Marine and maritime research organisations should be responsible while doing their research and innovation. What does this exactly mean? Here are 6 KEY recommendations for responsible research and innovation.
ETHICS is an integral part of the whole research process. By getting the ethics right, research excellence can be achieved.
GENDER EQUALITY: Research organizations should work against the under-representation of women in science and gender inequalities within organizations and in performing research.
OPEN ACCESS & DATA: Research results and data should be available for free to the public and other researchers so that they can be re-used, reviewed and replicated.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: Research organisations should more collaborate with societal actors during the research process to align science to society’s values, needs
SCIENCE EDUCATION: Efforts must be made to educate citizens and equip them with scientific knowledge so that they can participate in the debate on research and innovation.
GOVERNANCE: Governance affects all other key dimensions of responsible research and innovation (RRI), especially how knowledge is created and shared.
During the 2000s, significant work has been done on the concept of responsible research and innovation supported by EU projects. However, most of the projects related to the institutional change of research organizations (RPOs) and research funding organizations (RFOs) focused on one of these key dimensions individually. But what about the other five? We developed the GRRIP Project with an integrated approach. We are working on creating a sustainable, growing and proactive marine and maritime RRI community.
Our practical RRI framework will help these research organisations to implement institutional and cultural change. Because Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can fundamentally improve research in the Blue Economy.
- RRI IN MARINE RESEARCH: We incorporate responsible research and innovation into the governance framework of five maritime and maritime institutions.
- ENGAGEMENT OF ALL RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS: We engage the quadruple helix in all aspects of Responsible Research & Innovation governance: Academia, industry, policy, and society.
- FUNDING POLICIES: We examine how funding bodies can encourage academia towards Responsible Research & Innovation via its funding policies and interaction.
4 research performing organisations (RPO) and 1 dual-function RPO and research funding organisation (RPO/RFO) in the marine and maritime sector are selected to work on their action plans (total 5 RPO&RFO) to achieve institutional and cultural change.
Its efforts in implementing RRI in marine research organizations GRRIP wants to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and thus assist in ending poverty, contribute to marine food security and sustainability, promote science education, improve research fundamentally about renewable energies, climate change, or sustainable use of the ocean and much more.