Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The HEIRRI International Call for Applications for pilot testing of the HEIRRI training materials is now open!

Dear colleagues,

I am contacting you from the Global University Network for innovation (GUNi) and the ACUP (Catalan Association of Public Universities).

We are currently part of a very interesting initiative: the Higher Education in Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI – www.heirri.euproject, a European Horizon2020 funded project under the call Science for Society. This project aims to promote Responsible Research and Innovation in higher education, and specifically it will provide teaching/training materials in different formats for higher education institutions to integrate into the curriculums of their degrees, or for specific workshops.

The HEIRRI project calls on higher education institutions from all continents interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and its integration into the curricula for a pilot test of two of the training programs and materials developed by the HEIRRI project. The selected institutions will pilot the testing of the HEIRRI materials in parallel with the Consortium member institutions between June 2017 and April 2018. They will actively participate in the learning process, giving feedback on the materials and their use in their institutions. 


The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2017.


We hope you find this call of interest for your institution and networks. Additionally we would be very happy if you could help spreading the word by sharing it with your contacts and websites.


Here you will find:

What is RRI? 

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a term used widely in Europe, we are aware that it is not used in other parts of the world, but it basically focuses on six dimensions (there are some additional definitions but the ideas are similar):


1.     Engagement: It implies that societal challenges should be framed on the basis of widely representative social, economic and ethical concerns and common principles on the strength of joint participation of all societal actors - researchers, industry, policymakers and civil society.

2.     Gender Equality: Addresses the underrepresentation of women, indicating that human resources management must be modernized and that the gender dimension should be integrated in the research and innovation content.

3.     Science Education: Faces the challenge to better equip future researchers and other societal actors with the necessary knowledge and tools to fully participate and take responsibility in the research and innovation process.

4.     Open Access: States that RRI must be both transparent and accessible. Free online access should be given to the results of publicly funded research (publications and data).

5.     Ethics: Requires that research and innovation respects fundamental rights and the highest ethical standards in order to ensure increased societal relevance and acceptability of research and innovation outcomes.

6.     Governance: Addresses the responsibility of policymakers to prevent harmful or unethical developments in research and innovation. The latter is a fundamental basis for the development of the rest of the dimensions.


If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Wishing you a good afternoon,

Marta Cayetano
Tècnica en comunicació / Communication officer
Carrer de la Vila, bloc F, baixos
Campus de la UAB
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
T: 93 519 46 70

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