Date: 14 June 2022By

The Connection Between Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Horizon Europe (HE)

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In which ways are Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Horizon Europe (HE) connected?

The RRI framework and HE both strive to implement responsible research and were both initiated by the European Commission. RRI stands for Responsible Research and Innovation and Horizon Europe is a large funding program which aims to facilitate research projects from the European region, in collaboration with international partners.

How will your research project be among those selected for the Horizon Europe Program?

The European Commission aims to support sustainable innovations that allow high living standards for the whole society. If you participate in a Horizon call, you will increase your chances of being accepted by paying attention to RRI principles. Also from this perspective, the funding projects of Horizon Europe match responsible research and innovation standards since they prefer such projects.

Why are global awareness of RRI and its implementation essential?

Awareness of RRI is one essential condition to overcome grand societal challenges. Implementation of RRI guidelines like Ethics, Gender Equality, Governance, Open Access, Public Engagement and Science Education happens through engagement of societal actors – scientists, civil society, education workers, the economy and politicians.

Part of the WAITRO mission is to drive sustainable development to raise the global standard of living in the long term. Sustainability is ensured through responsibility for society and for the environment. Sustainable development can be realized through additional education options, support of women in technology driven research fields, climate-friendly innovations and political decisions which accomplish societal challenges.

How do we implement these responsible research principles in science, business and politics?

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner, scientific director of the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), will address this question during the online WAITRO workshop A Practical Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She will highlight the RRI in the context of innovation ecosystems, the SDGs and the Green Deal, among others.

This event is part of the WAITRO Event Series on Diversity in International Research Cooperation, and it is target to researchers and research managers, business development managers that are interested in responsible research.

Date: June 15th (13:00-14:00 CEST).

It is free and open to everyone.

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