Responsible research and innovation is a concept that runs through all of Horizon 2020 and is about conducting research and innovation in a way that takes into account societal needs and challenges.

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RRI is an umbrella term for a number of SwafS concepts – gender, open access, science education, public engagement and ethics. It is also is about ensuring research and innovation is accepted by everyone concerned and that it contributes to sustainable development. RRI shouldn’t just be applied to outcomes and innovations but the whole research and innovation process as well, according to four sets of criteria:

  1.  diversity and inclusion
  2.  anticipation and reflection
  3.   openness and transparency
  4.   responsiveness and adaptive change

The criteria are described in more detail in the definition of RRI developed by the EU project RRI Tools.

In the toolkit, which has been developed by RRI Tools, you’ll find lots of good advice and resources for individuals and organisations who want to practice RRI. For example, you can find guidance on:

Similar resources for different purposes and a range of stakeholders: researchers, policy makers, business and industry, civil society organisations och the education community, are also available.

In the RRI toolkit you can search among 400 resources, such as documents and guidelines, good examples of RRI from across Europe as well as use the self-reflection tool. Users can also sign up to join the Community of practice, and upload their own examples of RRI, as well as share their experiences with others. In the online forum users can also make contact with other stakeholders in Europe, who are interested in RRI.

Footnote: The RRI Tools project runs from 2014-2016 with the aim of developing tools for stakeholders in Europe to help them practice RRI.
The project involves 26 partners och 30 countries. The project is coordinated by “la Caixa” Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, and VA (Public & Science) is the Swedish hub.

Calls for proposals

In the ”Science with and for society” work programme there are a number of calls relating to RRI, see the list of calls for proposals in the SwafS programme.

Current and forthcoming calls are also outlined in the SwafS work programme for 2016–17.

Within Horizon 2020 there are a number of calls for proposals in programmes other than SwafS in which RRI perspectives are particularly prominent. Calls for the period 2016-2017 are collated in the report on RRI opportunities in Horizon 2020.

Further sources of information

Horizon 2020’s web pages on RRI.

Sources of help and advice

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