As a result of the FoTRRIS project, ESSRG established a competence cell with the aim to foster the transition towards more responsible research and innovation systems through the followings:


1. Responsible research and innovation as an overarching principle in national policy making

Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is not solely a new field for funding. RRI should be considered as an overriding principle relevant in all areas of research, development and innovation policies.

2. Responsible research and innovation as a criterion for supporting research and development activities

The principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) should serve as criteria in all kinds of research and development evaluation, funding and support schemes.

3. Increased importance of cooperation and co-creation with stakeholders and citizens in research and development activities

Stakeholders and citizens should be considered as critical actors in research, development and innovation activities. Collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders and citizens should become an expectation and also criteria in research funding and support schemes.


Principal activities of the competence cell:

• Awareness raising among researchers, innovators, and citizens about RRI
• Assist research teams as well as civil knowledge holders to share their expertise and assets
• Connect enterprises/organisations/citizen groups that have a specific problem with potential problem-solvers (researchers/innovators)
• Allow local initiatives, groups to find suitable partners in a systematic manner
• Bring together large numbers of people to form collaborations and address sustainability issues in ways that national government policy/academic research cannot.
• Offer new methods of collaborative learning and knowledge sharing on how-to-do RRI
• Provide methodologies and tools that help interested stakeholders within and outside the research community to set up collaborative projects
• Present and to make visible the achievements of current collaboration activities
• Assist the advocacy of RRI at local, national or EU level
• Assist the international collaborations between current initiatives and partners
• Mobilize the collective intelligence for fostering grassroots processes and practices