The ESAFORM Benchmark grant

2021 ESAFORM Benchmark grant corresponds to a budget of maximum 10 000€. This grant helps the coordinator of a benchmark related to material forming to face the benchmark organization costs.

An ESAFORM benchmark topic can be either experimental, or numerical. It can also cover both aspects in a single shot and in two successive years.

The coordinator of an ESAFORM Benchmark is an ESAFORM member who gathers a Benchmark committee with at least 2 other ESAFORM members (each one coming from a different country) to manage the benchmark.

For participants, the ESAFORM benchmark result consists of 4 deliverables:

  1. A technical one (predicted or measured property, shape, …) to be sent to the coordinator before the conference.
  2. The active participation to ‘private’ sessions during the conference during which all the participants
    1. discuss and analyze the results
    2. define the common article content and the list of authors
    3. distribute the work for the article and the public ESAFORM Benchmark session.
  3. The participation to the benchmark public session summarizing the results.
  4. Interaction with the coordinator to help him/her with the open access common article in IJMF. All the Benchmark participant teams are coauthors (deadline of submission 31 March before the next ESAFORM conference).

For the participants, in addition to the gained knowledge, it is the IJMF publication that should be the motivation. Even if they are not yet Esaform members, Benchmark participants will become member as it is mandatory that at least one scientist of each team attends the conference to provide the deliverables.

How to handle a benchmark for a coordinator?

  • to find an idea that has a scientific and industrial interest and of course which is related with material forming and to gather a Benchmark committee
  • to send before the 5th of September a proposal to the ESAFORM president under the form of a document (4 pages in readable font) describing the Benchmark topic, the Benchmark committee and its motivation, its communication policy with participants (time schedule, communication tools), its long term result storage policy (public data base or ?) and its budget (maximum 10 000€ for which any reasonable cost related to the benchmark organization is eligible).
  • to (virtually or physically) present the Benchmark on the September (or October) board of Esaform which will select it or not.

Selection criteria:

  1. Interest for ESAFORM community
  2. Proposal quality
  3. Not overlapping with previous benchmarks within 3 previous years except for a logical follow up action.


  1. -during October: to handle a budget negotiation with ESAFORM treasurer, if initial budget is not accepted, and to prepare information package for participants.
  2. - from November to March: exchange information with participants and handle their results
  3. - in April or May during the conference: to chair private and public benchmark sessions
  4. -from May to the next ESAFORM conference: to motivate all Benchmark participants and gather their information to submit a high quality Benchmark analysis paper to IJMF before the 31st of March.

Except if negotiated in another way, the full ESAFORM grant is paid to the coordinator's institution once the 4th deliverable has been submitted to IJMF and a private copy has been sent to the ESAFORM president and treasurer.

(see also the introduction presented at ESAFORM 2020

International Journal of Material Forming

ESAFORM Book Series

The Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity

The Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity

The Italian Association of Manufacturing Technology