RRI & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take-up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.

Source: European Commission website 

Implementing RRI in Horizon 2020

Responsible research and innovation is the key action of the ‘Science with and for Society’ objective. RRI actions will be promoted via ‘Science with and for Society’ objective via:

RRI is furthermore a ‘cross-cutting issue’ in Horizon 2020, which will be promoted throughout Horizon 2020 objectives. In many cases, inter- and transdisciplinary solutions will have to be developed, which cut across the multiple specific objectives of Horizon 2020. Within the specific objectives of the programme, actions can focus on thematic elements of RRI, as well as on more integrated approaches to promote RRI uptake.


GRRIP builds on the outcomes of a number of EU, national, and international projects and is also linked to several ongoing and EU projects. Our research and all our efforts are linked to or is building upon the following RRI projects.

Video on RRI produced for the EU-funded Co-Change Project by ESSRG:

In research guided by responsible research and innovation (RRI), members of society work with scientists to align both the entire research process and its results with societal needs. The researcher and the research institute or research funder turn openly to citizens and involve the relevant societal actors in formulating research questions and collecting and analysing data. In RRI-guided research, scientists never forget to ask themselves: will our research do good to society and the Earth? What will its long-term social, ethical, and ecological consequences be?


RRI Global Community: Many of the RRING key partners are GRRIP partners. RRING will be a compiling global State of the Art of RRI.


Marine RRI and Network: MARINA is a knowledge-sharing platform for responsible marine research and innovation. The network theory and models established in this projects are required and investigated for future GRRIP.

RRI Tools

Tools for RRI: Tools from the RRI Toolkit will be incorporated into the RRI SoA (State of the Art) and best practice for the GRRIP knowledge base.


Gender Equality in the Mediterranean area: This is a gender equality project. One of the GRRIP partners (CNR) was involved in this project and will transfer experience to GRRIP, especially in audit and monitoring, and evaluation.


RPO (research performing organisation) focus: Findings from the NUCLEUS project enhance GRRIP’s RPO stakeholder expertise. Our project will learn from 30 international test sites.


CSO engagement: GRRIP can integrate the insights on how to embed CSOs in research as part of the implementation of RRI.


RRI Ethics: GRRIP will incorporate the results of these projects into its knowledge database.


Platforms: The GRRIP marine & maritime community model will learn from this project’s observatory platform and forum.


Gender Equality project: Gender is one the 5 RRI keys researched in the GRRIP project. Expertise and results from the GENOVATE project will be incorporated in GRRIP SoA.


Ethics of Energy and ICT: The expertise and results regarding Ethics from this project will be incorporated in the GRRIP SoA.


RRI to Achieve Institutional Change: Actions to develop a Roadmap for embedding RRI in 6 RPO/RFOs

GRRIP wants to align its endeavors in implementing RRI in marine research organizations to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have defined endeavors in this regard for 12 of 17 SDGs.

No Poverty

Implementing RRI in M&M research organizations improves fundamental research and thus assists ending poverty.

No Hunger

Improved fundamental research through the implementation of RRI contributes to marine food security and sustainability.

Good Health and Well Being

Quality Education

GRRIP promotes science education in its research programs.

Gender Equality

We strive for gender equality in all aspects of GRRIP.


The research organizations in this project research water. Embedding RRI in these organizations will improve research in this area.


GRRIP implements RRI and thus improves research fundamentally in research organizations specialized in renewable energies.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Industry Innovation

GRRIP engages with industry through all stages of RRI.

Reduced Inequalities

Sustainable Cities


GRRIP embraces sustainability, especially by creating a general framework for the M&M community.


Our M&M research organizations research climate change. Embedding RRI will help to fundamentally improve this research.


Embedding RRI in M&M research organizations will assist improving research about the sustainable use of the ocean.

Life on Land

Inclusive Research

GRRIP will ensure accountable and inclusive research organizations at all levels.


Our engagement with research organizations will stimulate new partnerships.


GRRIP wants to align its endeavors in implementing RRI in marine research organizations to the Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations

What GRRIP does on SDGs

This project has received funding from the European Union’s European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 820283.

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