RRIL | Responsible Research and Innovation Learning

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From 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2021

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is one key strategy of the EU to reinforce the innovation capacity of the European research centres in terms of the creation of applicable and socially accepted innovation based on research evidence. Our project focuses on this issue developing learning modules on three main lines of the RRI: public engagement, gender and ethics in research & innovation for academics, future academics and non-academics working in enterprises, in the local and regional public administration, ONGs among others.

The development and application of these modules first in the participating universities and later in other HEIs and research institutes will contribute to increase the capability of the institutions to apply effectively RRI principles, strengthening the interrelation of the HEI's and research centres with the society, especially at local and regional level.

The methodology used in the development of the modules is co-creation. Co-creation is connected to innovation approaches as user-innovation, open innovation and social innovation, in which the users play a essential role in the development of new ideas and applications. In the education science, co-creation is also a emerging issue considering the learners and practitioners as peers in the development of learning contents. This approach will be used and tested in this project to implement RRI-principles in HEI's and to increase the innovation capacity of the academics and researchers, but also non-academic agents of change stimulating their networking skills and their creativity to contribute to resolve societal challenges at local, regional, national and European level.

Open access learning programme on responsible and sustainable Innovation 

The RRIL learning programme addresses the responsibility of academy and other innovation actors to bring science-based innovation nearer to society and promote ecological, economic and social sustainability, following the Sustainable Development Goals.

The open programme is available in English and Spanish for consultation, download and importation to other learning platforms (e.g., Moodle) [English programme / Spanish programme]. For the access as student to the programme and its course, please, sent an e-mail to

The overall learning material has four modules that can also be used individualy:

The program addresses Master Students, PhD students, representatives of business (esp. start-ups community) local communities and NGOs engaged in innovation process. It aims at helping students to understand and analyse the dynamics of science-based innovation processes and the integration of principles of responsible and sustainable innovation focusing on public engagement, gender equality and innovation ethics.

The practitioners will learn the reasons to implement Responsible & Sustainable Innovation (ReSI) in their research work to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The program aims at helping the practitioners to understand the dynamics of public engagement, the relevance of gender equality for the research processes and the tools for apply innovation ethics in science based innovation processes.

It provides the students with insight to

  • (a) reflect on their research and innovation, even in an early-stage career development;
  • (b) anticipate intended and unintended consequences of their activities;
  • (c) apply criteria of open-science, making transparent the intention of the research and innovation, the actors involved and their particular interest; and
  • (d) include stakeholders (e.g., citizens, NGO…) in the deliberation processes from the beginning to the end of the science-based innovation process.

The programme is designed as online and blended learning with tutorship, but can also be used as MOOC.

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain; coordinator),

Foundation Tarragona Smart Mediterranean Region (Spain),

Notus-asr (Spain),

Kozminski University (Poland),

Institute of Innovative Economy (Poland) and

Tampere University.


Department of Chemical Engineering
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (2018-1-ES01-KA203-050890)

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