NewHoRRIzon is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems. In this frame, multiple stakeholders (from research, business, policy making, education and civil society) are involved in research and innovation on the project and system level to better align its processes and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. A first big step was the operationalisation of RRI into the following six key elements: ethics, gender equality, governance, public engagement, science education and open access.
foster the integration of RRI into European, national and local Research and Innovation practice and funding
organise 19 Social Labs and co-create pilot actions and activities and develop narratives and storylines based on the experience from these pilots
develop and disseminate a concept of Societal Readiness of Technology (= Societal Readiness Levels)
raise awareness on Responsible Research and Innovation and mainstream RRI best practices and NewHoRRIzon results
provide results on how to better integrate RRI into the next European Framework Programme
create a RRI Network including the national funding agencies and develop a RRI community starting with a RRI Ambassadors programme
The Social Labs are at the core of the project. Their goal is to provide a socially based, experimental and systematic approach for addressing complex social challenges related to RRI. Each Social Lab is dedicated to a different section of Horizon 2020 (H2020), the current European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (see the image below). For every section of H2020 different stakeholders will gather in a Social Lab to define the social challenges at stake and develop social experiments (= pilot actions and activities) to overcome them. This process will eventually produce storylines and narratives which will be shared as widely as possible to mainstream RRI.
See here to learn more about the social lab approach
The NewHoRRIzon RRI exhibition is a virtual museum about the democratic and social improvement of research and innovation. Most of the material you will find there was made by the interdisciplinary network of project members and participants experimenting with the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the NewHoRRIzon project. The project´s goal is to continue to use this space - whether as inspiration for proposal writing, best practices for policy makers and researchers, or as a guest project in their visiting exhibition room - the RRI.ex is open to all who are looking for new ways to create a positive impact on society through research and innovation.
Policy Brief #1 – RRI in H2020: Current status and steps forward
Policy Brief #2 – Lacking Integration of Societal Needs and Ethical Concers into European Research and Innovation Policy Severly Limits the Ability to Tackle ‘Grand Challenges’
Policy Brief #3 – Policy Transfer and Shared Knowledge Base Learning from Policy Implementation
Policy Brief #4 – Stimulating Responsible Research and Innovation with the online Societal Readiness Thinking Tool
A public course, open for everybody and free of charge. In this online course, you will learn about why it is important to act responsibly in your R&I processes and reflect on the different fields of application. You will get introduced to several tools that will help make your own work in research and/or innovation more aware by introducing concepts of RRI and related issues to your work or study settings. In addition, we will present inspiring examples and cases from the NewHoRRIzon RRI pilots, which effectively applied RRI in different sciences. Finally, you will see how you can consider R&I processes from different viewpoints by conducting exercises. The course is specifically customized for researchers and students, innovators, policymakers as well as interested people from personal development, education and innovation trainers.
The SR Thinking Tool provides a generic methodology allowing researchers to reflect on the societal impact of their work at critical stages in the project life cycle. The primary goal is to help researchers align their project activities with societal needs and expectations. The SR Thinking Tool asks reflective questions to stimulate thinking about how to integrate ideas about RRI into research practice.
An interactive resource exploring what it means to practice Responsible Research and Innovation, it offers 20 provocations to inspire and challenge people as they reflect on the topic: from the theories that underpin responsible research and innovation to the way we carry out this kind of work