ORION - Open Responsible research and Innovation to further Outstanding kNowledge

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From 01/05/2017 to 30/04/2021

The ORION project will explore ways in which research and funding organizations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organize and do research.

The project focuses on triggering evidence-based institutional, cultural and behavioural changes in Research Funding and Performing Organizations (RFPOs), targeting researchers, management staff and high-level leadership.

The aim of the project is to “embed” Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles in RPFOs’ policies, practices and processes to organise and do research. Since science is about creativity and collaboration, the project extend further collaboration in research by engaging in co-creation experiments with multiple stakeholders.

The project will organize different “open-experiments” in three key challenge areas:

  1. Opening up the research engine – making RFPOs more permeable to receiving input from numerous, distinct stakeholders
  2. Identifying risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies;
  3. Running multi-stakeholder projects based on citizen science. After an initial assessment and benchmarking exercise, we will use our three challenges as case studies to explore different co-creation methods with multiple stakeholders, and spark dialogue between unusual combinations of actors (e.g. funders and the public, or researchers, industry and the public).

The project will apply the RRI principles on the scientific process and governance, identify drivers and barriers, interests and values, and eventually produce “prototypes” for current and future societal challenges. Toward raising knowledge on RRI in practice and enriching the current training, we will generate innovative training programmes and modules based on the peer-to-peer learning approach, targeting young researchers and professionals at funding agencies.

The consortium, which involves RPFOs from different countries, representatives of RRI stakeholders and experts in social sciences, will move forward to achieve and embed Open Science.

The ORION Open Science Podcast - intended to be an easy and entertaining way to learn more about Open Science and research, a series of interviews exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of the current scientific system, and what Open Science practices can do to improve the way we do science.

The ORION inspiring stories booklet filled with ideas & examples on how to embed Open Science & RRI  in Research Funding and Performing Organizations, and how to engage the public in science through co-creation. public dialogue. gaming, citizen science, arts & more


1.    Fundació Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG), Spain
2.    Masarykova  Univerzita (MU), Czech Republic
3.    The Babraham Institute (BI), UK
4.    Max-Delbruck-Centrum Fur Molekulare Medizin In Der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC), Germany
5.    Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
6.    Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA), Sweden
7.    Universitat Autònoma de Brcelona (UAB), Spain
8.    Jihomoravske Centrum Pro Mezinarodni Mobilitu, Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych Osob (JCMM), Czech Republic
9.    Fondazione ANT Italia Onlus (ANT), Italy

Associated partners:

1.    Building and Promoting Excellence in Life Science in Europe (EU-LIFE), Europe-wide
2.    Helmholtz Association (HA), Germany
3.    Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), UK
4.    Neuron Fund for Support of Science (NEURON), Czech Republic
5.    eLIFE (eLIFE), World-wide
6.    European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), Europe-wide
7.    BIOCAT (BIOCAT), Catalonia
8.    Foster Platform (FOSTER), Europe-wide

Michela Bertero

Centre for Genomic Regulation

Head of International and Scientfic Affairs

Total cost: EUR 3 157 301,25
EU contribution: EUR 3 157 301,25

ORION is a 4-year project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741527. This project addresses the Horizon 2020 call for “SwafS-04-2016” under the Science with and for Society Work Programme.

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