RRI – Responsible research and innovation

What is RRI?

Responsible research and innovation is about conducting research and innovation in a way that takes into account societal needs and challenges throughout the whole research and innovation process.

Image: EU RRI Tools project, rri-tools.eu.

RRI is an umbrella term and is about ensuring that research and innovation is undertaken in a way that is as inclusive as possible. It is also is about ensuring research and innovation is accepted by everyone concerned and that it contributes to sustainable development.

RRI includes the following policy areas: ethics, gender equality, governance, open access / open science, public engagement and science education .

Inclusiveness, openness and transparency throughout the whole process

RRI shouldn’t just be applied to research results and innovations but the whole research and innovation process as well, according to the following 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: researcherspolicy makersbusiness and industrycivil society organisations and the education community, are also available.

How does VA work with RRI?

VA has been involved in many projects that promote responsible research and innovation:

  • Super MoRRI– will develop and improve methods for measuring activities within RRI (responsible research and innovation).
  • ORION Open Science
    – this project, which has now come to an end, aimed to make research in the life sciences and biomedicine more open and incorporate more societal perspectives into the research process.
    – this project, which has now come to an end, developed a toolkit to support Responsible Research and Innovation.
  • SciShops
    – this project, which has now come to an end developed an ecosystem for Science Shops in Europe.
  • Open science workshops (in Swedish)

Further information

Relevant social media hashtags: #RRI

Read the latest about our work

Joining forces for a global 21st century Responsible Research and Innovation Network

The RRING network, the NewHoRRIzon and the ORION Open Science project held an online roundtable on 3 September, as part of the Euroscience Open Forum 2020, on ”Joining forces for a global 21st century… Läs mer


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What’s next for SwafS in Europe? Report on Brussels event

Integrate RRI as a cross-cutting issue in the EU framework programme for R&I. Use the SwafS programme to advance EU’s Open Science agenda! These were some of the suggestions raised… Läs mer


2017-03-06 |


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News articles, Nyheter, Referat, RRI Tools, SwafS

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… Läs mer


2017-03-01 |


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News articles, Nyheter, RRI Tools, SwafS

RRI in Europe: what’s next?

The three-year European RRI Tools project has now come to an end. Karin Larsdotter, who managed the Swedish hub of the RRI Tools project, shares her views on what has been… Läs mer


2017-01-24 |


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