RRI-Tools: Fostering Responsible Research & Innovation

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aims to bring together researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses and educators to cooperate during the entire research and innovation process in order to align the outcomes of research with the values and needs of society.

RRI is a cross-cutting issue in the European Commission ‘Horizon 2020’ Framework Programme. Its ultimate ambition is to address the great challenges of our time (climate change, energy, health, etc.) and to encourage smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. It is still an emerging concept and, in order to implement RRI, concrete tools are needed. This is where this project steps in. 

RRI Tools is a project funded for three years (2014-2016) by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). A multidisciplinary consortium consisting of 26 institutions has been set up, extending across 30 countries in the European Research Area. This consortium brings together considerable experience in the key components of RRI across Europe. In addition, the project aims to be collaborative and inclusive in itself in order to increase creativity and shared ownership of the process. Researchers, civil society, educators, industry, and policy makers will join forces in RRI Tools to work together on the design of a better relationship between research and innovation on the one hand and society on the other.

This project aims to develop a Toolkit to help in the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe. Collaborating with all stakeholders, it will help create a Community of Practice in Europe, which will ensure the use, evolution and enrichment of the Toolkit. In order to build this Community of Practice, the Consortium relies on 19 national centres, the RRI Hubs, responsible for opening participation to the maximum number of institutions and individuals in the field.The project is divided into three phases and is based on a permanent dialogue with all the stakeholders.

Nineteen RRI Hubs have been created to provide coverage to 30 countries in the European Research Area, extending across the length and breadth of Europe. These hubs are responsible for training in the use of these tools, advocating policy makers at national and regional level, and spreading the concept of RRI. The ultimate goal is bring into being a European community of practice that draws together all people and organisations that are active in this new vision of scientific and social development, and that can use and continuously contribute to the RRI Toolkit.

Project type
  • FP7
Country of the coordinating institution
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • FP7
  • Serbia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • Social Sciences
January 2014 - December 2016

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on October 23, 2015
Modified on April 7, 2016