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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in NANO2021

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a strategic priority under the NANO2021 programme and refers to an approach in which research, technology development and innovation are viewed as socially interwoven processes. This page presents information on and news related to RRI, from both the Research Council of Norway and Europe.

The challenge lies in deriving maximum positive benefits for society from the technologies while staying focused on potential, unintended negative impacts and risks related to the same technologies. The Research Council of Norway is active on several fronts contributing to and securing Responsible Research and Innovation

Applicants to NANO2021 must in their projects describe relevant research questions to be addressed by the project relating to health, safety and environment (HSE) and/or ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of the research or other RRI perspectives, and should preferably involve stakeholders, when relevant. Four keywords are:

  • Look forward!
  • Think through!
  • Invite along!
  • Work together!

A more detailed description of the concept RRI and examples of the incorporation of RRI perspectives into NANO2021-funded projects may be found in the attachments in the colon to the right.

The Research Council of Norway is committed to researchers getting a better understanding of what RRI implies, thus in April 2015 NANO2021 arranged for the first time a seminar on the theme for all its scholars.

The Nano-fellows found it useful to have discussions about responsible innovation in their own research.

In Europe, via ERA-NET and in Horizon 2020, NANO2021 and other programmes at The Research Council of Norway contributes actively to implementing RRI on the project level.

Written by:
Cecilie Anita Mathiesen Seniorrådgiver 22 03 75 43