RRI Practice

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The RRI-Practice project brings together a unique group of international experts in RRI to understand the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of RRI both in European and global contexts; to promote reflection on organisational structures and cultures of research conducting and research funding organisations; and to identify and support best practices to facilitate the uptake of RRI in organisations and research programmes. The project will review RRI related work in 22 research conducting and research funding organisations and will develop RRI Outlooks outlining RRI objectives, targets and indicators for each organisation. It will involve comparative analysis of the five EC keys of RRI locating these within broader, evolving discourses on RRI. Within each identified RRI dimension the project will analyse how the topic has developed in particular social and institutional contexts, how the RRI concept and configuration meshes, overlaps and challenges existing organisational practices and cultures, leading to an analysis of the barriers and drivers associated with operationalising and implementing RRI.

12 national case studies will allow for in depth studies of, and dialogue with, the included organisations, and will form the basis for systematic analysis and comparison of drivers, barriers and best practices on each dimension of RRI. The project design also allows analysis of such drivers, barriers and best practices related to national and organisational characteristics, safeguarding the need to take into account diversity and pluralism in regional RRI programs. These analyses will ultimately end up in recommendations to the EC about effective, efficient and targeted strategies for increasing RRI uptake in different kinds of organisations and national cultures, in Europe and in selected major S&T intensive economies worldwide. The project will also develop user-friendly guidance aimed directly at research and funding organisations themselves.

The project runs in the period September 2016 until August 2019 and was a response to the European Commission Horizon 2020, Science with and for Society call: Supporting structural change in research organisations to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (ISSI-5-2015)

Contact: Ellen-Marie Forsberg, ellenmarie.forsberg@hioa.no


Project partners


Oslo and Akershus University College HiOA-AFI Norway Ellen-Marie Forsberg (coordinator)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT-ITAS Germany Miltos Ladikas
University of Exeter UNEXE UK Richard Owen
Commissariat a L’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives CEA France Alexei Grinbaum
University of Padova UNIPD Italy Federico Neresini
Applied Research and Communications Fund ARC Fund Bulgaria Zoya Damianova
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (Nijmegen) RUN The Netherlands Luca Consoli
Wageningen University WU The Netherlands Phil Macnaghten
Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development CASTED China Yandong Zhao
Research and Information System for Developing Countries RIS India Sachin Chaturvedi
Arizona Board of Regents ASU US David Guston
Fundacao de Desenvolvimento da UNICAMP FUNCAMP Brazil Marko Monteiro
The University of Queensland UQ Australia Peta Ashworth


All partner organisations will be reviewed in the project. In addition, the following organisations have accepted to be included for RRI review:

Research Council of Norway Norway Funding organisation
Helmholz Association of Research Centres Germany Funding organisation
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) The UK Funding organisation
Parco Galileo Italy Research organisation /technology transfer organisation
Fondazione Telethon Italy Research conducting/ funding organisation
Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria Research policy organisation
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) The Netherlands Funding organisation
National Natural Sciences Foundation of China China Funding organisation
Ministry of Science and Technology, Indian Government India Research policy and funding organisation
University of Campinas Brazil Higher education organisation
Sao Paolo Research Foundation Brazil Funding organisation
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia Research organisation