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Have you successfully incorporated innovative methods to align your research with the needs of society? Do you contribute responsibly to the development of a smart, inclusive and sustainable society?

The European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation invites you to share your responsible research project for a chance to receive €20,000.

Who may apply?

  • Universities, research centres, individual researchers, research consortia, civil society organisations and any other type of organisation involved in a responsible research practice in Europe.
  • Research conducted solely by for-profit organisations is not eligible.
  • The research is ongoing or has been finalised not earlier than 2013.

Application closes 7 December 2015. After an in-depth analysis of fifteen selected finalists, the awards will be offered to the winners at the end of 2016.

What is the reward?
Three prizes of €20,000 each.

How can you apply?
Fill in the application form

Eligibility Criteria:

As participant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your scientific research project or research programme addresses a responsible research practice and is conducted by a university, research centre, industry, civil society organization or other type of organization.
  • Your research coordinator must be located in the European Research Area.
  • Your research must be on-going or have been finalised not earlier than 2013.
  • Your coordinator of the research and his/her team must agree to participate in a case study analysis if short-listed by the Award Committee.
  • Your research team endorses the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

Assessment Criteria:

  1. The scientific quality and results obtained to date by the researcher or research team.
  2.  Successful integration of elements of Responsible Research and Innovation at various stages of the research process:a. Diversity & inclusion: the research involves a wide range of stakeholders (citizens, policy makers, industry etc.) throughout the research process and respects differences.
    b. Anticipation & reflection: the research incorporates an adequate analysis, addressing ethical, legal, social and/or environmental aspects, envisioning plausible futures and facilitating deliberation on values, perceptions, needs and interests.
    c. Openness & transparency: the research communicates appropriate, honest and clear information in order to facilitate fast innovation, constructive collaboration among peers and productive dialogue with civil society.
    d. Responsiveness & adaptive change: the research is flexible and able to change practices in response to feedback, new circumstances and insights of stakeholders and the general public.
  3. Replicability of the methodology

For general information (such as practical information on the online application form): contact KBF:

T +32.2.500.4555 or email proj@kbs-frb.be

For specific information on the contents of this call: Sara Heesterbeek heesterbeek.s@kbs-frb.be

For more information on RRI please visit the RRI Tools website or the RRI website of the European Commission.

Download the full Call for Proposals

The award is a joint initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Fondazione Cariplo (Italy), Lundbeck Foundation (Denmark), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the European Foundation Centre Research Forum.

Together we are searching for the best research for society, with society.

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