Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

 Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a multi-actor approach that implies the public engagement of societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, NGOs, business, etc.) which work together over the whole R&I innovation process. The main objective is to promote the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. At the same time, this approach would guarantee that R&I outcomes line up with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI enables easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the R&I process, and formal and informal science education.

In recent years the concept has been used broadly, as a method to verify whether the processes and outputs are acceptable and socially desirable.

RRI Tools, a three-year project (2014-2016) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program (FP7), has produced a quick guide explaining what responsible research and innovation really means and why it is so important for modern society

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499 companies selected under the SME instrument in 2018 (so far)

 499 SMEs (small-medium enterprises) have been selected so far under the 2018 rounds of the SME instruments. They will receive a total amount of 228,89M€ to develop their projects and get their innovations to the market quicker.

The lion's share of the companies selected come from the information and communication technology ICT, health, and engineering sectors. Most of the SMEs are based in Spain (113), Italy (61), and France (50). 

What is SME Instrument 2018-2020 Phase 1-2?

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​SwafS: New low-cost technology as enabling factor

The EU is advocating for an open science agenda, of which citizen science is an important element. It can involve a vast range of activities. New technological and low-cost instruments are opening up new opportunities for public engagement with research. IT technologies enable citizens to engage in monitoring pollution, collecting data on biodiversity, language studies as well as many other research activities.


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Citizen Science in Swafs Work Programme

Research and Innovation are key drivers of growth and prosperity. The new wave of technology-oriented science will have a deep impact on our economies and, as a result, citizens' daily life.

Many feel concerned with the most advanced scientific and technological breakthroughs. The fast-pace scientific development, especially in computer science and digital technology, is widening asymmetries between individuals with different tools to access and interact with science. Puzzlement and fear are emergent outcomes of this process. 

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Horizon 2020: Cybersecurity in the Work Programme 2018-2020

The Cybersecurity contractual Public Private Partnership (cPPP) has provided input for H2020 WP2018-2020. The topics belonging to the Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' Cybersecurity call are part of the contribution of the Commission to the cybersecurity cPPP. Within this framework, the European Commission has launched a call for a €50 million pilot to support the creation of a network of cybersecurity competence centres. The scope is to scale up existing research for the benefit of the cybersecurity of the Digital Single Market, with solutions that can be marketable. The experience collected in the selected projects will contribute to the design of the future competence network which will include a European Cybersecurity Research and Competence Centre. The call for proposals is open until 29 May 2018.


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Europe and the cybersecurity fostered by the Horizon 2020 calls.

 Cybersecurity and digital technologies are two sides of the same coin. They have become the backbone of the developed economies and sources of new market opportunities. Finance, health, energy and transport, each economic sector has to deal with digital transformation to keep up running in an increasingly competitive market. Old and new business models are now based on the seamless high rate access to the internet and on the effectiveness of ICT systems.


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Circular economy and recycling


Circular economy and recycling have become recurring key concepts in the EU policy instruments in the last decade. The EU has included them in its effort to transform the economy by reaching the sustainable development goals and industrial policy objectives. This means stimulating growth through innovation that is environmentally, socially and financially sustainable as well. To do that, the European Commission adopted in December 2015 an ambitious Circular Economy Package. It supports EU businesses and consumers to use resources in a sustainable way.


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Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe & European Funds: something to keep in mind

Redesigned Pillar structure

It is likely that the familiar three-pillar structure of Horizon 2020 will be confirmed in the next framework programme as well, although with not irrelevant modifications.

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Horizon Europe will follow Horizon 2020 from 2021-2027. What changes?

In early May, the European Commission defined budget for its new research programme, running between 2021 and 2027. Horizon Europe, this is the chosen name, is the largest investment programme ever achieved. It will replace the current Horizon2020. The name choice reflects on the Commission's decision to design the new framework programme as an evolution of Horizon 2020, with the name of Horizon Europe clearly representing continuity.

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Towards a more circular economy

In the transition to a more circular economy, the monitoring process is key to detect success factors. This is why the Commission, in the circular economy action plan, pledged to come forward with an effective monitoring framework. The Council of the EU echoed in its conclusions on the circular economy action plan.

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