European Commission: Responsible Research and Innovation Tools

Guidance Guidance

European Commission

24 March 2021

The RRI Toolkit: Towards an open science and innovation system that tackles the societal challenges of our world

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is:

  • Involving society in science and innovation ‘very upstream’ in the processes of R&I to align its outcomes with the values of society.
  • A wide umbrella connecting different aspects of the relationship between R&I and society: public engagement, open access, gender equality, science education, ethics, and governance.
  • A cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020, the EU Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020.

RRI entails engaging all actors (from individual researchers and innovators to institutions and governments) through inclusive, participatory methodologies in all stages of R&I processes and in all levels of R&I governance (from agenda setting, to design, implementation, and evaluation).

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