Making your R&D&I Activity Responsible – RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) expertise for strengthening your project proposal

Created on 05 Sep 2016

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Since RRI has become a cross-cutting expectation of the EU innovation policy, the potential social, environmental and ethical implications (the fields of RRI) should be taken into account to manage a successful EU co-funded project. RRI helps to predict and consider the non-immediate effects of the research on the society and the environment to promote sustainability. Having massive experience on RRI, we can strengthen your project proposal by adjusting it to meet these ;

Incorporating RRI aspects is definitely increasing the quality of a project proposal, and according to our experience, those project proposals are preferred during the selection process in which the implementation pays attention to RRI aspects, too.

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission determined to bridge the gap between the scientific community and society at large. In the European Union, RRI has emerged on the formal agenda in 2011, and the Commission has defined the 6 keys “for, with and by society”, namely public engagement, science education, governance, open access, ethics and gender equality. In 2016-2017, RRI is cutting across Horizon 2020 Working Programmes, too.

In the interpretation of the European Commission, RRI is an inclusive approach to research and innovation (R&I), to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process. It aims to better align both the process and the outcomes of R&I, with the values, needs and expectations of European society. Generally, RRI implies anticipating and assessing potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation. In practice, RRI consists of designing and implementing R&I policy that will:

  • help identifying the non-immediate effects of the research on the society and the environment in order to ensure sustainability
  • engage society more broadly in its research and innovation activities,increase access to scientific results,
  • ensure gender equality, in both the research process and research content,
  • take into account the ethical dimension, and
  • promote formal and informal science education.

According to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 – 2017 (p. 14.): "Horizon 2020 funded activities will support the relationships between science and society through the promotion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting issue as well as through Part 16 of the Work Programme, ‘Science with and for society’. This includes actions aimed at increasing public awareness, improving the scientific knowledge base, and encouraging formal and informal science ;.

As a result, the RRI approach should be taken into account when preparing an EU co-funded proposal. The First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association (FHRIA) has good standing experience on the field of RRI including its theoretical background, spatial differences, practical implementation, socio-technical integration and RRI differences in transition economies, therefore FHRIA is able to help you incorporate RRI keys and aspects not only into your project proposal but also during the procedural phase.


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