Project Details


Responsible research and innovation (RRI) has emerged in recent years as a science policy framework, which seeks to align technological innovation with broader social values, and to support the institutional decisions concerning the goals of research and innovation in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. RRI aims to engage publics and responsible actors in the science and innovation field to produce ethically acceptable, sustainable and socially desirable research and innovation outcomes.

RRI’s rationale is that science and technology have the power to transform the future, that they are socially, ethically and politically entangled and that they can have potentially far-reaching, uncertain and unpredictable social consequences. European Commission views RRI as a framework that can be used to address grand societal challenges through the engagement of societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations and others) in the co-construction of research and innovation, and to better align this process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the European society.

The main aim of RRI-Practice is to analyse RRI related discourses and pathways to implementation, including barriers and drivers, in 22 research conducting and research funding organisations, in 12 European and non-European countries, in order to identify, understand, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels.


1) To develop an analytic framework for analysing organisations’ operationalisation of responsibility and RRI, and associated barriers and drivers, allowing for the design of well-targeted RRI objectives, measures and indicators.
2) To conduct 12 national case studies, containing in total 22 organisational RRI reviews and Outlooks, as well as an internal RRI report for the project.
3) To analyse and compare barriers to and drivers for successful implementation of RRI for each of the EC RRI policy keys, as well as on other interpretations of RRI provided by the organisations studied.
4) To identify, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels.
Effective start/end date1/09/161/09/19


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