Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a key concept in the EU’s research framework programme Horizon 2020. In short, RRI means that research and innovation should be conducted in a responsible manner, taking into account society’s needs and concerns.

Projektgruppen för RRI Tools samlad i Bryssel för projektets kick-off i januari 2014.
Members of the RRI Tools’ consortium at the project kick-off in Brussels in January 2014.

The aim of the EU project RRI Tools was to promote responsible research and innovation with, and for society, and to develop tools to advocate, train, disseminate and implement RRI.  The toolkit can be used by a wide range of stakeholders, such as researchers, civil society, industry, educational organisations and policy makers. RRI Tools was a three-year project funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and ran from 2014-2016.

The project consisted of three main stages: (1) collection of stakeholders’ opinions and needs as well as existing good RRI practice (2) compilation and development of a common EU toolkit and; (3) training on how to use the toolkit and dissemination and advocacy of RRI.

Nineteen RRI national “hubs” were been created to provide coverage to 30 countries in the European Research Area. The composition of the hubs varies from country to country, but typically consisted of a national coordinator and other members, representing for example, research, industry, civil society, educational organisations and policy makers.

In Sweden, Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science) was the national coordinator of the Swedish hub. As part of the Swedish contribution to the project, we have run workshops to identify national good practice in RRI and gather the views of stakeholders on their needs and constraints regarding practicing RRI. In 2016, VA organised further workshops and delivered training in how to use the European RRI tools, as well as spread the concept of RRI more widely to relevant parties.

For more information about RRI take a look at the RRI Toolkit or contact a member of the VA team.

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Read the latest articles about VAs RRI work:


| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

VA to help research open up to society in new EU project

Press release 9 May 2017

ORION is a new collaborative European project to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise and do research. VA (Public & Science) is one of the nine partners in the project. ORION kicks off in Barcelona this week.

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| Helen Garrison

VA’s views on Horizon 2020 and funding post-2020

Do more to address citizens’ needs and involve them in the research and innovation process. Include the humanities and social sciences more in Horizon 2020 calls. These are two of the recommendations put forward by VA (Public & Science) in response to the European Commission’s public stakeholder consultation, which forms part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Responses to the questionnaire will help the Commission improve its implementation of H2020 and inform EU research and innovation funding post-2020.

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| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

VA inspiring innovation at Engage 2016

Each year, the Engage conference in the UK brings together delegates interested in public engagement in Higher Education institutions. The 2016 conference theme was ‘inspiring innovation’. VA (Public & Science) contributed to the programme with a workshop on RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), together with University College London (UCL).

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| Helen Garrison

Swedish organisation wins European Award for responsible innovation

Mistra Urban Futures, the Swedish centre for sustainable urban development, has won the first European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation (EFARRI). The Award recognises research projects that have successfully incorporated RRI practices that align research with the needs of society and actively contribute towards the development of a smart, inclusive and sustainable society.

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| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

800 people, 450 tools, 18 languages: A new collaborative toolkit to support responsible research and innovation

The new version of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Toolkit www.rri-tools.eu has now been released, supported by a community of more than 800 individuals and institutions from all over Europe. This open online platform was launched by the European RRI Tools project to help research and innovation actors across Europe work in a more social, ethical, and sustainable way, a requisite in many European funding calls.

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| Helen Garrison

How can research meet contemporary societal challenges? Event summary

In order to solve the major societal challenges, there must be collaboration between researchers, civil society, industry, the public sector and the public during the whole of the research and innovation process. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI, was launched by the European Commission as a key element of the Horizon 2020 research programme. But what does it mean in practice, and how do we achieve it in Sweden?

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| Helen Garrison

RRI Toolkit now live!

In order to solve the major societal challenges that we face, researchers, civil society, industry, the public sector and the public must work together. This type of cooperation is the foundation of Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI – a key concept in the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020. A web-based toolkit is now available to help stakeholders implement RRI.

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