The ESAFORM Proposal grant

ESAFORM offers a maximum of 5 grants, per calendar year, to support the writing of proposals for projects funded by the EU.

The grant will be €2,500 given to the applicant (not necessarily the coordinator of the proposal submitted to the EU). This grant can be used for reimbursement of the organization of meetings, travel, accommodation, secretary costs or any other requirement to support the writing of the proposal.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for the ESAFORM Grant, the following criteria have to be met:

  1. The EU proposal must clearly focus on material forming.
  2. The EU proposal must not have been submitted before for the ESAFORM grant.
  3. The applicant must have been a member of ESAFORM for 2 of the last 4 years.
  4. The EU proposal must include at least 1 additional party. This additional party must fulfill criterion 3. The applicant and the other party should come from 2 different universities or companies. The proposal may include more partners.
  5. For beneficiaries under this scheme, a period of one year must have passed before the same group of 2 or more parties as mentioned above may apply again under this scheme.

The grant award is not tied to the success of the EU application.

Selection criteria and decision

Following review for matching the eligibility criteria, the grants will be awarded on a “first come - first serve” basis. The selection process and award decisions will be made at the meeting of the Board of Directors of ESAFORM. The Board usually meets during ESAFORM conference (spring) and in the second semester (autumn), every year. Grants will be published on the ESAFORM homepage.

How to apply?

Send a brief description of your EU-proposal to the President of ESAFORM using the template from the ESAFORM homepage (3 pages, including one page for the partners description and two pages for the project content, including links with ESAFORM objectives: promoting applied research in University and Industry, spreading scientific information, developing education, teach material forming sciences in Europe, establishing links between Industry and University in the field of material forming, promoting the image of material forming, etc.). Additionally, forward the mail from the EU funding agency confirming your submission to the President of ESAFORM.


The applications have to be sent as soon as the EU project partners take their definitive decision to work on a EU proposal (remember the grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis). However the 2500€ will be paid only after the confirmation of the EU proposal submission has been sent to the ESAFORM president. The grants are only payable to an account of the institution/company of the applicant.

The applications for 2020 have to be sent by e-mail before March 15 or September 15, 2020 to:

Prof. Livan Fratini

President of ESAFORM

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phone: +3909123861851




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