Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

 Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a multi-actor approach that implies the public engagement of societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, NGOs, business, etc.) which work together over the whole R&I innovation process. The main objective is to promote the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. At the same time, this approach would guarantee that R&I outcomes line up with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI enables easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the R&I process, and formal and informal science education.

In recent years the concept has been used broadly, as a method to verify whether the processes and outputs are acceptable and socially desirable.

RRI Tools, a three-year project (2014-2016) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program (FP7), has produced a quick guide explaining what responsible research and innovation really means and why it is so important for modern society

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