What is it?

Currently, the progress of society is closely linked to research and innovation. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI is an approach to research that aims to anticipate and evaluate social implications and the impact of research and innovation on society. The RRI includes the participation of citizens in the debate on how science and technology can respond to the social challenges of today’s society.

The RRI frames in a transversal way within the European program Horizon 2020, the framework program for research and innovation of the European Commission 2014-2020. This approach is based on 6 key aspects:

  • Ethics: Research and innovation must respect fundamental rights and adhere to the highest ethical standards to ensure that the resulting results can be acceptable and relevant to society.
  • Gender equality: This is a cross-cutting issue in research in the European Union and is contemplated within H2020. It implies promoting gender balance within institutions and research groups, as well as in decision-making.
  • Governance: Institutions are responsible for implementing an organizational structure that takes into account RRI domains.
  • Open Access: Research and innovation must be accessible and transparent. The results of the publicly funded research should be available free of charge, both the publications and the data that are derived.
  • Citizen participation: The RRI seeks to favor more inclusive research and innovation, where it is possible to give voice and listen to society so that it has a more relevant role in all phases of research and innovation.
  • Scientific Education: It is one of the fundamental pillars to make the future responsible for research in the future (researchers and civil society) have the right tools to make the best possible decisions.


Since IDIVAL has developed various actions for the adoption of the RRI as a framework for research and innovation within each of the 6 aspects of RRI.

What have we done?