EU-VRi, with support from INERIS DEVELOPPEMENT and INERIS, as main subcontractors.
EU-VRi Specific Role: Main contractor and interface with the client.
Acronym: EC4SafeNano
Start date: November 1, 2016
End date: October 31, 2019
Total project value: 2 M€
Project coordinator: Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)
Total number of partners: 15
Contact person (name/email): bheu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://ec4safenano.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): G. Balachandran
Description: The H2020 project EC4SafeNano starting on 01/11/2016 for 3 years will define and design a sustainable European structure for European expertise on nanosafety in order to bridge the gap between research and application for public and private actors, between knowledge on risks and risk management, and to bring a balance between Science and Appliance.
The proposed partnership will set up a structure to integrate expertise activities across the member states, and provide the interface between the scientific community and these other parties to develop and supply knowledge and technical services appropriate to each community.
EC4SafeNano aims to build an open collaborative network gathering expertise in risk management of nanotechnologies. All interested organization are invited to take part in the initiative as an Associated Partner helping to design the future European Centre and establish harmonized approaches for the proposed solutions and services. The Associated Partners will be active at the European level through their participation in the Focus Networks and will act in an ‘ambassador’ role for the member states where they are based. National centers are foreseen to mirror the European center.

EC4SafeNano seeks to establish a record of accomplishment in developing ‘fit-for-purpose’ solutions and providing access to reliable data and experience to help solve the range of environment, health and safety challenges that will be required to develop safe and sustainable innovation for nanotechnology. EC4SafeNano also seeks to establish principles for safe management of nanotechnology, and to assist public and private organizations and industry in the application of these principles. European joint calls for expertise will help demonstrate the concept of establishing and providing this collective expertise to answer demands.
EU-VRi Specific Role: Networking platforms and engaging stakeholders, dissemination and exploitation and support to management and coordination.
Acronym: EDEN
Start date: September 1, 2013
End date: December 31, 2016
Total project value: ca. 36.5 million Euro
Project coordinator: BAE Systems, Mr. Clive Goodchild
Total number of partners: 37
Contact person (name/email): michael.loeschereu-vri.eu
Official webpage (coordinator): https://eden-security-fp7.eu/
Firefighters and toolproviders during demonstration in Poland
Description: The accidental or deliberate release of CBRNE materials are low probability events that can have a significant impact on citizens and society. Whenever and wherever they occur, they usually require a gradual and multi-facetted response as they tend to provoke severe and unexpected physical, psychological, societal, economical and political effects that might also easily cross the borders inside as well as outside the EU.
The EDEN project will leverage the added-value of tools and systems from previous R&D efforts and improve CBRNE resilience through their adaptation and integration in complex multi-national/agency CBRNE operations.
Successful CBRNE resilience requires a global System-of-Systems approach.
EDEN recognises that Systems of systems has a different meaning for different countries and protection agencies and the concept of the EDEN project is to provide a “toolbox of toolboxes” as an EDEN Store to allow different stakeholders to make available and to pick the capabilities they deem important (or affordable) from a common certified set of applications.
This concept will allow a high degree of interoperability at the differing levels of capability that each country may have. The benefit of EDEN concept is that integration is immediately applied at the application level.
The EDEN Store concept allows capabilities to be shared and consistently provided and accessible to multiple stakeholders. It will gradually build up a common capability that will span across European boundaries. It will also share the burden of development and allows for lessons to be learned and applications to be enhanced based on the learning. Importantly it provides for interoperability, which is paramount in cross boundary incident management.
Validation will be through three themed end-users demonstrations (Food Industry, Multi Chemical, Radiological) cover at multiple hazards (C, B, R, N, E), and multiple phases of the security cycle, multiple tiers of and multiple stakeholders.
The EDEN consortium includes end-users, major stakeholders in the CBRNE domain and large system integration and system solution providers, including SMEs that will bring innovative solutions and support the integration and RTOs that will further develop EU affordable resilience.
The expected impact from EDEN is to provide affordable CBRNE resilience and market sustainability through the better integration of the systems in real operations and in enhancing the safety of citizens.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is in charge of coordinating the project’s Supplier Platform that is reaching out for innovative solutions throughout the CBRNe security cycle and in charge of standardization aspects on behalf of the consortium.
Start date: September 1, 2011
End date: December 31, 2016
Total project value: ~ 16.5 Million €
Project coordinator: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Total number of partners: 8
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic / jovanovicrisk-technologies.com
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: https://www.ufz.de/
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.energy-trans.de/english/index.php
Scenario elements on a risk map & link to indicators – the concept
Description: Research in the energy sector concentrated so far on the development of new energy technologies and their optimal combination towards an efficient and effective energy mix. With the envisioned energy transformation in Germany, energy supply will be primarily based on renewable sources of energy and efficiency gains. Furthermore, the demand side of energy will become a major topic of research and will be at the core of future energy policies.

The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS places the connections between and among energy technologies, planning procedures and consumer behavior in the focus of the research interests and investigations.

Research projects include the interaction of energy supply, energy distribution and energy storage on the one hand and institutional governance and consumer behavior on the other hand. The results are expected to provide policy-oriented knowledge for an efficient and socially acceptable design of a sustainable energy system.
EU-VRi Specific Role: Yet to be defined.
Acronym: ETPIS
Start date: November 19, 2008
End date: December 31, 2013
Project coordinator: EU-VRi, Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 600
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi / infoindustrialsafety-tp.org
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/
Logo of the SafeFuture Initiative
Description: According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao every three and a half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes. Of the 150 000 deaths per year, the vast majority are caused by occupational diseases (142 000), while the rest are classified as work-related accidents. Although there has been a marked decrease in the number of serious and fatal accidents over the past years (of respectively 21 % and 24 % between 1998 and 2004 in the EU-25), there are still far too many people suffering accidents at work.

The Major Accident Reporting System from the European Commission records that, approximately 30 Major Accidents happen each year within the industry sectors covered by the Seveso 2 Directive. By definition these accidents have the potential for major consequences to people and the environment.

In addition, new industrial technologies bring new safety challenges that need to be address at an early stage of the design: e.g. the development of nanotechnologies, the extensive use of new energy carriers such as hydrogen, batteries or bio-fuel. They require expertise in risk assessment and management, and knowledge on the hazardous phenomena as well as on the technical and organizational measures to control the risk.

The cost of accidents and occupational diseases occurring in the industry in the EU ranges between 2.6% to 3.8% of Gross National Product. This cost must ultimately be included in production costs and consequently increases the cost of sales, reducing the industry competitiveness.

The European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) has brought together all relevant stakeholders (i.e. from industry, unions, authorities, NGOs, banks, insurance and research) to further improve industrial safety and thus the competitiveness of the European industry, by supporting safe technological innovation and exploiting/implementing results of research and innovative methods within industry.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is the Operating Agent (OA) and non-voting member of the Executive Board (EB) in the ETPIS project. EU-VRi provides a functional state-of-the-art website to ETPIS and its members. As OA EU-VRi is also responsible for financial affairs.


Acronym: F-Seveso
Start date: November 6, 2006
End date: August 29, 2010
Total project value: 90000
Project coordinator: EU-VRi (Olivier Salvi)
Total number of partners: 12
Contact person (name/email): f-sevesoeu-vri.eu; salvieu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://f-seveso.eu-vri.eu/
Fire protective equipment
Description: According to the call for tender and to cover the objectives of the study recalled here above, EU-VRi propose to perform a study which will be based on the following steps:
• Selection of a representative sample of Member States and industrial sectors to analyse the implementation of the requirement imposed on operators of Seveso II establishments ;
• Survey with focused and targeted questionnaires, using web-based tools, telephone and face-to-face interviews ;
• Analysis of the answers to determine improvements and recommendations that will be review and assessed by a Steering Group composed by the Commission Services and some key stakeholders.

The content of the study is organised in 5 work packages, described hereunder.
WP1: Analysis and selection of industrial sectors to perform the detailed assessment (LEIA)
WP2: Assessment of implementation of Seveso II Directive (EU-VRi)
WP3: Detail analysis of the responses and conclusions of the survey (INERIS)
WP4: Infrastructure for dialog with stakeholders – IT support (R-TECH)
WP5: Management and coordination (EU-VRi)
EU-VRi Specific Role: The main tasks of EU-VRi in this project are the analysis and selection of sectors etc to be investigated, to create an assessment of implementation as well as a detailed assessment. To accomplish these tasks the development of a methodology to identify a representative sample of industrial sectors and Member states to collect the further data required for the detailed assessment if the impact of the directive.
Acronym: ImprESS
Start date: October 1, 2017
End date: October 14, 2020
Total project value: 1000000
Project coordinator: University Educons
Total number of partners: 11
Contact person (name/email): jovanovicrisk-technologies.com, smacikarisk-technologies.com
Official webpage (coordinator): http://impress.kpu.edu.rs/
ImprESS project logo
Description: The academic education capacity in the countries in the process of joining the EU should be improved by means of enhancing the capacity building in the field of academic and professional education in the area of Safety & Security. The area is currently of a great interest and importance for Europe. The countries on the way of accession are playing a crucial role in this case, as the possible safety & security threats for the EU can easily have their ’’weak point’’ and/or ’’gateway’’ exactly in these countries (e.g. the terrorists misusing the ’’Balkan refugee route’’). On the other hand, the organizational and infrastructural capacity of these countries is often not well aligned with the one in the EU and one of the main reason for this lack of alignment is often the sub-optimal academic and professional educational capacity of these countries, in the area of safety & security.

The ImprESS project intends to improve exactly this in the following way: by means of strategic partnership (’’knowledge alliance’’) it will set up the model (WP2) for improving the educational capacity in the area of ’’sector skill alliance’’ for Safety & Security (SSASS). Based on this model a sample educational infrastructure (curriculum, modules, courses, academic and para-academic educational activities) will be established and implemented in Serbia (WP3). Once established, the infrastructure will be used to improve the current educational capacity of 5 participating universities in Serbia (WP4). The improved capacities at 5 Serbian universities, together with those at the supporting EU academic education institutes will be integrated into Regional Center for Training & Education in area of Safety & Security (TESS) (WP5). The Center will also integrate the particular high speed/ high-capacity computer support for the simulation exercises needed for the advanced training and include the most advanced techniques & technologies in the area (agent-based modelling, data mining, web semantics, image processing, AI, interactive visualization, etc.). The experiences and the results of the project will be published as a model for possible improvement in other countries (e.g. the other non-EU counties, strongly linked to the Safety & Security issues in the EU). The consortium includes 2 Serbian private universities, 3 public universities and leading universities in the field in Europe (Germany, Italy and Poland).

The project will have profound impact not only on the Serbian educational infrastructure but also on the overall safety/security situation and infrastructures ensuring it. This will be achieved (WP6) primarily through:

a) alignment with the EU practices and

b) including the most advanced state-of-the-art studies.

The project will also have an impact on the ’’EU side’’: the participating European institutions will have the unique opportunity to gain and learn from first-hand experience with safety & security education-related issues in the countries beyond EU borders. This will happen with the active support from four European universities.
Acronym: iNTeg-Risk
Start date: December 1, 2008
End date: May 31, 2013
Total project value: ~ 19.3 million €
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 85
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Alkesandar Jovanovic / integriskeu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.eu-vri.eu/
The example shows a critical vulnerability-hazard pair (nuclear power plant Fukushima and epicenter of an earthquake) in RiskAtlas
Description: iNTeg-Risk (Early Recognition, Monitoring, and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks) is a project that responds to the call of offer from the FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) in the area of “Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and new Production Technologies”. iNTeg-Risk coordinates research and development sub-projects related to new materials and technologies for establishing a common EU approach to face the challenge of emerging risks within the next 15 years.The main goal of iNTeg-Risk – Project is to establish a holistic approach for facing the challenge of emerging risks, due to new materials and technologies, within the next 15 years.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is the coordinator of iNTeg-Risk and takes care of the overall management of the project - Technical management as well as administrative / financial co-ordination of the project. EU-VRi also plays a key role in building a new management paradigm for emerging risks with a set of principles supported by a common language, agreed tools and methods as well as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), all integrated into a single framework - Emerging Risk Management Framework (ERMF).

Start date: April 1, 2009
End date: March 31, 2013
Total project value: 12.3M€
Project coordinator: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Kai Savolainen
Total number of partners: 26
Contact person (name/email): Salvi, Olivier (nanodeviceeu-vri.eu)
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://nanodevice.eu-vri.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.nano-device.eu/
3D model of a en:C60 molecule, also called a "Buckyball"
Description: NANODEVICE is a research project funded by the European Commission in the context of the 7th Framework Program.
The motive of the NANODEVICE project is based on the lack of knowledge of the health effects of the widely used engineered nanoparticles (ENP) and on the shortage of field-worthy, cost-effective ways - especially in real time - for reliable assessment of exposure levels to ENP in workplace air
NANODEVICE will provide new information on the physico-chemical properties of engineered nanoparticles (ENP) and information about their toxicology. Also a novel measuring device will be developed to assess the exposure to ENP´s from workplace air. The purpose of the project is also to promote the safe use of ENP through guidance, standards and education, implementing of safety objectives in ENP production and handling, and promotion of safety related collaborations through an international nanosafety forum.
EU-VRi Specific Role: The main objectives of EU-VRi in NANOdevice are to develop of a data-base on risk assessment of ENP and to provide input from the project to the European Commission for the development of risk related regulations. EU-VRi is in charge of the production of short operational “brochures” on risk related to ENP. To fulfil those objectives, EU-VRi will identify the State of the art in terms of current available data-bases on the Web and develop and validate the data and information in a data-base for risk assessment related to ENP.

Acronym: NanoFASE
Start date: September 1, 2015
End date: September 30, 2019
Total project value: 11.2 M€
Project coordinator: Natural Environment Research Centre (NERC)
Total number of partners: 41
Contact person (name/email): nanofaseceh.ac.uk
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.nanofase.eu/
Interactive NanoFASE Framework
Description: Concept: NanoFASE will deliver an integrated Exposure Assessment Framework, including methods, parameter values, model and guidance that will allow Industry to assess the full diversity of industrial nano-enabled products to a standard acceptable in regulatory registrations. Methods to assess how use phases, waste streams and environmental compartments (air, soil, water biota) act as “reactors” in modifying and transporting ENMs will be developed and used to derive parameter values. Our nanospecific models will be integrated with the existing multi-media fate model SimpleBox4Nano for use in EUSES and also develop into a flexible multi-media model for risk assessment at different scales and complexities. Information on release form, transformation and transport processes for product relevant ENMs will allow grouping into Functional Fate Groups according to their “most probable” fate pathways as a contribution to safe-by-design based on fate.
Methodology: Inventories of material release forms along the product value chain are established. We then study how released ENMs transform from initial reactive states to modified forms with lower energy states in which nanospecific properties may be lost. Transport studies assess material fluxes within/between compartments. The experimental work underpins models describing ENM transformation and transport. Open access is provided to the models suitable for incorporation into existing exposure assessment tools (e.g. SimpleBox4Nano) and for more detailed assessment. Framework completeness is validated by case studies.
Impact: Identified links between ENM material properties and fate outcome (e.g. safe-by-design). Improved representation of nanospecific processes in existing key fate and exposure assessment tools (e.g. SimpleBox4Nano in EUSES). Contribution to standardization. GIS framework to support predictive assessment, catchment and point source management of ENM releases.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is in charge of the dissemination and exploitation of the results.
Acronym: nanoMILE
Start date: March 1, 2013
End date: February 28, 2017
Total project value: approx. 12.9M€
Total number of partners: 29
Contact person (name/email): Olivier Salvi
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: www.nanoMILE.eu
Description: The call:
Nanotechnology is a rapidly evolving enabling technology with the potential to revolutionise modern life. On the nanoscale, common materials can take on entirely new chemical, physical and biological properties. These properties open up new possibilities for exploitation and commercial enterprise; however, an increasing body of scientific evidence would suggest that some materials in their nano form may induce harmful biological or environmental effects through a variety of potential mechanisms, not all of which are fully understood or quantified. Such questions are addressed by the rapidly expanding field of “nanosafety” and call “NMP.2012.1.3-1: Systematic investigations of the mechanisms and effects of engineered nanomaterial interactions with living systems and/or the environment” considers the research needs that have recently emerged in this arena. Indeed, although significant research efforts have been made to make the risk assessment of nanotechnology possible, we are still lacking a mechanistic and systematic understanding of the parameters that govern the toxicity of nano-sized objects and thus we remain unable to ensure the protection of health and the sustainable development of nanotechnology.
EU-VRi Specific Role: The main objective of this EU-VRi is to operate dedicated communication channels with other projects and the main stakeholders to make sure that the results of NanoMILE will be used and implemented as soon as they are available.
Acronym: nanoSTAIR
Start date: September 1, 2012
End date: April 30, 2014
Total project value: approx. 0.5M€
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 8
Contact person (name/email): Olivier Salvi (nanostaireu-vri.eu)
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://nanostair.eu-vri.eu/
The nanoSTAIR process
Description: Coordination action to support standardisation in the field of nano.
The overall objective of NanoSTAIR is to build a European Platform to support the transfer of knowledge and results gained through research to standard documents using the STAIR approach.
EU-VRi Specific Role: The co-ordinator exercises the overall scientific and technical responsibility, including the achievement of milestones and deliverables. The project management ensures that all contractual obligations are met. The co-ordinator is EU-VRi and will lead the following activities:
• Overall management of the project and consortium
• Monitoring of project progress against its work plan with complete, consolidated and timely reporting
• Organization of meetings, support of communication between partners, problem resolution
• Preparation of a business plan for the future exploitation of nanoSTAIR process and platform
Acronym: PSMS
Start date: May 25, 2016
End date: December 31, 2017
Total project value: ca. 1 Million Euro
Project coordinator: EU-VRi, Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 4
Contact person (name/email): Aleksandar Jovanovic
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://psms.eu-vri.eu
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.eu-vri.eu/
PSMS project will provide the means to improve the level of the current process safety culture in NIS Gazprom Neft.
Description: The project aims at the implementation of a customized, sustainable and future-oriented process safety management solution into NIS Gazprom Neft. The solution integrates the best elements of the current state-of-art world-wide practices, such as the full compatibility with the EU practices (EU directives) and the advantage of the US industrial solutions (CCPS providing guidance with the 20 Elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) and API providing the basis for metrics and indicators).

The PSMS project will be developed in two phases, the gap analysis phase and the implementation phase for three selected sites of the NIS Gazprom Neft in Serbia: Pančevo Refinery, Elemir Refinery and Ovča gas storage.
EU-VRi Specific Role: Coordination of the gap analysis and implementation phases of the project.
Acronym: ResiStand
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: April 30, 2018
Total project value: ca. 2 million Euro
Project coordinator: Geowise Oy, Mr. Pertti Woitsch
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email): michael.loeschereu-vri.eu
Official webpage (coordinator): http://resistand.eu/
ResiStand Stakeholder Communites
Description: Standardisation is a powerful tool to achieve better interoperability. However, it needs to overcome a lack of interest and modest participation from stakeholders. Also, promising research results are not always used as the basis for new standards.
The overall goal of ResiStand is to find new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation. ResiStand contributes to an improved disaster resilience by identifying and analysing the drivers, constraints and expectations of three main stakeholder communities: Standardisation Organisations, End-Users and Suppliers, consisting of researchers, industry and SMEs. Based on this information, gaps in standardisation are identified and a prioritised roadmap for new initiatives will be created. The roadmap will be complemented by a critical evaluation of standards as a tool to improve disaster resilience.
ResiStand aims at implementing a pre-standardisation process that supports the development of standards. The feasibility of the process will be tested by developing a new work item. The aim is that stakeholders will continuously utilize this “ResiStand Process” in the future, and that the project delivers a better understanding of the potential of standards for
contributing to an improved disaster resilience. ResiStand will support the management of increasing threats to society such as armed conflicts, terrorism, pandemics and
natural disasters, which have increasingly cross-border, even global consequences due to the on-going globalisation. Protection of citizens through anticipation, preparedness, response and adaptation to crisis situations – i.e. maintaining disaster resilience – will be more efficient. Collaboration between national, European and international stakeholders will be improved by unified processes and management systems as well as by technical, procedural, operational and semantic interoperability.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is co-coordinating the project and contributes to
WP1 on Establishing the project’s building blocks
WP5 on Preparation and roadmapping for standardisation activities
WP6 on Towards a sustainable process
WP7 on Dissemination, communication and stakeholder involvement
WP8 on Project Management & Coordination
Acronym: SAF€RA
Start date: April 1, 2012
End date: March 31, 2015
Total project value: approx. 1.5M€
Project coordinator: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Kai Savolainen
Total number of partners: 19
Contact person (name/email): Olivier Salvi (saferaindustrialsafety-tp.org)
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://safera.industrialsafety-tp.org/
Concept of the project
Description: The objective of the SAF€RA is to improve cooperation and coordination of national research programmes addressing industrial safety, including enhanced interaction with the Framework Programme and the NMP themes in particular and aiming at the creation of a Joint Programming Initiative on Industrial Safety. SAF€RA will focus on improving the level of safety in the European industry through coordinated research to achieve sustainable growth and enhanced competitiveness. The scope of SAF€RA will include coordination of research on the prevention of major accidents and in particular the economical benefits of industrial safety solutions, safe innovative processes, preparedness and response as well as protection of the environment, new methods to enhance the creation of a safety culture and prudent attitudes, reference technologies for life extension of aged and repaired structures, as well as products and systems required to increase industrial safety. This scope is complementary to the NEW OSH ERA project which focused in coordinating and cooperating on research on new and emerging risks at work, the task which is continued by PEROSH, the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health. In the collaborative research promoted by the NEW OSH ERA project the personal health and safety was in the focus whereas the SAF€RA coordinates research related to the major industrial hazards which have the potential to cause major accidents with off-site consequences and risks to the environment and society.

SAF€RA will bring dynamism to safety research in Europe by promoting collaboration in research programmes and by fostering lateral thinking as well as promoting innovations. SAF€RA will contribute to the objectives of the FP7-ERANET-2011-RTD in the following ways:

- 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.
EU-VRi Specific Role: In SAF€RA, EU-VRi will represent ETPIS and propose to use the existing web tools for communication and dissemination of SAF€RA information to over 500 members of ETPIS gathering practitioners, scientists, public authorities and NGOs interested in industrial safety.
Acronym: SafeLife-X
Start date: September 1, 2013
End date: August 31, 2015
Total project value: approx. 1 M€
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Prof. aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 10
Contact person (name/email): Aleksandar Jovanovic (SafeLifeExtensioneu-vri.ei)
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://www.safelife-x.eu-vri.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.eu-vri.eu/
Description: The importance of aging of infrastructures, networks and industrial plants will continue to increase because of (a) need to continue operation of these infrastructures, networks and plants beyond the design life-time, (b) need to operate under changed conditions and (c) the increased role of existing plants in the optimized (“smart”) supply and utility networks of the future, e.g. as fall-back supply. The effective agreed strategies to address aging issues are yet to be developed and consistently applied. The project, SafeLife-X, will contribute to creating consensus on aging management including potential cascading and/or ripple effects. It will, thus, satisfy the demand within various industrial sectors and help match the EU Grand Challenges and the EU-2020 Strategy, and achieve goals of main stakeholders (e.g. EC, OECD, ECTP, ETPIS…).

The project will create a multi-disciplinary / multi-sector community able to answer the key issues related to aging at EU & International level. The consortium includes members of the EU Technology Platforms ECTP (construction) and ETPIS (industrial safety) and a group of 25 experts to complement the expertise needed, and will be open to all interested parties. This community will meet, share experience and prepare a common vision for the future and main elements needed to realize it. The project will capitalize on best practices of modeling, asset integrity management, decision making, and cost-benefit analysis. CEN Workshop Agreement(s) will be initiated in the course of the project and the development of one European Standard (EN) on “Risk-Based Inspection Framework” pursued. New projects will propose input for Horizon 2020 within the Strategic Research Agenda & Roadmap.
SafeLife-X will explore the issue of aging as an opportunity for new technologies, services and businesses primarily in service and construction sectors, the latter being the largest EU industrial employer representing 9.9% of the GDP and 14.9 million operatives.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRI, European Grouping with Economic Interest, is design to co-ordinate European projects for both industry and for the Framework Programme of the EC in relation with industrial safety and environmental protection.
Through its founding members, EU-VRi has an extensive experience in the co-ordination of projects, in particular in FP5, FP6 and FP7. It will take care of the technical management and administrative/financial co-ordination.
Acronym: SafeMed
Start date: September 1, 2010
End date: August 31, 2013
Total project value: approx. 1.3M€
Project coordinator: iPRI gGmbH
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email): M. Löscher (safemedeu-vri.eu)
Official webpage (coordinator): http://www.sichere-pharmakette.de/
Description: Goal of the project SafeMed is the development of a user-friendly tool, which takes into account the requirements of the medical supply-chain of the pharmaceutical industry. The focus of the University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) is
The University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) focuses its works on the Analysis of threat scenario, the elaboration of technical safety concepts, the development of strategies for communication, and the development of a software, which summarizes the results of the overall project. This software shall be an effective and comprehensive tool for professional advice in safety issues.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi performs the following tasks in this project:
- Identification, formulation and classification of possible risks within the supply chain, based on their medical significance
- Visualization and classification of potential risks within the concerned value chain by using an customized matrix.
- Developing a communication strategy for the prevention and response to a possible threat scenarios in the pharmaceutical supply-chain.
- The results of the research project shall be summarized by EU-VRi and be included in the tool "Sicherheitsberater".
Start date: May 1, 2012
End date: April 30, 2015
Total project value: ~ 3.7 Million €
Project coordinator: TECNALIA
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email): jesus.lopezdeipinatecnalia.com
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://scaffold.eu-vri.eu/
General overview of the Lyfe Cicle of the MNMs in the construction sector
Description: Manufactured nanomaterials and nanocomposites are being considered for various uses in the construction industry and related infrastructure industries, not only for enhancing material properties and functions but also in the context of energy conservation.
Despite the current relatively high cost of nano-enabled products, their use in construction materials is likely to increase because of highly valuable properties imparted at relatively low additive ratios, rapid development of new applications and decreasing cost of base MNMs as they are produced in larger quantities1,2.
Recent studies suggested that workers handling with nano‐products mostly worked with cement or concrete products, coatings or insulation materials. Other product types, including road‐pavement products, flame retardant materials or textiles, were only indicated by some 3 . However, a survey developed by FIEC and EFBWW (2009) showed that the majority of construction workers and their employers (~75%) are not aware that they work with nano-products (Figure 1).
Occupational exposure to these emerging risks may be accidentally or incidentally produced at different stages of the construction industry life cycle (Figure3). Due to the novelty, these same nano-products might pose new health and safety risks to the worker on‐site, which scientists are only just starting to understand. Detailed information about the product composition and their possible nano‐specific health and safety issues though, is generally lacking and the information available to the raw material manufacturer is often lost while stepping down the user chain. As a consequence, for the average construction company it will be very difficult to conduct a proper risk assessment and organize a safe workplace for its employees.
Despite the potential risks, the use of nano‐products in the construction industry is a reality and can be expected to grow in the near future (Technology is always working ahead of risk). Consequently, there is a general uncertainty with respect to health and safety risks and how to properly manage them to protect workers and be in compliance with OHS legislation.
EU-VRi Specific Role: Delphi Workshops will be conducted by the EU-VRi experts.In order to develop a common vision and ensure consensus partners and stakeholder groups involved in the project, several one-day Delphi workshops will be organised to reach these goals.
EU-VRi will organize the dissemination by developing a Dissemination Plan at the beginning of the project that will be updated when necessary during the project meetings. This plan will consider specific chapters for
general dissemination activities, activities targeted to the construction sector, activities coordinated with the EU-Nanocluster and non-European partners and other activities such as pre-standardisation.
The dissemination activities will be organized using four channels:
a) the dissemination at large using the project website and a partnership with other initiatives at EU and non-EU level,
b) the targeted dissemination towards professionals from construction sectors and experts thanks to dedicated training programs,
c) the scientific dissemination to update the state of the art, and d) providing inputs to standardization activities at EU and on an international level.

Acronym: SmartResilience
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: April 30, 2019
Total project value: ca. 5 million Euro
Project coordinator: EU-VRi
Total number of partners: 20
Contact person (name/email): jovanoviceu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: https://smartresilience2.eu-vri.eu/
Official webpage (coordinator): https://www.smartresilience.eu-vri.eu/
Resilience Cube
Description: Modern critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly “smarter” (e.g. cities). Making the infrastructures “smarter” usually means making them smarter in normal operation and use: more adaptive, more intelligent… But will these smart critical infrastructures (SCIs) behave equally “smartly” and be “smartly resilient” also when exposed to extreme threats, such as extreme weather disasters or terrorist attacks? If making existing infrastructure “smarter” is achieved by making it more complex, would it also make it more vulnerable? Would this affect resilience of an SCI as its ability to anticipate, prepare for, adapt and withstand, respond to, and recover? These are the main questions tackled by this proposal.
The project envisages answering the above questions in several steps. (#1) By identifying existing indicators suitable for assessing resilience of SCIs. (#2) By identifying new “smart” resilience indicators (RIs) – including those from Big Data. (#3) By developing a new advanced resilience assessment methodology (TRL4) based on smart RIs (“resilience indicators cube”, including the resilience matrix). (#4) By developing the interactive “SCI Dashboard” tool. (#5) By applying the methodology/ tools in 8 case studies, integrated under one virtual, smart-city-like, European case study. The SCIs considered (in 8 European countries!) deal with energy, transportation, health, water… Results #2, #3, #4 and #5 are a breakthrough innovation. This approach will allow benchmarking the best-practice solutions and identifying the early warnings, improving resilience of SCIs against new threats and cascading and ripple effects. The benefits/savings to be achieved by the project will be assessed by the reinsurance company participant. The consortium involves 7 leading end-users/industries in the area, 7 leading research organizations, supported by academia and lead by a dedicated European organization. External world leading resilience experts will be included in the CIRAB.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi is the Coordinator of the project and contributes to:
WP1 on Establishing the project baseline and the common framework
WP2 on Challenges and interdependencies of Smart City Infrastructures (SCIs)
WP3 on The SmartResilience Indicator-based methodology for assessing, predicting & monitoring the resilience of SCIs for optimized multi-criteria decision making
WP4 on Defining classic and deriving smart Resilience Indicators (RIs)
WP5 on SCI-Resilience: Application in Smart City Case Studies
WP6 on Dissemination and Exploitation
WP7 on Project Management and Coordination
Start date: October 1, 2012
End date: May 31, 2015
Total project value: approx. 2.1M€
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 6
Contact person (name/email): Olivier Salvi (STABALIDeu-vri.eu)
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://stabalid.eu-vri.eu/
560 kWh/1.1 MW in a 20 ft container
Description: The development of the Smart Energy Networks is a key priority to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable energy system in Europe. Li-ion battery is a very promising technology for improving the penetration of RES in the energy mix and enabling a better management of energy in the European grid. The objective of the STABALID project is to facilitate the deployment of safe stationary batteries with a cell size larger than 10 Ah and systems larger than 1 MWh. To reach this objective, the consortium will develop a new testing procedure for stationary batteries that will become a new international standard document. The testing procedure will be developed based on a detail risk analysis and the review of existing standards applicable for stationary batteries in Europe, in Japan and in the USA. The new standards as well as the regulatory framework will be developed to guarantee safety during the whole life cycle of the batteries. The testing procedure will be developed in coordination with Japan. The project is led by the world leading manufacturing company, SAFT, and involves a utility company as representative of end-users, as well as reference organizations for inspection, testing and certification.
EU-VRi Specific Role: EU-VRi will be in charge of the management of the project, including the financial and administrative coordination, the support to the Steering Committee, as well as the dissemination activities (relations with Japanese partners and the professional associations that are concerned by the standard).