Library: Responsible Research and Innovation

What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take-up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.

Implementing RRI in Horizon 2020

Responsible research and innovation is key action of the ‘Science with and for Society’ objective. RRI actions will be promoted via ‘Science with and for Society’ objective via:

RRI is furthermore a ‘cross-cutting issue’ in Horizon 2020, which will be promoted throughout Horizon 2020 objectives. In many cases, inter- and transdisciplinary solutions will have to be developed, which cut across the multiple specific objectives of Horizon 2020. Within the specific objectives of the programme, actions can focus on thematic elements of RRI, as well as on more integrated approaches to promote RRI uptake.

Source: European Commission website

RRING Table of deliverables

Deliverable name
D 1.6.
RRING self-evaluation and consultation guidelines

D 1.7.
RRING Knowledge database of RRI- GoSpin

July 2020.
D 2.3.
Strategies to mobilise and promote RRING

May 2020
D 2.4.
Training materials for stakeholders to use RRING deliverables join RRING network

 November 2020
D 2.5.
Final Dissemination & Communications Report

April 2021
D 3.1
SoA of RRI in Europe/ N America

January 2021.
D 3.2
SoA of RRI in L America

January 2021.
D 3.3
SoA of RRI in Africa

January 2021.
D 3.4
SoA of RRI in Asia

January 2021.
D 3.5
SoA of RRI in Arab

January 2021.
D 4.1
Report on RRI Best Practice and learning opportunities

December 2021.
D 4.2
Global SDG and RRI comparative analysis

August 2021 (not ready yet)
D 5.1
Recommendations Report on methodology to leverage RRI competitive advantages

July 2021.
D 6.1
Alignment of RRI to advance the UN SDGs

October 2021 (Delayed)
D 6.2
High-level strategies for each of the 7 Geographic regions

January 2021.
D 6.3
Results of the workshop on RRI strategies and roadmaps for 2 selected EU countries

April 2021
D 6.4
Recommendations report on improvements to MORRI indicators for European RRI initiatives

April 2021
D 7.1.
SoA of RRI networks and Network theory

D 7.2
RRING Network model, implementation plan, and risk assessment plan

Delayed – October 2021
D 7.3
Report on a trial period of RRING Network functionality
April 2021


RRING Public Forum Events

RRING public forum events are a vital part of our work in bringing various stakeholders together around a topic of mutual interest and for a common purpose.  They form part of our ongoing work in taking responsible, research and innovation conversations outside of academia and into the public domain, with an objective of mutual collaboration to tackle societal challenges specifically the UN Sustainable Development goals.  They are based on three principles:

  • Co-creation (ie. What can we as a group of stakeholders do to address the topic)?
  • Social innovation (How can we meet societal needs in an innovative way?)
  • Social entrepreneurship (What entrepreneurial solutions can society produce?)

Better science requires mutual learning between scientists and the public in order to understand a breadth of perspectives, frames and global views. It also provides an opportunity for the dissemination of science and research. Members of the RRING network should be looking for opportunities to host or get involved with public forum type events in order to truly achieve the RRING objectives.

Future events

Any member of the RRING community can hold a public forum event with the support of the RRING project team. Learn more here.

Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation in Research Funding
and Research Conducting Organisations – What Have We Learned So Far?

It can be downloaded in the following link.

Progress H2020, innovation Policies, WP6 SDG/Grand Challenges Link
Progress H2020 5.1 Case Studies, WP3&4 domains Link
Progress H2020 3.2 Societal desirable Innovation review, WP3&4 country review Link
Progress H2020 Requirement matrix, WP3&4&5 RPFO funding and RRI Link
Responsibility Network Preparation, WP7 Link
Expert group on RRI, WP3&4 SoA on RRI in EU Link
RRI Science education, WP3&4&6 EU vision on SE Link
RRI Option of policy in EU, WP4&5 RRI Policy and EU Link
Responsibility 3.2 Forum, WP7 Network and database Link

UNESCO Recommendations on science and Scientific researchers, TRUST project, COMEST,
Ethics in Science, IBC/IGBC, National Ethics Committees

International Bioethics Committee Link
Members of the International Bioethics Committee Link
World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) Link
Report of World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) on Robotics Ethics Link
San Code of Research Ethics Link
Arab Charter of Ethics of Science and Technology Link
Cracking the code: Girls’ education in STEM Link
UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum. Cracking the code: girls’ education in STEM Link
Report of the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum Link
Cracking the code: Girls’ and women’s education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Link
Key Findings: Cracking the code: Girls’ and women’s education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Link

RRI - Projects

Project title

Relevance to RRING project

Relationship to the RRING project

GENOVATE Gender Equality project Gender is one of the 6 RRI keys researched in the project. Expertise and results from the GENOVATE project will be incorporated in SoA.
MARINA Marine RRI and Network Network Theory and models for future RRING will be required and investigated in project. MARINA network model will be examined.
SHAPE ENERGY Ethics of Energy and ICT Energy and Digital are 2 of the four key domains of RRING. Ethics is a key part of RRI. Expertise and results from the SHAPE ENERGY project will be incorporated in SoA.
PROGRESS RRI convergence roadmap to EC model RRING will not propose a top-down convergence of EC RRI, but learn from Global variations in RRI. Lessons learnt from PROGRESS will be incorporated in Global workshops.
GEST Ethics Framework report RRING will learn from the GEST methodology in encouraging dialogue between different geographies and sharing of knowledge.
RRI Tools Tools for RRI These RRI tools will be incorporated into the global comparative analysis of RRI best practice for the knowledge base.
NUCLEUS RPO focus Enhances RRING RPO stakeholder expertise. RRING will learn from 30 international test sites.
CONSIDER CSO engagement RRING can integrate the insights on how to embed CSOs in research as part of the implementation of RRI.
PRINTEGER RRI Ethics RRING will incorporate results in RRING knowledge base.
RESPONSIBILITY Platforms RRING community model will learn from the RESPONSIBILITY Observatory platform and forum.
FoTTRIS Tools and Policy RRING will incorporate into the global comparative knowledge base.
RRI – Practise RRI in Practise Understanding the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of RRI both in European and global contexts, specialising in RPO and RFO (research funding organisations).
NewHoRRIzon Integrating RRI in the research NewHoRRIzon aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels.
PERFORM Involving young people to science PERFORM investigates the effects of the use of innovative science education methods in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in selected secondary schools.
HEIRRI Integration of RRI to the education of future scientists The aim of HEIRRI project is to start the integration of RRI within the formal and informal education of future scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R+D+i process.
MoRRI Benefits of RRI MoRRI’s main objective is to provide scientific evidence, data, analysis and policy intelligence to support research funding activities and policy-making activities in relation with Responsible Research and Innovation.
GREAT Platforms The GREAT project will develop an empirically based and theoretically sound model of the role of responsible research and innovation governance.
Res-AGorA Responsibility The major goal of the Res-AGorA project was to design a normative and comprehensive governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation.
GRACE Responsibility RRI to Achieve Institutional Change

This project is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme.