EU regions are starting to address Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), but they face common challenges of perceived complexity of the concept and means of application, lack of appropriate approaches for public authorities and lack of awareness over its huge potential impacts.
In MARIE, partners from 8 regions face these challenges together in the context of their smart specialisation priority sectors. Their objective is to improve regional public policy that supports delivery of RRI to enterprises’ product, process and service design, production and distribution. Changes are expected in projects funded by policy instruments and in policy management structures and strategic focus, including integration of RRI criteria and RRI as a horizontal concept.
MARIE achieves this through exchanging experiences on 3 types of support action contained in the RRI framework: Quadruple Helix; Open Innovation; Information & Tools for RRI application.
Using interregional activities, communication and stakeholder engagement, partners develop Action Plans that result in: improved policy instruments; more and better targeted funding for RRI delivery; increased capacity among innovation actors; consolidated partnerships of quadruple helix innovation chain stakeholders.
All innovation chain players benefit. MARIE works towards a medium-term impact of increased awareness and capacity on RRI delivery and a long-term impact of increased responsibility in innovation, with correlated benefits in growth and competitiveness.
--> explores the importance of open, social, and responsible innovation to promote transformative changes. The rising societal grand challenges require transformative changes beyond research and innovation to also include institutional, social, and organisational changes towards inclusiveness and sustainability. Open, social, and responsible innovation participate to this policy shift. Transformative change policies imply greater regional policy experimentations making Interreg Europe projects the ideal space for policy learning. This policy brief features five policy recommendations using the experience of Interreg Europe projects to inspire policymakers to better design and deliver open, social, and responsible innovation policies.