Basic information
Original title:
Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations
Acronym:
GRACE
Researchers involved:
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Duration:
1 January 2020–31 December 2021
Code:
824521
Description

GRACE (Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations) is a "Science with and for Society" H2020 funded project that supports the European Commission's objective of spreading and embedding Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the European Research Area.

GRACE's mission is to develop a set of specific Grounding Actions in six performing and funding organisations (Implementing Organisations). These actions will be the basis for the development of a tailored 8-year RRI Roadmap within these organisations to ensure its sustainability and full implementation over the long-term.

Project steps
  1. PREPARATORY PHASE a. Self-analysis. The six implementing organisations (it may also be a research group, a university department, or the whole institution) are asked to reconsider their culture and practices in the light of their present orientation toward RRI. b. They should identify the critical issues they are facing. They may pertain to, for example, organisational issues (lack of time, procedures, work organisation, task distribution, etc.,), staff-related issues (retaining young researchers, increasing the number of permanent positions, managing internal conflicts, etc.), economic issues (reducing costs, accessing new funds and resources, etc.), research-related issues (improving the research quality, accessing better equipment, attracting talents, etc.), relations with external players (policymakers, funding agencies, developers, local authorities, private firms, etc.). c. Developing a self-tailored profile of RRI. In the third step, the RFPOs should develop a self-tailored profile of RRI, i.e., an idea or vision of RRI based on the previous two steps. The key issue here is that of understanding the added value of RRI (as a general policy framework) and of the RRI key areas. Compiling an inventory and analysis of RRI-related activities (often not labelled as RRI-oriented actions) the RFPOs have already in place to be used as "starting points" to move from is also an important step. d. Designing the grounding actions. In the fourth step, the RFPOs should develop a coordinated set of RRI-oriented actions aimed at "grounding" RRI in their culture and practices. The grounding actions will be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) and should be aimed at attaining well-defined institutional changes which, in turn, are expected to be connected to specific RRI indicators. The GAs will be included and integrated in the 8-year Institutional Change Roadmap.
  2. DEVELOPMENTAND MUTUAL LEARNING PHASE. This step is aimed at implementing the grounding actions, integrating them in each implementing institution into a consistent Roadmap toward RRI and permanently embedding them through institutional arrangements of any type (new rules, new practices, new organisational units or functions, new cooperation agreements, etc.).
  3. STOCKTAKING PHASE. The final step to be conducted during the project implementation will be that of assessing the institutional changes attained, ensuring their sustainability after the project lifespan, revising the objectives established for the post-project period, and revising the six Roadmaps toward RRI to be implemented in the next five years. The revision of the Roadmap will consider all the different aspects necessary for generating long-term impacts from the planned GAs, including securing funds and resources, a precise engagement on the part of the organisation's management, a reliable and realistic time plan and an organisational unit or an officer responsible for their appropriate implementation.
Key links

Project manager

Project manager at ZRC

Funded by

Horizon 2020 – Program 'Science with and for Society'

Keywords

Responsible Research and Innovation RRI • Open Science • Open Innovation • Institutional Change • Quadrupole Helix • gender • Public Engagement • education • Ethics • Integrity • Open access